July 11, 2019
Teatulia: A stylish tea & cocktail bar in the heart of Covent Garden
I had the pleasure of visiting Teatulia Bar on behalf of Luxuria Lifestyle and this little tea bar is one of the newest additions in Neal Street, Covent Garden, and it’s already a hit for tea-lovers (and converted coffee lovers) in London.
The delicious organic teas are sourced from their own single plantation in Teatulia Garden, a tea-growing region of northern Bangladesh, from where the brand takes its name.
They mostly employ women and pay them over 30% more than the market rate, they also provide them with healthcare and education, which makes Teatulia an ethical alternative to popular high street coffee chains.
And as you come through the doors, you immediately feel that you are not visiting your average tea room. The beautiful decor reminds you of a perfectly designed living-room. The colours of the tiles and the walls adorned by various artworks were selected to remind customers of the region the tea comes from. The leather seats and glass tables were chosen to give you a sense of being in a luxurious yet comfortable home.
The large book shelf, currently filled with a wide variety of interesting books, was curated nonetheless by the Scottish actress Tilda Swinton.
On the shelves there are colourful tea caddies and fabulous interesting artefacts. Real pieces of design that can be enjoyed by those customers who prefer to brew a cuppa in the comfort of their home.
Open from 10am until 10pm Teatulia Bar is the perfect spot for a tea break during your shopping trip or if you prefer a cocktail (or three!) with your friends.
We sat down by the library and enjoyed studying the drinks menu. We were blessed with Summer weather, so we opted for their infused cold drinks. For our first round, we opted for a boozy Lemongrass Mojito (one of their summer specials) and a Green Tea Passion Fruit Martini.
The Lemongrass Mojito was a nice twist to the original cocktail and definitely my favourite of the two, you could really taste the infused tea in it. This was a refreshing option for those warm Summer months and it is available as a mocktail too to be enjoyed during the day as a soft drink.
The whole selection of tea can be served on ice, so we tried a couple and the waitress suggested we try a selection of cakes to perfectly compliment the teas. We ordered the famous Iced Masala Chai and an Iced Jasmine Tea, which came accompanied by a slice of Lemongrass & Ginger and Green G & Tea cakes, it was a a delicious and intoxicating combination, we loved it.
The Iced Masala Chai was one of the best I’ve ever tried in London. You could really taste all the aromatic spices and herbs and, as an iced drink, it was particularly refreshing. The Jasmine Tea was very delicate and suitable for those who don’t like intense flavours and contrasts in their drinks.
The cakes were also very moist, but the showstopper was the colourful chocolate layer that topped them. Teatulia believes in chocolate being one of the best couplings with tea, and you can tell they put work and efforts in creating cakes that respect this unique pairing.
Everything was served with a smile, and the team was truly happy to share their knowledge of various teas with us.
Our experience ended with a free face painting session that Teatulia organised for Pride, that was available for all their customers as well as tourists and passing parade goers. A truly unique and fun way to end this experience!
Teatulia’s hope is to create an alternative drinks destination that blends a tea shop, a cocktail bar, and a literary salon, and in my opinion, they are beyond succeeding. Can’t wait to be back for more!
A: 36 Neal St, London WC2H 9PS
T: 020 7379 9444
W: Teatulia Bar
Written by Marta Fabiani for Luxuria Lifestyle International