Text by Barbara Gulley • Images Courtesy of Babington’s
Located in a bustling, tony area of Rome, Italy, at the base of the Spanish Steps and just a short distance from Trevi Fountain, the Colosseum, and the Pantheon, Babington’s Tea Room holds its own as an unexpected treasure. The 125-year-old tearoom is still run by descendants of the original co-founder, Isabel Cargill. Today, cousins Chiara Bedini and Rory Bruce, whose family heritage is a mix of English and Italian, much like the tearoom itself, are co-owners and managers.
Babington’s light-hued stone façade blends seamlessly into the style of its surroundings. However, its stone-etched “tea room” sign and paneled doors with brass knobs hint at what’s inside—a decidedly English-style tearoom with influences from its adopted environment.