2014 London's Top Ten Best Bubble Tea Shops , Taiwan Festival writers select ten of London's best Bubble Tea for those searching for something a bit different. A cold, frothy drink made with iced tea, sweetened milk or other flavorings, and usually with sweet black balls or “pearls” made... Bubble Tea also known as Pearl Milk tea or Boba is a refreshing sweet drink made hot or cold and comes in a variety of flavours. Its flavours and options have no limits and are virtually borderless. It is usually a mix of tea, milk, sugar and black tapioca balls that can be added with different toppings of jelly. Bubble tea which originated from Taiwan has moved beyond their Asian roots and gained popularity across Australia, Canada, America and for a while now in the UK. Its a tea taken through a fat straw that coffee shops or cafés in Hounslow have yet to offer.
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2014 Top 30 Best Bubble Tea Shops in UK

  • Candy Cafe - 30/30 of Best UK Bubble Tea Shop ( 2010 )

This reminds us of tiny, independent 'upstairs cafés' in Hong Kong, where ground-floor spaces are at a premium. Find the steps next to Leong's Legends and you're halfway there. Along with bubble tea (we like the coconut-infused milk tea) you can enjoy food such as thick toast spread with kaya (coconut jam). Students receive a 10 per cent discount from noon-5pm weekdays.

Cost: £3.6

Special: kaya toast, crepes, snow ice, free wi-fi

Website: www.candycafe.co.uk

Address: 1st Floor 3 Macclesfield Street China Town W1D 6AU London

Days and times: Mon - Sun: 12:00 - 23:30

  • Chaboba - 29/30 of Best UK Bubble Tea Shop ( 2010 )

This tiny shop fits right into its quirky Camden surroundings, with modish design, bright colours and cheerful staff. It's good for novices, as the various types of bubble tea (milk or fruit based, or an icy version they call 'crush') and even the ratios used for each are clearly explained. The fruit flavours use a base of either green or oolong tea, and guava and honeydew are among the options.

Cost: £3.3/£3.5

Special: bubble waffle, snow ice

Website: www.chaboba.co.uk

*Address: 8 East Yard Camden Lock NW1 8AL London

Days and times: Mon - Thu: 11:00 - 18:00 Fri - Sat: 11:00 - 18:30 Sun: 11:00 - 18:00

*Address : Unit 20, Ground Floor, Wembley Park Boulevard,London Designer Outlet,  HA9 0TG

Days and times: Mon - Sat: 11:00 - 20:00 Sun: 11:00 - 18:00

  • Boba Jam - 28/30 of Best UK Bubble Tea Shop ( 2011 )

This spin-off of Candy Café is a takeaway on one side, sit-down East Asian café on the other (newer) side. A huge choice of fruit- and milk-based bubble teas is available, featuring a generous number of boba per cup. There's also the option to add other ingredients to your drink, such as jellied nata de coco (fermented coconut water). The café also serves a large choice of East Asian-style desserts, many made without dairy produce. There is also a tiny karaoke booth with songs in Korean or Chinese.

Cost: £3.6

Special: KTV, desserts, finger food,

Website: www.bobajam.co.uk

Address: 100-102 Shaftesbury Avenue W1D 5EE London

Days and times: Mon - Sun: 11:30 - 11:30

  • Bubbleology - 27/30 of Best UK Bubble Tea Shop ( 2011 )

This bubble tea shop is gimmicked to the hilt with bubbling chemistry sets in the window and gnomic slogans on the plastic cups. We found the vanilla tea almost sickly sweet; the passionfruit was better. But the 'bubbles' are a cut above, with just the right amount of bounce and chew.

Cost:  £3.45/£3.75

Special: milk tea, fruit tea

Website: www.bubbleology.co.uk

*Address: 49 Rupert Street Soho W1D 6PF London

Days and times: Mon - Sun: 11:00 - 23:30

*Address: 5th Floor, Harvey Nichols Knightsbridge SW1X 7RJ London

Days and times: Mon - Sat: 10:00 - 20:00 Sun: 12:00 - 18:00

*Address: 45 Pembridge Rd Notting Hill W11 3HG London

Days and times: Mon - Thur: 11:00 - 22:00 Fri - Sat: 10:00 - 23:00 Sun: 11:00 - 20:00

*Address: Westfield Stratford Kiosk 32 1st Floor (On the Bridge - opposite John Lewis) London

Days and times: Mon - Thur: 10:00 - 21:00 Fri - Sat: 9:00 - 21:30 Sun: 12:00 - 18:30

