It can be hard to find good tea at a reasonable price in London, especially near tourist hotspots. Hard enough that when somewhere comes along offering good, honest tea at a decent price, with friendly service and all within a stone's throw of one of the most popular attraction in the city, it has to be worth a mention.
Walk down from the London Eye and cross the road, and you're there, at the oddly-named Elephant To Feed An Elephant. It's a big place, nicely furnished with an assortment of old, wooden tables and chairs (most equipped with Chelsea clips - this is London, after all). Slightly bizarrely, but nonetheless endearingly, one wing of the café is kitted out like an old Tube train, complete with vintage Tube seats, and line maps and mirrors (to suggest windows) above each seat. It's surprisingly effective (as I hope the poorly lit photo on the left shows) and I bet overseas tourists love it.
What of the tea then? Well, all the prerequisites are in place: a proper cup, tea in a pot, real milk. And there's variety too, with fruit teas, decaff and a choice of black teas on offer. Should something be wrong with you, and you want something other than tea to drink, well, you're well catered for too, with various coffees, hot chocolate and more cold drinks than you can shake a stick at.
Then there's the food. As you would expect from an establishment with this name, the menu is vast. It's also fairly basic, in that fry-ups, jacket potatoes, pizza and pasta are all on offer. But here at Great Tea Towers, we don't mind a bit of basic, as long as it's honestly priced and served with a smile. Which it is, here. There's a nice range of cakes too - the cherry muffin was a particularly good accompaniment for my cuppa.
I'll be honest, when I first saw Enough To Feed... I didn't expect too much, but it was cold and wet and I needed warming up. How pleasantly surprised I was. Yes, I know it's south of the river, but as I've already said it's right next to the London Eye, so very handy for lots and lots of people. Right across the road from the highly-recommended London Duck Tours start point too, and only a hundred yards or so from Waterloo station. It's good tea, in a central location, that won't cost the earth and isn't Starbucks. Really, what more do you want?