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Soho's Secret Tea Room offers over fifteen types of loose tea, homemade cakes, scones and jams.

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Mon-Sat 12:00-22:00
Sun 12:00-21:00

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By Stephen F.

Very vintage with only the faintest hint of kitsch, Soho’s Secret Tearoom brings a great atmosphere, excellent cakes and some very nice cups of tea to Soho.

The Venue
Located above the famous Coach and Horses on Greek Street, Soho’s Secret Tearoom is relatively true to its word, with the entrance taking you through the bar, up some creaky old stairs and into a room that still plays host to Private Eye’s long boozy lunches. But don’t let that put you off. It’s a little room that’s full of charm and character, and just about the antithesis of the contrived faux-vintage you’re likely to encounter further East. It’s full of doilies, Victorian gilt mirrors, chintz, creaking floorboards and cake stands, ensuring everything feels nicely authentic. There’s plenty of light streaming in through large windows, the staff are dressed quite the dapper or flapper part and the only things likely to prevent you from getting completely swept up in the charm of it all are the frightening pictures of Ian Hislop grinning down from up on high. Avert thine eyes, children.

The Atmosphere
The fact that it’s not in Hackney means that Soho’s Secret Tearoom can be pleasantly inclusive, so don’t feel like you need to don a headscarf and brogues to fit in. The fact that it is in Soho, however, means you can expect to see a pretty diverse clientele, so look for ladies lunching after a matinee, media types getting in on the act and tourists seeking out one of those slices of Great Britain that only really exist in their preconceptions. There’s a suitably pleasant atmosphere though, with the general hubbub of happy conversation interspersed by the sounds of swing from the original gramophone tucked away in the corner.

The Food
Very well priced and with everything homemade, the bits and bobs to eat at Soho’s Secret Tearoom are worth the trip alone. From a round of sandwiches (crusts off, of course) at just £2.95 for six little quarters of either cucumber, egg and cress or smoked salmon and cream cheese, to incredibly good, warm scones (£3.50) served with homemade jams and clotted cream, everything is impressive, not least for the friendly prices. The sponges and fruitcakes (from £2.95) look the part too, with a definite hint of the W.I. about them, whilst the cupcakes come from an independent bakery down the road, so look that little bit prettier, just as cupcakes should.

The Drink
Sixteen different teas are available, all served from the pot and by the leaf, so get ready for the possibly novel act of pouring through a strainer – teabags are so uncouth, don’t you know. There is a reason why leaves are used though, primarily for the fact that they taste far superior. You can enjoy a veritable exploration into the world of tea, from the surprisingly sweet English Breakfast (no need for milk), the strangely enjoyable Gen Mai Cha (filled out and flavoured with toasted rice), the delicate and refreshing Ying Zhen (made from leaves picked at dawn on just two days of the year) and the calming, sweet chamomile (all the way from Egypt), to the peppermint (far superior to the comparatively tasteless bag) and the very strange, very smoky China Lapsang Osprey (with leaves smoked over wood chippings). You’ll leave wanting to sample all those you didn’t get round to trying.

The Last Word
Excellent teas, an authentic atmosphere and some very indulgent bites to eat make this place certainly worth heading to. Thank god it’s not very secret at all.


By Pp C.

When they say secret,they mean it.You have to go through the bar and go upstairs to find where it is( ask the barman if your unsure) Due to its location the tight stairs are not great for the old. Once there only 12 tables,but not over crowded.One member of staff was a little over run,but otherwise very attentive.Cakes and tea very delicious,although the cake and sandwich menu was a little limited.( Choice of four different sandwich fingers, three different cakes or scones and jam ) Lots of different teas and Champagne if you prefer a little treat,but only half bottles.It has a wonderful ambiance of days gone by,but my only real big problem is that most of the crockery,while being of a good standard doesn't match,likewise with the tables and chairs (its as though they bought a cheap job lot from somewhere.)This is a shame as it tends to give the place a jumble sale feel.When I was there the table cloth had tea stains and crumbs on it,but I don't want to appear nit picking,so I'll let that go,but the fresh flowers on the tables was a nice touch.It also needed a few more plants maybe the odd aspidistra or parlor palm to add to its charm.Otherwise a very lovely place,but don't expect a Lyons corner house.Prices( this being London ) were very reasonable.I think this is a fledgeling company that deserves all the patrons it can get.


By Dan S.

Our family went here for a cream tea - the afternoon tea was great; service was good, pleasant and attentive; the tablecloths and china really delightfully English and we really liked the stoppered tea samples too; everyone liked to sniff the gorgeous scents. CT


By Boris B.

This charming Victorian dining room offers 1930s high tea to the mellow music of Noel Coward on a gramophone. Terrific value -delicate sandwiches, fruity fruit cake, just out of the oven scones with home made jam and the best clotted cream. You can choose from 16 varieties of tea, some exceedingly rare, and all served by smart, welcoming and efficient staff. A treat for your friends as much as for your maiden auntie.


By Georgia W.

I went there today, feels like you've stepped back in time to where you imagine your Granny spent her 20's. Very charismatic, would make a great party venue!!

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