A unique blend of tea shop, cocktail bar, and literary salon, Teatulia shows Londoners a new way to enjoy tea.
Where Does Your Tea Come From? ~ ‘Teatulia’
Drinking tea in London now will be more than just a delightful cliché. The famous brand of organic teas, Teatulia, has opened its first store in the land of the queen. Offering an atmospheric mix of the tea house, cocktail bar, and reading saloon, the place promises a unique experience to visitors. The idea is to celebrate the drink as it’s done in Bangladesh, where the brand’s leaves are grown: not something homey and comforting, but a catalyst for laughter, debate, and romance. One of the highlights will be “The Living Bookshelf,” a term invented by actress Tilda Swinton, who was responsible for the first curation of the living bookcase. Each month, a notable writer, actor, musician, or filmmaker will be responsible for the literary selection that will be available to clients. During the day, six kinds of refined tea will be served, while at night, tea-based cocktails, developed by Enrico Gonzato of the Dandelyan Bar, will be available to try.
The signature tea will be the ‘Bengal Builder’s’, a rich, dark and bold blend, served with milk, nearly as caffeinated as coffee for your morning cup (all teas £3 cup / £5 pot). The rest of the tea menu will showcase the finest examples of organic single origin Green; Jasmine Green; Oolong; Ginger; and Lemongrass.
The Teatulia founders, Ahsan Akbar and K. Anis Ahmed, also run the Dhaka Lit Fest, Bangladesh’s leading literary festival, which attracts internationally renowned writers from around the world. With an ongoing program of book launches, readings and events, Teatulia will become an essential and supportive part of London’s literary universe. Tilda Swinton says of the Living Bookshelf at Teatulia “Reading and tea leaves go together like breathing in and breathing out. Go slow. Take time to brew yourself some harmony. Separate the signal from the noise.”
The intimate 16-cover venue and retail space have been designed by Russell Sage Studios, the designers behind Dishoom, Tamarind Kitchen and a host of London’s most stylish recent restaurant interiors. An art deco space with a mid-century twist, it will be a unique place to buy and drink tea and read. A curved black terrazzo topped bar will lead you through space, past display shelves to the back. Here, a literary connection will be reflected in the stylish bookshelf.
Photos: Louise Long