Another time warp tea room institution featuring vintage china, broderie anglaise and classic waitress service. If you find the paneled interior too stuffy, check out the cute little courtyard garden. Take some moist lemon drizzle cake out with you – or Blackbird’s take on Victoria sponge, which incorporates blackcurrant jam and a custardy filling. Afternoon tea is a hefty £14 a head but it is worth it. Of course, then you are faced with a stupendous choice of teas. Alongside their standard blends there is a range of special creations. The Christmas season introduced a ‘Winter Tea’. This is a China Black Tea delicately scented with natural oils of cinnamon, almond and walnut – then blended with orange peel, cloves, almond pieces, hibiscus, cornflowers and sunflowers. Even more exotic is ‘Orange Cookies Tea’, combining pieces of cinnamon, cardamoms, cloves and fruity pepper with apple chunks. If all this is too challenging, TOB’s tip is to sample the ‘Earl Grey & Blue Flowers’ blend that uses the finest Keemun from China's Anhui Province and Darjeeling, “the Champagne of Teas”, from India, infused with pure natural bergamot oil and, adding a fragrant complexity, a helping of cornflower petals.