Top 5: Bubbles Teas in LondonBy Alex Goode
Bubble tea, also known as pearl or boba tea is the Taiwanese drink that’s taking over the streets of London. The name ‘bubble tea’ actually comes from the bubbles that form when you shake up the drink, not the traditional, chewy tapioca balls that you suck up with a fat straw. These days, the list of flavours and toppings is endless. Find out where to get your bubble lovin’ here:
Order: Oolong Milk Tea with Tapioca Pearls
Why: Oolong is a traditional Chinese tea with a delicate flavour – combined with creamy milk, this is a real taste of true Asian bubble tea.
Who: Chatime are an internationally renowned brand that started off in Taiwan and now have over 1,000 international sites. Their menu offers plenty of choice, from fruit to iced teas, but has a particularly good range of classic Asian teas too. Plus, their tapioca pearls are freshly cooked, not brought in.
Where: 11 Old Compton Street, Soho, London
Order: Bubble Milk Peach and Mango
Why: Good fruity bubble teas are hard to come by, let alone awesome fruit blends.
Who: Nestled in the heart of London’s Chinatown, Candy Café is a buzzy internet café. Head there to work or catch up with friends and you’ll be surrounded by students from Hong Kong, Japan and Korea enjoying over 30 types of bubble tea. They even serve some unique Asian snacks and desserts – the Red Bean Grass Jelly is a must try.
Where: 3 Macclesfield Street, London, W1D 6AU
Photo Credit: Eleanor Richards
Order: Rainbow Ripple with Popping Boba
Why: It’s outrageous in the best way possible and it won’t break the bank. They’ve even got a loyalty card scheme to keep you going.
Who: Bubbleology are Europe’s biggest bubble tea company – they’ve taken the weird and made it work for everyone. All of their teas are freshly brewed and they experiment with flavour combinations and toppings like no other. They’re even bringing us World Bubble Tea Day on 22 April 2016 – keep your eyes peeled for some serious bubble loving.
Where: Locations here
Order: Coconut Blended Tea with Blueberry Bubbles
Why: The quality of this tea is like no other. Plus, blueberry pearls are crazily good.
Who: Amanzi are a company who really, truly love tea – their tea bars are modern, relaxing and boast over 100 different types of loose-leaf tea. You wouldn’t expect bubble tea to be on their menu and that’s what makes it so intriguingly good. They also serve their bubble tea in domed plastic cups, like a high end slushie.
Where: Locations here
Order: Mango Milk with Tapioca
Why: There’s absolutely zero funny stuff in this drink – it’s all made with organic milk, freshly brewed tea and natural flavourings. You haven’t tried bubble tea until you’ve tried this.
Who: Biju are starting a bubble tea revolution in London. Whereas almost all bubble tea chains use milk powder, Biju use organic milk, soya milk or almond milk and they don’t add any weird colours or flavours to their drinks. They’re also baking their tapioca pearls on site every two hours. It’s bubble tea for the health conscious and these guys are sure to be a raging success.
Where: 45 Old Compton Street, London, W1D 6HQ