went to their website looking for bunting (Jubilee flag-waving weekend, and all that) only to find the message that they're closing after 50 years:
I never liked their tea room, which always struck me as very old-lady musty, or their baked goods (sausage rolls were dry, not flaky) or the trifle I ordered from them a couple of years ago that was horribly sweet. Which left the sweets section and stuff like marmite and tea bags that you can just as easily get at Cost Plus.
But as a Brit, it's sad to see this Santa Monica institution go down. It joins Santa Monica's pantheon of old—Crafty Cockney, Mucky Duck. Wonder where all the Brits have moved to—Oregon?