Step Eleven: a “secret” tea room in Soho

25 Feb


“There are few hours in life more agreeable than the ceremony known as afternoon tea.”

Very true, Henry James, very true.

A lot of hotels and cafés serve afternoon tea nowadays, so to stand out from the crowd the Coach and Horses pub in Soho invented their own little “secret” tea room. It’s clearly signposted on a blackboard outside and once again inside, but to access it is still quite novel – a barman calls the tea room upstairs to check your reservation, then you’re guided behind the bar and up some rickety steps.

You reach a retro-styled tearoom that makes you feel like you’ve stepped back in time. Vintage art hangs on the wall, dainty, embroidered tablecloths match the waitresses’ cute aprons and the food and drink are served on mismatched fine bone china.


We ordered the standard scones, clotted cream and jam with a pot of loose Earl Grey tea for £7.50 each, which were really good, but you can also get the full works: scones, cake, cupcakes and salmon/cucumber sandwiches for £17.50. There are plenty of teas to choose from too.

The room and “secret” factor are the selling points as London has better quality in terms of food. But overall, a charming afternoon tea experience.


 The details:

Location: 29 Greek Street, Leicester Square tube

Opening times: 12-6pm

Booking in advance is necessary, so call 0207 437 590

Visit their website here.


2 Responses to “Step Eleven: a “secret” tea room in Soho”

  1. VelvetLadyVintage February 26, 2013 at 8:51 am #

    I was just thinking of somewhere new to have afternoon tea next week. I’ll definitely try this place out. Great post!!!

  2. Atreyu Crimmins April 29, 2013 at 12:24 pm #

    Thanks for this. 🙂 I’m planning to go on Saturday but I keep reading mixed reviews… I suppose the secret (no pun intended) is to look forward to the ambiance and ‘escape’ the 21st century for a while, and to accept that the tea itself will be mediocre.

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