Diamond Jubilee Weekend Celebrations & Memorabilia

God save our gracious Queen, long live the noble Queen, God save the Queen! How happy we are to be celebrating Queen Elizabeth II’s 60th year on the throne. And, as you can see, we are doing it in Great British style:

Union Jacks as far as the eye can see!

If you’re in this neck of the woods over the weekend, be sure to stop in and take a look at our range of Diamond Jubilee products, all imported from Blighty:

The full range of commemorative Diamond Jubilee goodies! Perfect for gifts or to celebrate Queen Elizabeth’s 60th year in style!

One can’t hear you as one seems to have a scone in each ear!

Tea towels: for when One makes a mess.

One seems to have gone slightly to pieces! Customers will recognise this beautiful, one-of-a-kind mosaic of The Queen from the entrance vestibule of Carry On Tea & Sympathy

Our good friends La Belle Epoque on the opposite side of Greenwich Avenue are also getting into the spirit of things, giving pride of place in their window to this gorgeous vintage poster from the 1953 coronation:

A simple British classic – Nicky makes Marmite soldiers!

Goodness me, here at Tea & Sympathy we’ve got technology coming out of our ears. We’ve set ourselves up a shiny new Youtube channel and have been ploughing through the press we received leading up to the Royal Wedding. We were so flattered by all the attention and were delighted that so many lovely journalists headed down to ask our opinion on it all and to celebrate the big day with us. It almost meant as much to us as all our darling customers who stopped by to share their thoughts and excitement and stock up on wedding memorabilia. We really were touched by the whole thing. And goodness me – that dress! Needless to say, we loved it.


The lovely people over at Daily Candy stopped in to find out our recipe for Prince William’s favorite teatime treat, Chocolate Crunch Cake, which we served in the restaurant in the run up to the big day. A wickedly delicious mixture of Rich Tea biscuits, raisins and mixed nuts, all bound together with dark chocolate, milk chocolate, melted butter and sweetened condensed milk and smothered in melted dark chocolate – it’s no surprise it went down a storm!

While they were here, they asked Nicky to demonstrate how to whip up Marmite soldiers. Unbelievably simple, and astoundingly delicious, these are a must to add to your repertoire of British dishes. Marmite is quintessentially British; a salty yeast extract classically spread on toast which, as the well-known advertising slogan goes, you either love it or you hate it (which is a point of major contention in British society). Watch the video below to find out what exactly soldiers are and then serve up this everyday classic with a dippy egg!

Buy your Marmite here (along with any other ingredients featured in either recipe and Royal Wedding memorabilia), try these soldiers out, and let us know – do you love it or hate it?

God save the Queen!

Royal Wedding coverage – ABC News

We were utterly thrilled by how much attention our little old teashop received around the wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton. People traveled far and wide (seriously – Japanese coverage to be posted soon!) to hear how we felt about this most fabulous of marriages. Busy newsmen and women they me have been but they all seemed to have the time to stay for a cuppa tea and a slice of cake or two! Who can blame ’em…

First up, in no particular order (well, maybe alphabetically), is what the lovely people at ABC News had to say about us: