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a VirtualTourist member from Great Missenden asked on Jan 24, 2017


Accessible place for tea near Phoenix Theatre

I'm going to a Saturday matinee with my mother in law who is not very mobile. She would like to go for tea afterwards - any recommendations?

5 Answers

answered on 1/24/17 by
a VT member from London

Hello again Helen,

are you talking about "high tea" or "afternoon tea" or whatever they call it or tea as in a sit down meal?

I'm thinking either the Ritz or the Savoy for "high tea", both of which are accesible but a) either one is a trek so will probably require a taxi and b) will probably require you to mortgage your home. I cannot think of anywhere closer and I know that part of town reasonably well.

If it is tea as in a sit down meal, there are umpteen options there.

answered on 1/24/17 by
a VT member from Great Missenden

Thanks, Fergy. I meant afternoon tea, with scones and cakes, o,r given that the performance is the 'The Girls' (based on Calendar Girls), big buns!

But I have just heard from my MIL that her travel arrangements have changed so we probably won't have time, now.

Thanks for your help, anyway.

answered on 1/25/17 by
a VT member from London

No problem.

I do like the "Big Buns" reference. I have not see the show but I believe it is very good. I was thnking it was the afternoon "high tea" you were thinking of.

I was going to tell you to feel free to aks me anything about central London in future of you need to but is all a bit redundant now thanks to the actions fo a corporate group headed up by a lawyer of very dubious provenance. If we do lose touch, may I just take this opportunity to thank you for all your sterling work here on VT over the years and the huge amount of help you have given to other travellers.

Hopefully we'll meet on "the other side" wherever that turns out to be.


answered on 1/25/17 by
a VT member from London

This is probably redundant information now but ight across the street from the Phoenix Theatre is Foyles Bookstore which contains a great café for tea, coffee, sandwiches, snacks and cakes. (or big buns)

It's on the 5th floor but there is a lift/elevator. I took my Dad there for his 80th birthday before we went to see Miss Saigon at the Prince Edward Theatre round the corner. It's not cheap but a great atmosphere and still better value than The Ritz, Savoy or Fortnum and Mason's.

The Foyles website doesn't have a lot, if any information about the cafe. I was trying to find an up to date menu and prices but you can contact them...

The Café at Foyles: Tel: 0207 440 3207 Email: [email]

answered on 1/25/17 by
a VT member from Great Missenden

Thanks both of you. Foyles is an excellent idea, so I'll try that if MIL is able to stay for tea.

I am really going to miss the excellent advice that is available on VT!

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