Camellia at Carnaby Street

You know the drill. Shopping all day, buying little treats and you get to the stage where only a cup of tea can hit the right spot. I say cup of tea but I don’t mean of the PG variety.

Particularly when paying for my tea while out and especially so in London I expect more than a pyramid shaped tea bag for my money.

This is where I was lucky enough to stumble across one of those ‘gems’. I guess everyone else is fortunate to know about this place but I had never seen it until yesterday. This amazing place is in Carnaby Street in Kingly Court – Camellia Sinensis.
My friends K and E, and myself needed to rest our weary feet. It was like walking into a mini paradise, it was cool and calm and you’d never know you were in the middle of London. It was so…twee I suppose is the word. There were no doilies and fuss just simple but sweet. It seemed that there was a different kind of tea cup and tea pot for each type of tea. Quite a feat as there were more kinds of tea than one can imagine.
I am unable to recall the copious amounts of tea on offer but if you’re in the area it’s an amazing place to visit to stay for a cuppa or buy a present for a tea lover. We each had a cream tea and could have had any of the teas on offer. I settled for a nice Darjeeling. Tea leaves all round, no tea bags here.
The scones were some of the best I have ever had…dare I say this cream tea was better than that served at The Ritz? I think so. They were warm and crumbly and so delicious. Perfect amounts of jam and clotted cream. One plain scone, one raisin scone. I don’t know what more I could have asked for.
Apologies for the lack of ‘before’ picture, we couldn’t wait to tuck in so I only had a chance to take the ‘after’. If you are after a really good and not overpriced cream tea, this is the place.
I am going back every time I go to London.

Camellia Carnaby Street

All That I’m Eating

This restaurant is now CLOSED at Carnaby Street, they are relocating.


  1. says

    If and when I get to England I would love to go there. In the meantime, I will enjoy hearing about what it was like through you!

    Check out my cooking blog…soon there will be a Featured Publisher Badge on my site! 🙂 I am so pleased that what I am making and writing is liked by all. 🙂

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    Paulette Le Pore Motzko
    (Polly Motzko)

  2. says

    that sounds delicious. we were only able to stumble across a few places during our trip in january, and now i’m really wishing we had stumbled across this one. sounds like the perfect way to relax from a busy day.

  3. says

    I’m going down Oxford Street way tomorrow to get some last-minute holiday bits and bobs and I think I’ll have to pop down Carnaby Street for a cuppa! Awesome that you’re a fellow Brit – we’ll have to share secrets around town 😀

    Jax x

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