Top 30 Bubble Tea Shops in the UK  

Taiwan Festival writers select 30 of the UK'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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  • Aobaba - Top 10 of 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

  • Cafe De Pearl - Top 9 of 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.
Special:Chinese cusine
Address:69 Bold Street L1 4EZ Liverpool
Days and times:Mon - Thu: 14:00 - 22:00, Sat:12:00 - 23:00, Sun 12:00 to 20:00
Cost: £2.9

  • Moo-Cha - Top 8 of Bubble Tea Shop(2011)
A paradise for your tastebuds in the heart of The Bullring, Moo-Cha is an oasis for cool, refreshing drinks and delicious 100% fat free frozen yoghurts, complete with a range of fruity toppings and yummy sauces. Create and tailor your very own mix of revitalising flavours and experience a great new concept of refreshments.
Special:Frozen Yoghurt , Slush
Address:Bullring Shopping Centre Middle East Mall  B5 4BE Birmingham
Days and times:Mon - Sat: 11:00 - 19:30, Sun: 11:00 - 17:00
Cost: £3

  • Milk Tea & Pearl - Top 7 of 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

  • Bobo Tea - Top 6 of 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.
Special:Japanese crepes
Address:Arndale Centre, Uppermall, by Aldi and BHS Manchester
Days and times:Mon - Sat: 09:00 - 20:00, Sun: 10:00-17:00
Cost: £2.9/£3.2

  • Bubbleology - Top 5 of 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


  • Lammy Cafe - Top 4 of Bubble Tea Shop(2011)
Lammy café features many unique drinks including milkshakes, flavored teas, bubble milk teas, frappe, blended beverages, smoothies and juices to meet all our customers' preferences.In addition to the extensive beverage menu, Lammy café serves various snacks and light meals such as egg waffle, streamed pork bun, hot dog and baguette to accompany our unique drinks
Special:milkshakes, waffle, bun
Address: 10 Charlotte Street PO1 4AJ Portsmouth
Days and times: Mon - Sun: 12:00 - 17:00
Cost: £1.80

  • Boba Jam - Top 3 of 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

  • Chaboba
Chaboba - Top 2 of 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

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

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