This cute drinking spot in Covent Garden is a great place to get tipsy on tea.
Adding to London’s lovely collection of cosy library bars, as well as the long list of Covent Garden bars, Teatulia is a tea shop cum cocktail bar cum “literary salon”, which boasts a spectacular cocktail menu and an ever-changing array of specially curated books.
By day, the tea shop will serve six teas, each made from leaves that were hand-picked from the Teatulia garden in Tetulia, northern Bangladesh. (Where other tea companies source from a number of different providers, Teatulia teas all come from this one garden.) While their signature tea, the Bengal Builder’s, is served with milk and has nearly as much caffeine as your morning coffee, they will also showcase the finest examples of organic single origin Green, Jasmine Green, Oolong, Ginger and Lemongrass.
By night, the bar will serve up a selection of tea-based cocktails designed by Enrico Gonzato from Dandelyan, i.e. the World’s Best Bar in 2017. Expect the likes of the Builder’s Bourbon (Black Tea, Blackberries, Sugar, Fresh Mint, Bourbon); the Lemongrass Mojito (Lemongrass Tea, Fresh Mint, Fresh Lime, Rum, Light Brown Sugar, Club Soda); and the Chai Hot-Buttered Rum (Chai Tea, Dark Brown Sugar, Butter, Honey, Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Spiced Rum). Sound pretty tea-rrific to me.
Designed by the masterminds behind Dishoom‘s stunning interiors, you’ll be sat in an intimate, art deco space with a stylish, mid-century twist. It’s a cosy and brilliant place to drink tea and get stuck into a great book from “The Living Bookshelf”. The Living Bookshelf, as coined by actress Tilda Swinton, will be a monthly selection of books and novels curated by notable writers, actors, musicians and filmmakers.
Location: 36 Neal Street, Covent Garden, WC2H 9PS. See it on Google Maps.
Opening hours: Monday to Saturday, 10am–10pm. Sundays, 10am–7pm.
Price: £3 for a cup of tea, £5 for a pot. Cocktails cost £10.
More information: on their website.