Babington’s Tea Rooms, Rome

Babington’s Tea Rooms, Rome

Meandering through the streets on an overcrowded, under ventilated bus, I had little to entertain me other than the sight of the bustling Roman pavements and the echoes of a silly Englishman’s feeble attempts at insightful conversation. “I suppose this is the Roman equivalent of Derby Road” he slurred at his disinterested son in a … Continue reading

Say It With Tea: Part 3

Say It With Tea: Part 3

The thoughtful gift. It’s not always easy to take the ‘thoughtful’ angle when buying someone a gift. 6 hours of marching up and down Oxford Street can result in an impulsive, frankly absurd purchase that you tell yourself your cousin will love, but who are you convincing? The only person such an item will satisfy is … Continue reading

Pukka ‘Peppermint and Licorice’

Pukka ‘Peppermint and Licorice’

“Big Issue!” cries the woman I’ve passed innumerable times on Tottenham Court Road. “No thank you” I mumble, a phrase that I’ve uttered and she’s no doubt heard innumerable times. “Come on, it’s my last one” she reasons with a smile. And so I buy it. Not because I’m particularly interested in reading about Benedict … Continue reading

Say It With Tea: Part 2

Say It With Tea: Part 2

The ‘kitsch’ home accessory. Kitsch. A phenomenon many indulge in without understanding. It is an adjective rarely employed without a sense of irony, a consciousness of the sheer tackiness, even garishness of the object in question. But it is nonetheless an adjective used lovingly, because like it or not, kitsch is ‘in’. Gone are the … Continue reading

Say It With Tea: Part 1

Say It With Tea: Part 1

The card. Often its importance is disregarded. Yet a good card can form the foundation of a brilliant present and a brilliant card can pip any present imaginable. So steer clear of bland cards with arid messages: the biggest statement you can make is to choose boldly and use your own words. Scanning the walls of … Continue reading

Say It With Tea: An Introduction

Say It With Tea: An Introduction

2 pairs of slippers,7 fridge magnets, 9 boxes of chocolates, 13 gift vouchers and 1,675,392 bath sets on and gift inspiration has departed from your life on a wave of banal shop displays, unimaginative products and mediocrity. Christmases and birthdays, anniversaries and engagements can be more frustrating than changing your university password. But being a … Continue reading

Tea Hits the Headlines

Tea Hits the Headlines

Shake your piggy banks, cancel your subscriptions and kiss goodbye to that trip to Urban Outfitters, because the price of tea is set to soar. Okay, perhaps it may not be as bad as I’ve made out, but it is nonetheless true. Rifling through the altogether confusing, repetitive and mostly superfluous facts and figures in … Continue reading

Lipton: Interception of the Misconception

Lipton: Interception of the Misconception

The summer holiday. An event one spends weeks, even months fantasising about, a time to relax, recuperate and indulge…. And a potential nightmare for the tea drinker. Born into a family of tea-lovers, my jaunts abroad are synonymous with low if not non-existent expectations of my early morning cuppa. I’ve even witnessed my own mother pulling Tetley teabags … Continue reading

Hotel of Horrors: The Royal Albion

Hotel of Horrors: The Royal Albion

The horror story: literature’s darkest quality, the evil twin of the fairy tale. Horror, particularly in the form of literature, intrigues me. Because to persevere with a horror novel is a conscious acceptance, even an invitation of fear into one’s mind, a planned disturbance.

Tea Beside the Seaside

Tea Beside the Seaside

Driving through South London in a Toyota Yaris and listening to a homemade Disney compilation CD, I began to question the sanity of my friends. We were embarking upon our first road trip, a symbol of our independence, a fluttering of our 19 year-old wings: we were Brighton-bound. To close one’s eyes and think of … Continue reading