To A Tea: The Liberty Cafe

you may have noticed I have a *slight* obsession
for London's department store, Liberty.

And of course, when I say "slight obsession"
I actually mean, 
"I want to lick the floors of it and caress every single item inside its walls."

After a long time of forgetting to try out their cafe,
I decided it was time to for two of my life's great loves 
(tea & Liberty)
to merge.

I have to say...

I was slightly underwhelmed.

Let's walk through my time there.


Hard to find in the store
(on the second floor in a room to the side).

The room itself is fairly plain
with a good dose of subtle quirks 
that are oh-so-Liberty.


It was... meh,
and it wasn't cheap.

I ordered lunch 
followed by a cream tea.

After all, this was research
and I had to get a good sampling.

Let's start with the Cream Tea
since this is a series on tea rooms in London.

The scones were dense.

After I polished off the first,
I actually kinda dreaded having to work through the second.

Which is not a normal feeling.

{Plus, they weren't fresh or warm.}

And it was £10.50...
which makes is one of the more expensive cream teas
I can ever recall seeing listed on a menu in the UK.

The goats cheese, caramelised onion & asparagus tart was pretty tasty.

On the upside,
it made hitting the end of the summer sale really easy.

In fact, 
I walked away with some amazing steals
and it played perfectly into my errands at Oxford Circus.

So, would I go back?

but maybe just for a drink
or a light nibble.

I wouldn't save up a tasty meal for it...
or splurge on my souvenir tea time there.

Have you been?
Did you have a better experience?

(I really do hope so! I would love to think I experienced an off day.)


Not your cup of tea?

Check out some of my other tea times 
at some of London's finest places on Aspiring Kennedy.

Primrose Bakery | Bea's of Bloomsbury

*all photography original to Aspiring Kennedy


  1. I had tea there last summer and it was also disappointing. I remember having tea there as a child and it was wonderful. It's too bad standards have slipped there as I too share your tea obsession. (I just wrote about the tea I had at Babington's in Rome.) Love the blog, as always!

  2. I would love to know what Viola was thinking in that picture! Such deep thoughts.

  3. Good to know. I have peaked in and wondered if it was good ~ I will do the same and just go there for a drink and light nibbles. I will save the special tea time for some of the others you have recommended. I loved The Ampersand Hotel!!! Can't thank you enough for the recommendation and the inspiration.

  4. How disappointing - I'm sure they need to be told about it so that they can try to improve. V looks adorable as ever x

  5. I've never been but I do love my a good tea x

  6. Awh, well at least Viola's turning out to be a good tea critic as well... just look at her contemplative stance up there!

  7. HAH! I love this: "I want to lick the floors of it and caress every single item inside its walls."

    Fellow Libery Lover

  8. i have to say i was severely underwhelmed when i went and hoped it was just me--boo!

    we had afternoon tea and it wasn't great and not that much cheaper than afternoon teas which were much better and special. and i don't know if this is just me being weird but there are no toilets nearby, you have to trek up to the top floor and quque for the shop ones, which was rather annoying.

    ok so rant over.

    but i love th shop. i could live there. seriously.

    1. *sorry for the mistakes i had a squirmy nine month old who was trying to add her comments.

  9. That's too bad. But I gotta say, that wallpaper on the 3rd picture is amazing! (Weird huge wallpaper envy growing over here!)

  10. Glad to have your review. This cafe has been on my list to try, but now it is getting pushed towards the bottom!

  11. I completely agree with your feelings about Liberty. My family lived in England for 2 years when I was younger, and we lived in the village with the Liberty family (!!!!).
    And ever since then, I've been in love with Liberty and Liberty prints.

    Sorry the tea wasn't up to snuff, that's disappointing!


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