“I know all about you. You’re the people waiting on the shoreline with the warm towels and the hot chocolate after the woman swims the English Channel.”
– Gwen Moore
Just across the street from the Inns of Court on Fleet Street is a small, unassuming coffee and tea shop that you must visit if you get the chance. Modern though it is, it’s like most London shops in that while the innards have changed, the space allocated to them is straight out of the Middle Ages – tiny. Good things, as our mottos goes, come in small packages, ducklings.
You can buy proper tea here, loose leaf and brewed, and they have lots of their own combinations to choose from as well as a few private tea companies’ offerings.
The real treat though is the hot chocolate. European hot chocolate is a totally different animal than the processed, sugar heavy packeted stuff you get in the States. It’s usually made with real chocolate pieces to start, melted into milk and cream. In Belgium I never had a pot of chocolate that I didn’t have sweeten myself with real sugar, and most prefer a minimum thereof. You can find plenty of sugary, processed brews if that’s what gets you through the day, but everyone should have real hot chocolate at some point. And if you can have it in London, so much the better! At Get Coffee, you can choose your degree of cocoa saturation. J. and I chose the 72% dark chocolate. And it was magnificent.
*All photos are my own.