Teatulia is the largest organic tea brand in Bangladesh, and is sold in Japan, China, the USA, Germany and the UK.
Teatulia, on Neal Street in London’s Covent Garden, has reopened following a much needed refurbishment.
It is a tea and cocktail bar, which sells organic teas grown at the Teatulia garden in northern Bangladesh, as well as cocktails made using tea infusions.
The designers, Russell Sage Studios, were briefed to create a rich, colourful, contemporary interior inspired by the colours and materials of Bangladesh.
The studio was also responsible for the award-winning interiors of Dishoom and Quaglino’s, amongst a number of highly impressive projects in recent years, several of which have been reviewed in the pages of GS Magazine.
At Teatulia green hexagonal floor tiles echo the verdant tea bushes in the garden, which sits in sight of the foothills of the Himalayas.
Deep blue paint on the walls echoes the sky.
Hessian and wooden shelves are a nod to the trees and jute sacks in which the picked tea is transported.
Mirrored tables help expand the sense of space, while deep velvet sofas and chairs, and the sweeping terrazzo bar, creates a much more opulent feel than you expect from your average tea shop.
Towards the back of Teatulia is a bookshelf curated by the Oscar-winning actress Tilda Swinton, featuring selections by some of the world’s leading writers, actors, directors and creative minds, including Jon Hamm, Stephen Fry, Monica Ali, Howard Jacobson and William Boyd.
Teatulia UK’s CEO, Ahsan Akbar, says. “This renovation will give us more space to serve our unique organic teas and tea cocktails.
“Tea is best enjoyed with a good conversation, or a good book, in calm, elegant surroundings, and that’s what we always try to provide at Teatulia.”
And it’s refreshing to see a new and very individual interior design.
If there is to be a growth in popularity of the tea bar concept in the UK, let us hope that it doesn’t bring with it a predictable or standardised interior design look, like its coffee bar counterparts.