When I found out my husband was taking me to London for my birthday this summer, taking afternoon tea near Covent Garden made its way to the top of my must-do-in-London list. Because we were taking two teens with us on our trip — my daughter & niece — I knew I needed to locate a fresh, trendy establishment with good reviews.
The answer: Brigit’s Bakery, affectionately known by locals as “B” Bakery.
Just a short walk from our flat, we arrived for our 1:30 pm sitting, severely jet-lagged but also, thankfully bolstered by adrenaline. The place was bright, colorful and airy with many windows and a long bakery case of fetching desserts — each a miniature work of art.
Decisions, decisions! What tea to choose? Avoiding caffeine was a high priority for me so I choose Jardin Rouge (rooibos with red fruits). It was delicious and came in a small, pink chintz tea pot. So very British!
Next, our table was graced with two large, tiered servers, bedecked with a wide assortment of sweets and savories. Where to begin?
The mini quiches and cucumber sandwiches were delicious. The girls dove in and immediately began reporting on their favorites, all of us holding tea cups with pinkies extended. My husband, darling that he is, took it all in stride although it was not the highlight of his London experience.
Just when we were feeling satisfied and ready to explore again, our waitress told us scones, lemon curd and clotted cream were coming out next. We chose to get them boxed up for later.
If you are ever in London, get reservations at B Bakery’s Afternoon Tea, Covent Garden. They also offer an Afternoon Tea Bus Tour and a B Afternoon Tea Boat tour on the Thames. Gluten free and vegetarian menus are available.