14 hours ago, mcohen said:
I was looking at Fortum, and I could order a nice dinner at that price. Why is tea so expensive?
Well, for a start the price isn't only for the tea. Fortnum's is in the centre of some of the most expensive real estate on the planet. You are paying rent for your temporary occupation of that space. Then there is the cost of maintaining and staffing the high level of comfort and service in such places. You are paying for the high level of knowledge and skill involved. Luxury costs money.
And you are paying for the sense of exclusivity. It's simple economics really. If you balk at the prices, no worries. There are plenty more people who won't.
Expecting to find "inexpensive" foods in notoriously expensive venues is beyond ridiculous.
If it's just a cup of tea you want, there are many other options.
The Taste of Yauatcha is 30 pounds for two people. Not particularly cheap for a few dim sum examples, however good.