Classic Cafes: Tea Rooms, Museum St WC1

Enclaves of the '50s & 60s


The Tea Rooms... this parlour-style cafe looks like a red-formica refugee camp for Pinter stage tramps... The elderly male clientele seem to have been regulars for nigh on half a century and the sense of lives solidified into defeat is palpable... for the unprepared the lingering air of inertia, lost souls and sleepy despair may be hard to stomach. For classic cafes diehards however, the visceral display of raw, kitchen-sink existence at the end of its tether will be a bracing return to values

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