Top 10 Bubble Tea Shops in London

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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Candy Cafe - 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.
Special:kaya toast, crepes, snow ice, free wi-fi
Address: 1st Floor 3 Macclesfield Street China Town W1D 6AU London
Days and times: Mon - Sun: 12:00 - 23:30
Cost: £3.6

Chaboba - 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.
Special:Bubble Waffle, snow ice
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"
Cost: £3.3/£3.5

Boba Jam - 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.
Special:KTV, desserts, finger food,
Address: 100-102 Shaftesbury Avenue W1D 5EE London
Days and times: Mon - Sun: 11:30 - 11:30
Cost: £3.6

Bubbleolog - 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.
Special:milk tea, fruit tea
Address: 49 Rupert Street Soho W1D 6PF London
Days and times: Mon - Sun: 11:00 - 23:30
Cost: £3.45/£3.75

Milk Tea & Pear - 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!
Special:smoothies,  biscuits
Address: 12A Little Portland Street W1W 8BJ London
Days and times: Mon - Fri: 10:00 - 18:00
Cost: £3.5

Aobaba - Bubble Tea Shop(2011)
Ditching china saucers and talk of the weather, at aobaba our bubble tea shakes things up with a colourful blast of ice, exotic fruit, and flavour-popping bobas. Customers can sample one or four bubble teas, either relaxing in the seating area or having the drink on the go . The Refresh variety is made with Assam black or jasmine green tea and a splash of fruit such as passion fruit or strawberry. Those fancying something a little creamier can go for the non-dairy milk bubble tea, boasting an assortment of rich flavours including red bean and coconut.
Special:vietnamese coffee,vietnamese food
Address: 17 Wood Street KT1 1TY Kingston upon Thames
Days and times: Mon - Sat: 10:00 - 21:00, Sun: 11:00 - 20:00
Cost: £3.5

Chatime - Bubble Tea Shop(2012)
Chatime tea is brewed fresh in store using the highest quality natural ingredients with no added preservatives. It is against the company’s policy to use pre-made tea or tea powders and we are a proud to support Australian Farmers, with fresh milk delivered to Chatime stores daily by Daily Farmers and Pura.
Special:mousse, smoothie, oriental pop tea
Address: 11 Old Compton Street W1D TJF London
Days and times: Mon - Sun: 11:00 - 23:00
Cost: £3.25/£3.75

Mooboo - Bubble Tea Shop(2012)
Came across this Bubble Tea shop and the design just caught my attention, walk in and welcome with friendly staffs.Haven't tried bubble tea before but I did tried it with encouragement, the taste just amazing and the jelly just unbeliever.Strongly suggest to everyone to give it a try.
Special:mousse, smoothie, designer chair
Address: 84 Parkway NW1 7AN Camden London
Days and times: Mon - Sun: 10:00 - 20:00
Cost: £3.49/£3.79

Lakwatsa - Bubble Tea Shop(2012)
Lakwatsa, a bubble tea lounge, has opened in Notting Hill. It serves a huge range of both fruity and milk-based bubble teas served in jam jars with huge straws for sucking up the tapioca pearls. The merienda menu, inspired by Filipino snacks, includes spring rolls and adobo rice balls, as well as Asian classics like prawn tempura and spicy fried squid. Desserts include Filipino favourites like banana and jackfruit fritters, leche flan, and Halo Halo
Special:Filipino Snacks, lounge,
Address: 7 Blenheim Crescent W11 1EU London
Days and times: Mon - Sat: 11:00 - 23:00, Sun: 12:00 - 22:00
Cost: £3.4

BoboQ - Bubble Tea Shop (2012)
Many travel hundreds of kilometres just to enyoy a bubble tea at one of BoboQ's Tea Shops. On their way back home they are already looking forward to the next time.BoboQ specialize in making Taiwanese drink called bubble tea. we also serve special traditional Taiwanese food plus a lounge bar in the first floor for private party booking.Established in 2012 First shop opened in Berlin in 2010 in 2 years time this shop is the 108th shop that are opened in Europe, the biggest bubble tea shop across Europe.
Special:KTV, lounge, Taiwanese Food
Address: 61 Charing Cross Road WC2H 0NE London
Days and times: Mon - Sun: 11:00 - 23:30
Cost: £3.3/£3.7

Cuppacha - Bubble Tea Shop (2012)
Their bubble tea is amazing, with many flavors that you can get cold or hot, and with various toppings besides boba. They also have other drinks available and small Asian snacks for sale. Staff was very very friendly as well! Waiting for my bubble tea took mildly longer than expected, but I guess that extra bit of lovin' made for a superb drink in the end!
Special:Taiwanese Biscuits
Address: 23 Newport Court  WC2H 7JS London
Days and times: Mon - Sun: 11:00 - 23:00
Cost: £3.25/£3.75

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