“Lastly, tea — unless one is drinking it in the Russian style — should be drunk without sugar. I know very well that I am in a minority here. But still, how can you call yourself a true tea-lover if you destroy the flavour of your tea by putting sugar in it? It would be equally reasonable to put in pepper or salt. Tea is meant to be bitter… If you sweeten it, you are no longer tasting the tea, you are merely tasting the sugar; you could make a very similar drink by dissolving sugar in plain hot water.”– George Orwell, How to Make the Perfect Cup of Tea
I found this amusing quote on how to make tea perfect by George Orwell on Brain Pickings. It is part of the essay A Nice Cup of Tea. I am tea lover myself and one of my favourite tea places to get the loveliest cup of tea is Good and Proper, a place perhaps George Orwell would approve of.
“Coffee Shop in the heart of Covent Garden, London Film Museum” –Flower Cellars
Located in the far corner of the London Film Museum, Covent Garden, lives a huge coffee shop. The vast space is well laid out with plenty of places to sit. The classic brown sofa and large storage chests (Used as a table in this case) are brought to life with emerald cushions and vintage style board games. There are also the typical sort of chairs and table you’d expect to see, they also fit in well with the decor.
I haven’t tried their coffee however their tea section is good, combined with the location, environment and friendliness of staff I would say this is a lovely place to be if you are in the Covent Garden area.
I have been twice and on both occasion ordered the jasmine green tea. It’s lovely, though it can get quite bitter if you leave it too long…
The entrance to Flower Cellars
Amusements and board games for the visitors…
Super comfy and spacious layout.
“At Good & Proper we focus on just one thing – really, really good tea. And in our 1974 Citroen H van, we want to bring cups of it to the streets of London. We’ve spent the last year tasting teas from farms around the world, always on the look out for something distinctive that could stand up on its own without blending or flavouring. Jealous of our coffee-junkie friends and the shiny, steamy espresso machines that create their daily fix, we also wanted to bring some theatre to your morning cuppa, so instead of throwing a teabag into a cup, scorching it and sending you on your way, we custom brew your tea to time and temperature, meaning you get your brew just the way it should be.
Oh and we also do crumpets…big, yummy square ones with all kinds of buttery, sweet and savoury toppings.” – Emilie Holmes
Good & Proper is run by the lovely Emilie Holmes and her passion for tea. I saw her Citroen van at Kings Cross and was instantly curious as to what teas she sold. Long story short – I love her teas, well most of them… Not the seaweedy ones. My favourite is the Darjeeling, however Emilie has a variety of tea for you to choose from and if you are stuck, she will help you.
The aesthetics she has chosen for her van is absolutely perfect and she offers great personal service with conversation and homemade goodies to compliment your deliciously fresh cup of tea.