Highgate shop up there with The Ritz and Claridges for best afternoon tea

Most of us like to sit down to afternoon tea and, according to a new guide to the best tea shops in London, one venue is up there with the Ritz and Claridges – High Tea of Highgate.

The popular tea shop, in Highgate High Street, is featured in the book called London’s Afternoon Teas, written by writer and historian Susan Cohen.

The shop was set up by Georgina Worthington four years ago after she moved to the village.

“It is a real honour to be in the book,” Ms Worthington said. “I was shocked when I saw us listed alongside The Ritz and Claridges, but Highgate is such a lovely place to visit.

“I suppose we offer a different atmosphere from the central London locations.”

The 32-year-old, who now lives with her husband in Hampstead Garden Suburb, was working in the fashion world for top names like Burberry before she decided to change career and set up her own business.

“I have always loved baking and felt Highgate was missing a traditional tea shop,” she said.

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“It is well served with chain coffee shops and restaurants but did not have an independent tea shop serving traditional British produce.”

Tea is served in traditional china accompanied with a cow shaped jug for milk, while the counter is lined with cakes and clotted cream scones all made on site.

Susan Cohen writes in her guide: “Everything about this tiny tea shop on Highgate High Street is delightful, from the charming tea ladies to the scrumptious treats on offer all day long.

“There is a truly nostalgic air about the place and the tantalising smell of home baking as you walk in the door is enough to make your mouth water.”

The book also includes a history of venues and their tea heritage along with interesting facts and details of nearby attractions including Highgate Cemetery, Lauderdale House and Hampstead Heath.

“We have a strong rapport with our local customers and more tourists are coming to visit to experience a traditional afternoon British tea,” said Ms Worthington.

“Relaxing with a cuppa is such a nice thing to do and can cheer you up. It’s my dream job running this shop.”

London’s Afternoon Teas – A Guide to the Best of London’s Exquisite Tea Venues, Including Recipes, costs �10.99 and is out now.

For more on High Tea of Highgate information visit www.highteaofhighgate.com