Tea for you and me

Join me on my epic quest to find the best tea ever


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The Library Cafe

Ground Floor, Central Library, Imperial College London, South Kensington Campus, London, SW7 2AZ.

Coffee-tasting tea at The Library Cafe

Knitting is important. Tea is important. When knitting, it’s important to have tea, and when visiting KnitNation, then tea becomes part of the strategy to survive the intense shopping and yarn squishing* that needs to happen. It started well with us meeting at Reading Station and catching the train to London. On the train, SK pulled out the best spotty thermos that I have ever seen and promptly poured a good looking cup of tea. Knitters on their way to KnitNation don’t mess around. Tea is needed and tea was there – I had a feeling it was going to be a good day.

After an hour and a half of shopping and saying ‘Oooh’ at every stall we saw, we broke for an early lunch at The Library Cafe. (Have I told you my theory about libraries and finding tea? Remind me to blog about it sometime.) My tea was only £1.06 but tasted really really odd. SK had also had tea and said hers was fine. K expressed surprise that I was drinking tea, she thought it smelt like coffee. And I realised that’s what it was – my tea tasted a little like coffee. I’m not sure what happened but I do know that it was a one-off, as I had more tea there later and it was fine.

Teapot? No.
Leaf tea? No.
Milk jug? Yes, big one by the sugar.
Price? £1.06 for a cardboard cup of tea.
Cake? Yes, a mix of muffins, pastries, cake and slices.
Go again? Yes.

*We squished our yarn good. Here’s what the five of us managed to collect in the first 90 minutes:

Some excellent yarn purchasing.

And here’s what I got by the end of the day (including a book I won in the raffle):

Lots of lovely knitting things. A good day.