*Address: 23 Cromwell Place South Kensington SW7 2LD London

Days and times: Mon - Thur: 11:00 - 22:00 Fri - Sat: 11:00 - 23:00Sun: 11:00 - 22:00

*Address: Topshop Oxford Circus West End  W1W 8LG London

Days and times: Mon - Tues: 9:00 - 21:00 Wed - Thurs: 9:00 - 22:00 Fri - Sat: 9:00 - 21:00 Sun: 11:30 - 18:00

  • Bobo Tea - 26/30 of Best UK Bubble Tea Shop (2011)

Bobo Tea is committed to introducing everyone in the UK to authentic Taiwanese bubble tea, ice tea, smoothies and slush!! Already loved in Asia, America & Australia, we've launched our first BoBo Tea Bar in Manchester Arndale City Centre and plan to go nationwide in 12 months.

Cost: £2.9/£3.2

Special: Japanese crepes

Website: www.lovebobotea.co.uk

Address: Arndale Centre, Uppermall, by Aldi and BHS Manchester

Days and times: Mon - Sat: 09:00 - 20:00, Sun: 10:00-17:00

  • Milk Tea & Pearl - 25/30 of Best UK Bubble Tea Shop (2011)

Tea kiosks in Taiwan are the first stops for students between classes or off from schools. As for the busy office people, a cup of Pearl Milk Tea tends to be their deserving afternoon treat. Instead of seeing people walking down the street with their cups of latte or cappuccino in New York or Seattle, you will find that in Sydney they stroll down the street with Pearl Milk Tea in their hands! Milk Tea & Pearl brings this trend to London for the first time!

Cost: £3.5

Special: smoothies,  biscuits

Website: www.milkteapearl.co.uk

*Address: 12A Little Portland Street W1W 8BJ London

Days and times: Mon - Fri: 10:00 - 18:00

*Address: Shoreditch Boxpark Unit58 2-4 Bethnal Green Rd London

Days and times: Sun -Wed 10:00 - 18:00 Thurs -Sat 10:00 - 20:00

  • Cafe De Pearl - 24/30 of Best UK Bubble Tea Shop  (2011)

We at CafeDePearl will be bringing the East to the West, by introducing a whole new genre of drink to the North West. We present to you, Bubble Tea. Our unique milk tea soft drink comes with edible Tapioca, or juice filled Pearls.

Cost: £2.9

Special: Chinese cusine

Address: 69 Bold Street L1 4EZ Liverpool

Website: www.cafedepearl.com

Days and times: Mon - Thu: 14:00 - 22:00, Sat:12:00 - 23:00, Sun 12:00 to 20:00

  • Formosan Tea Bar - 23/30 ofBest UK Bubble Tea Shop (2012)

Authentic Taiwanese bubble tea bar in the heart of Oxford

Cost:  £2.95

Special: Taiwanese Tea

Website: www.formosan.co.uk

Address: 128A High Street  OX1 4DF Oxford

Days and times: Mon - Sat: 10:00 - 20:00, Sun: 11:00-18:00

  • CUPP TEA BAR - 22/30 of Best UK Bubble Tea Shop (2012)


CUPP TEA BAR is the first and only mobile Bubble Tea company in the UK.

We bring authentic bubble tea and fruit tea from Taiwan, our ambition to serve the very best bubble tea and fruit tea you can find anywhere in the UK!

We only use fresh fruit and fresh milk in our bubble teas and fruit tea bringing you the healthy and real tasting bubble teas.

Cost:  £3/£3.4

Special: mobile Van

Website: www.cuppteabar.co.uk

Address: Philadelphia Street, Quakers Friars, Cabot Circus BS1 3BZ Bristol

Days and times: Mon - Sun: 11:00 - 18:00

  • BliizUK - 21/30 of Best UK Bubble Tea Shop (2012)

A brand new drinking experience: drink & snack 2 in 1! Bliiz collects flavours from all over the world! Select a Bliiz flavour and toppings from tapioca pearls to natural basil seeds to create a wonderful soft drink.Our frozen yoghurt products are 100% fat free, probiotic & prebiotic, extra smooth & fresh. Our flavours change seasonally. Choose your favourite flavour and add toppings from fresh fruits to superfoods. Much tastier than an ice cream...and that is saying something

Cost: £2.35/£3.05

Special: yoghurt

Website: www.bliiz.co.uk

Address: 1 St Andrew's Hill NR2 1AD Norwich

Days and times: Mon - Sat: 09:30 - 17:30 Sun: 10:30 - 16:30

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*Descending order by opened time

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