Preparations are underway for the launch of Teatulia, a new literary tea shop and cocktail bar in London’s Covent Garden.
Teatulia claims to be the first tea shop in London to have complete ownership of its provenance. Every leaf is hand-picked in the Teatulia garden in Tetulia, northern Bangladesh, a tea-growing region lying between the better known Indian regions of Assam and Darjeeling.
The intimate 16-cover venue and retail space has been designed by hospitality interior specialist Russell Sage Studios. Described as “an art deco space with a mid-century twist”, Teatulia aims to provide a unique place to buy and drink tea and read.
By day Teatulia will serve six teas, for consumption on site or at home, while in the evenings it will also offer a selection of tea-based cocktails.
The signature tea will be the Bengal Builder’s, “a rich, dark and bold blend” served with milk. The rest of the tea menu will showcase examples of organic single origin Green, Jasmine Green, Oolong, Ginger and Lemongrass teas.
The cocktail list has been created by acclaimed bartender Enrico Gonzato from Dandelyan at the Mondrian Hotel.
Examples include the Builder’s Bourbon, made with black tea, blackberries, sugar, fresh mint and Bourbon, and the Lemongrass Mojito, combining lemongrass tea, fresh mint, fresh lime, rum, light brown sugar and club soda.
A variety of mocktails will also be on offer, such as the Green Tea Ginger Cooler, with green tea, lemon juice, simple syrup, and the Chai Spiced Hot Toddy, mixing chai tea, cinnamon, cardamom, honey, fresh lemon, ginger and orange.