Everyone knows the British love their tea – especially an afternoon tea session at Marble Arch hotels! But, Bubble Tea is climbing the ranks and is a local favourite when visiting London. This Taiwanese tea-based drink was invented in Tainan and Taichung in the 1980s, yet is one of the trendiest things to be drinking in the modern-day. The drink is made up of tea, milk and sugar primarily, and you add flavoured toppings which are known in the world of Bubble Tea as a pearl. The pearls can include, but are not limited to, tapioca balls, popping boba, fruit jelly, grass jelly, agar jelly, sago and puddings. Here are the best places around London to try some if you haven’t before, you find your new favourite spot if you are a long-standing fan.
Biju Bubble Tea Room
There are three locations of Biju – one in Soho, one in Shepherd’s Bush, and one in South Kensington. The Soho-based Bubble Tea room is a great pitstop for while you are shopping in the district, trawling the boutique and department store-lined streets of Oxford Street, Bond Street, Regent’s Street, Carnaby Street… this really is a hub for shopping. It seems like a pattern, but the Shepherd’s Bush Biju is located within the walls of Westfield London Shopping Centre, an equally expansive shopping venue. And to complete the trio of locations is the tea room in South Kensington, meaning you are equally likely to visit it whilst on a shopping trip down the iconic South Kensington high street or while b-lining for one of the world’s most famous department stores, Harrods in Knightsbridge. The moral of the story here can be quite simple: a Bubble Tea break is most heartily welcomed alongside a shopping spree. Not to mention, their menu serves up fresh, organic flavours with no added preservatives and a wide range of pearls, jellies or seeds to flavour your tea with.
More info: http://www.bijububbletea.com/ourLocation
Soho: 45 Old Compton Street, Soho, London W1D 6HQ
Monday – Thursday: 12 pm – 11:30 pm
Friday – Saturday: 12 pm – 12.30 am
Sunday: 12 pm – 11:30 pm
Shepherd’s Bush: Westfield London Shopping Centre, Shepherd’s Bush, London W12 7GF
Monday – Saturday: 10 am – 10 pm
Sunday: 11 am – 7 pm
South Kensington: 27 Bute Street, South Kensington, London SW7 3EY
Sunday – Thursday: 11 am – 11 pm
Friday – Saturday: 11 am – 12 am
Though there are Mooboo’s across the country, from Bristol to Brighton, there is only one branch in inner London, with a few on the outskirts in north and south London. The inner London branch is based in Camden and is the perfect place to stop by after a day exploring the local Regent’s Park, admiring Queen Mary’s Rose Garden or perhaps exploring ZSL London Zoo. Mooboo Camden has a number of flavours on their menu and the option of fruit tea, wavetea, milk tea, savoury tea and more. The Mooboo Bubble Tea experience is unique and wonderful – the perfect addition to a walk around the Camden Market, too.
More info: https://www.mooboo.co/
Camden: 84 Parkway, Camden, London NW1 7AN
Monday – Sunday: 11 am – 9 pm
Bubbleology is arguably the chain that really kicked off the popularity of Bubble Tea in the UK, and they continue to produce high-quality tea for everyone to enjoy and a number of locations across not only the country but the city of London, too, from Westfield to Oxford Circus.
There are too many to name all locations, so it seems fitting to pick the ones closest to Montcalm properties. If you are staying at M by Montcalm, head to the Angel branch. If you are visiting Montcalm Marble Arch, visit either the Notting Hill branch to the west, the South Kensington branch south of Hyde Park, or the Soho branch in Central London. Expect all the flavours you can want from Bubble Tea and the bright colours and lively atmosphere from all the storefronts.
More info: https://bubbleology.co.uk/find-us
Gonuts Bubble Tea
Gonuts bubble tea is particularly unique because they are not part of a chain of restaurants, they are their own independent bubble tea shop. Indeed, there is only one store like them, and it is on Holloway Road. Gonuts really know how to go nuts when it comes to flavour options and combinations, and you should definitely stop by if you have been visiting the Hampstead area. Gonuts is passionate about flavour and quality – the two major criteria you should have when picking somewhere to enjoy this Taiwanese delicacy. Their brown sugar pearls series is not one to be missed, either!
More info: https://gonutsbubbletea.co.uk/en
Address: Holloway Road 228, N7 8DA London
Monday – Sunday: 1 pm – 9 pm
Cuppacha has only two locations in the UK, one of which is in Sheffield and the other is in Soho – you can probably guess which one we are recommending. They are special because they do all the traditional flavours, but also offer some unique twists, like bubble tea containing Oreos. This spot perfects the balance between speciality and variety.
More info: http://www.cuppacha.com/
Address: 23 Newport Ct, London WC2H 7JS
Monday – Sunday: 11 am – 11 pm
You likely have a lot on your agenda when visiting London. After all, there is a seemingly never-ending plethora of things to do from theatre shows and outdoor cinemas to banquets and museum exhibitions! But, stopping for a break to refuel is always something you need to make time for, or else you will completely wear yourself out. Another sound remedy for traveller’s exhaustion is a trip to a spa hotel London for a dreamily relaxing treatment session.
Though there are a number of fantastic coffee shops around the city and so a coffee-stop might be on your mind, as soon as you get to coffee break number three you will find that any more caffeine will see you bouncing off the walls of your Montcalm hotel for the next 24 hours, so mix things up and grab some Bubble Tea too.