Destination: The London Tea Room

By Molly Rippinger
In Food
Image courtesy of The London Tea Room

Image courtesy of The London Tea Room

Back in 2007 owner of The London Tea Room, Jackie James, was looking to bring a little slice of her British homeland to St. Louis. After seven years at a Downtown location on Washington Avenue, The London Tea Room has recently relocated to the Tower Grove South neighborhood at 3128 Morganford Rd.

Now housed in the old Hyde Park Brewery, the new location provides The London Tea Room an opportunity to expand their tea repertoire, retail and capacity for hosting private events. The renovated building is a cozy environment to enjoy a spot of tea with dark wood accents, exposed brick walls and streams of bright sunlight from the large windows. Miss-matched china in delicate floral prints and antique decorations are also quaint touches found inside the tea shop.

Changes have been made to the menu at The London Tea Room with a larger emphasis now being placed upon a wider selection of pastries. Croissants, layered cakes and scones are all excellent options to enjoy any time of day with a pot of tea or taken to go. Paninis and sandwiches are no longer offered for lunch, though guests can still find the popular cream of tomato soup and selection of savory quiches.

Guests at The London Tea Room are encouraged to partake in a wonderfully British afternoon tea service. The menu includes three sandwiches (one cucumber on Pullman white bread, one smoked salmon on honey wheat bread and one ham on New York rye bread), one English scone with double Devonshire cream, three seasonal petit fours and one pot of tea. Reservations are required at least one day in advance. $29.50 per person.

Those curious about the wide world of tea should consider taking the one-hour educational class held in the Hyde Park Room. On Friday, March 14 The London Tea Room will share the secrets of tea blending while on Friday, March 28 they will host a “Tea 101” where beginners can learn all of the basics.

Open Monday through Sunday from 9am to 5pm. 3128 Morganford Rd., Tower Grove South, 314.241.6556.

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