The thirst for bubble tea has sparked a business surge in London, with a string of new outlets selling the fruit and milk-based drinks.

Companies and entrepreneurs are competing for prime sites in Soho as the craze spreads to the UK from Asia.

Bubble tea — a flavoured drink containing chewy tapioca balls — was first sold in Taiwan in the 1980s but has gradually grown in popularity around the world.

“It is a craze in London now with four bubble tea shops opening recently in Shaftesbury Aven...

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