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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Black Dog Publishing (November 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1907317481
  • ISBN-13: 978-1907317484
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.8 x 6.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,110,822 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"offers a frighteningly fattening tour of the capital's tearooms, cafes and bakeries" Vogue

"Pick up this book and you'll be tempted to take visiting tea and cake shops as your new full-time hobby." Cosmopolitan

"It's hard to think of a book that could possibly appeal to Design Week more than Tea & Cake London." Design Week

"offers a frighteningly fattening tour of the capital's tearooms, cafes and bakeries" Vogue

"This is a quite remarkably detailed account of a vast amount of tea, coffee and cake venues, many of which you would be extremely lucky to find without being guided to them." Boughton's Coffee House

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Zena Alkayat is a freelance journalist who lives and works in London. She writes about all aspects of the arts, culture and food for a range of newspapers and magazines including Time Out and Metro.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Missy T.T. on January 10, 2012
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This is not a recipe book. What it is is a guide to various tea rooms and bakeries worth making plans and detours for whilst visiting Jolly ole'England. Prices are not mentioned but you can easily surmise cost by the ensuing descriptions.
Each highlighted establishment has relevant information on their own page.Location,cliental ,specialties, and suggested teas to accompany your selection. This is a lovely book thats easy to pack along on your next trip to London.It has well done inviting pictures to help in planning your next rest break as you tour/visit. Along with addresses , this guide also includes phone numbers and Internet addresses.No lover of pastry,tea and or loaded scones should be with out this book in London.
If you are not a traveler,this also a great armchair trip to embark on while enjoying your tea and treats at home.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ms Winston TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 25, 2012
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This little hardcover book can be easily slipped in a carry-on for your next trip to London. It is not a receipe book for creating your own tea sandwiches or pasteries, but rather a guide to the best of the London tea rooms or hotels. The photographs are lovely, the written material gives the reader a good over-view of what to expect at each establishment in terms of what type of food is served, the variety of teas available, including house blends, even to whether the tea is served in a china cup, a pottery mug, or (horrors!) a paper cup. Contact information is included where it is available (one shop has none, but is doing quite well). Price information is generally not available. Various types of establishments are included, from the most traditional to the "progressive." In America, small independent establishments unfortunately frequently go out of business, so checking ahead would be a good idea. The author also includes information on reservations -- one major London hotel requires reservations 12 weeks in advance! All-in-all, a charming and informative travel guide to London tea shops.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By shopgirl76 on April 12, 2013
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I think this is a cute book. It's lovely, nice size, good quality paper and has some nice photographs in it. But overall, I have to admit that the substance of the book is very flimsy - by which I mean that it's basically a picture book with very minimal information. Some of it is interesting.

On the plus side, I found an interesting plethora of locales that spanned from neighborhood cafes to ritzy hotel tearooms.

However, it's hard to figure out not just how the different places were chosen but how the order in which they are presented in the book makes any sense whatsoever. There's no real rhyme or reason such as tabs or chapters devoted to particular neighborhoods or themed cafes so that you feel yourself stumbling through the book in what I assume was meant to be eclectic wanderlust but comes across as hodge podge.

On a side note, I found it rather disappointing that there's no indication for the different locales which the closest tube station is, and that there's no tube map at the end or beginning of the book - which would have been a fast, easy addition and would have made this book far more useful. As it is, it's quite useless from a travel perspective unless you're willing to look up every single location online or one the café/tearoom's website, which is just too labor intensive to do for more than maybe a couple at best.

I also feel that the bottom of each page should or could have included two factoids: a price scale to give the reader an idea about whether or not he/she would even want to attempt a visit, as well as a "good for/go there if" to categorize the locations for particular interest groups, such as boho, literary, music etc.

Admittedly this book doesn't purport to be a tourist guide but rather a very specific niche publication; however, even in this I feel that it falls short of one's reasonable expectations.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Pauline Wiles on August 3, 2013
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A gorgeous book, crammed full of (predominantly) unknown and original places to enjoy tea and a bite in London. You could be in the city for a month and not have time to visit all of these. And if you thought afternoon tea in London means the Ritz or Fortnums, this will open your eyes to a wide range of neighbourhoods (and, happily) price-points. The photographs are gorgeous and if you are a tea lover or Anglophile, reading this will make you want to pack a suitcase immediately.
I'm not giving 5 stars because I haven't actually visited any of these tea places (yet) to see if the descriptions are a good indication of what you get. The book would also benefit from a few maps, showing what's located where, an index for the same purpose, web addresses and a rough price guide.
So, 4 highly enjoyable stars as a purely theoretical piece of reading. I do, however, hope to turn theory into practice very soon!
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By preppygirl56 on January 8, 2014
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this book reviews many places to visit in London England. it is for the person who loves everything ENGLAND.

i have enjoyed reading about the various cafes and tea salons. I look forward to my visit soon.

i would recommend this book for anyone planning to visit the city, or for those who like to read about travel experiences.
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