Afternoon Tea at
Bea’s of Bloomsbury

Afternoon Tea at Bea's of Bloomsbury

I’d been dying to go to Bea’s of Bloomsbury for ages – ever since my pal Louise suggested we went there and we couldn’t get a table – it was THAT popular.  So it seemed fitting that when I managed to secure a table for afternoon tea at their St Paul’s branch a couple of weeks ago, Louise was my cake date.

Cupcakes at Beas of Bloomsbury

Raspberry Chocolate Cupcake

Deliciously fresh focaccia sandwiches  at Bea's of Bloomsbury

Deliciously fresh focaccia sandwiches

This is one of the most affordable afternoon teas in London – from £24.50 per person, I thought the price might be reflected in the size of the cakes or amount of sandwiches. I could not have been more wrong… This was one of the most generous afternoon teas I have experienced to date, and certainly one of the most delicious…

“Our casual, no-frills take on Afternoon Tea distills the essence of what Afternoon Tea should be: a time to sit and have a cuppa tea, enjoy the company of good friends and be surrounded by amazing cakes.”

Beats of Bloomsbury menu

Tea menu…

Earl Grey Tea at Bea's of Bloomsbury

Earl Grey Tea

Located right next to St Paul’s Cathedral (and I do mean right next door) Bea’s is a two level bright and sunny pretty café – the sun was pouring in and there were some lucky folk enjoying their afternoon tea outside…

We settled in upstairs and marvelled at the plethora of treats and goodies that were presented in front of us on the never-ending cake stand…

Alfresco dining at Bea's of Bloomsbury

Alfresco dining at Bea’s of Bloomsbury

Afternoon Tea at Bea's of Bloomsbury

Brownies and blondies at Bea's of Bloomsbury

Selection of mini meringues, fruity marshmallows (passionfruit!) Valrhona brownies, white chocolate blondies and their infamous killer brownies…

We talked strategy and Louise had a great technique of beginning with a sandwich, then progressing to cakes, them scones, then meringues, marshmallows and brownies etc… and then start all over again. I loved this method and have fully adopted it.

Red Velvet cupcake at Bea's of Bloomsbury

Red Velvet cupcake

Carrot Cake Cupcake at Bea's of Bloomsbury

Carrot Cake Cupcake


The cupcakes were extraordinary. They are very different from your average cupcake –  made with soft creamy Italian butter cream, fluffy Italian meringue, or rich, decadent fudge, they reminded me of the kinds of cakes we had as children, but with grown up flavours.. and hats of to the Bea’s team for cracking the perfect frosting to cake ratio. (Pretty much equal.)

Freshly baked scones at Bea's of Bloomsbury

Freshly baked scones

Tiptree jam lid

… with my favourite Tiptree jams…

Townies at Bea's of Bloomsbury

We were lucky enough to also try Bea’s famous Townies (Tart + Brownie)

...and we also tried their Peanut Butter & Jelly flapjack...

…and we also tried their Peanut Butter & Jelly slices…

Downstairs at Bea's of Bloomsbury in St Paul's

Downstairs at Bea’s of Bloomsbury in St Paul’s

Beats of Bloomsbury and St Paul's Cathedral


And even though I was so full that I could barely left my arm, I couldn’t resit snapping St Paul’s on my way home…

Bea’s motto is “Life is short. Eat more cake.”

I can’t think of a better mantra.

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Bea’s of Bloomsbury – St. Paul’s
83 Watling Street

p.s. Here’s Julie Andrews singing ‘All I want is a Room in Bloomsbury’ from ‘The Boyfriend.. I haven’t been been able to get this out of my head since visiting Bea’s! (If you can’t see the youtube clip, then you need to pop over here)

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13 thoughts on “Afternoon Tea at
Bea’s of Bloomsbury

  1. Oh my, I wish I hadn’t read this on an (almost) empty stomach! Those cakes look incredible!! What a beautiful cafe in such a lovely location. Looks like you had a wonderful visit. x

  2. What an amazing place! Your blog is always filling my London To Do list up!!! The afternoon tea, despite being ‘casual,’ looks wonderful :)

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