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For Savoring Tea and Sweets, English Tea House Pekoe is a Hidden Gem

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2021.04.01 (Thu)

By Charlotte, long-term Tokyo resident & history-loving traveler

As of today, April is here. In Tokyo the cherry blossoms are approaching full bloom, and the weather has been bringing midday warmth. COVID infections are not yet completely under control, but if you feel like you need a bit of a breather, why not avoid the crowds and go for a stroll in Tokyo's Shitamachi? Today, we'll be introducing a perfect place to drop by for a little break and a wander.

"English Tea House Pekoe" in Taito Ward's Ikenohata appears at first to be an old Japanese-style home in a residential neighborhood. Once you go in, however, you are transported to a tea house. The flooring was replaced with hardwood floors, upon which dark brown wooden tables and matching chairs are arranged. Sections of the windows looking out onto the garden are stained glass, so the pretty light shining in is kept to a moderate brightness. Lamps suspended from the ceiling, the pendulum clock on the wall, candles and magazines on the shelves, and the Union Jack cushions work together to create a relaxing ambience.

The tea house boasts a selection of teas such as Darjeeling, Uva, Earl Grey, royal milk tea, and herbal tea, so that tea lovers will doubtless want to come again and again. About the tableware such as teacups and teapots, it looks like the owner chose each piece carefully, so the overall effect is tasteful. You can also order sweets like scones and chiffon cakes, so why not order one as a set with your tea?
*Please check with the staff about what sweets are available on the day.

Address: 4-22-8, Ikenohata, Taito-ku, Tokyo

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