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Taiwanese‌ ‌’bubble‌ ‌tea’‌ ‌franchise‌ ‌opens‌ ‌fifth‌ ‌UK‌ ‌site‌ ‌

The company, Gong Cha, will open a 65sq. metre cafe at 3 Garrick Street, in London’s Covent Garden

A tea drink franchise headquartered in Kaohsiung, Taiwan has announced plans to open its fifth ‘bubble tea’ site in the UK, at London’s Covent Garden

Entitled Gong Cha, the 27-year-old brand, will open the 65sq. metre cafe at 3 Garrick Street, WC2.

Over 40 bubble tea variations will be available at the site which will open daily from 11am each morning until 8pm.

Tea bases can be selected from the options of black, oolong, green or earl grey Tea. 

According to Gong Cha, the bubbles in bubble teas are “chewy pearls” of tapioca balls, which “bring life to the drinks”.

Other additions to the teas are Gong cha’s milk foam (a sweet and savoury combination), coconut jelly and pudding.

Justin Liew, head of Gong cha England, said: “Gong cha has led the way in the premium bubble tea market, and we anticipate high demand in Covent Garden as local workers, shoppers and tourists enjoy our teas.  

“They are refreshing at any time of the day, so we are offering extended opening hours to offer the opportunity to try tea from morning till night.”

Gong cha also has stores in Manchester, Liverpool and Newcastle. The company started trading in the UK in 2019.

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