There’s no doubt about it, a cup of tea really does make everything better. It sits on our work desks pushing us through e-mails, lands in the hands of strangers as we meet for the first time, perches on the lips of friends as we catch up, goes hand-in-hand with our morning cereal bowls and rests on our bed side table with a good book.
With all this tea drinking, it’s no surprise we’re super excited for purveyor of tea, Mariage Frères – and also France’s oldest tea house – to bring tea savoir-faire to the capital and open its first tea emporium in September, in a Covent Garden placed Georgian townhouse.
Despite originating in China, tea is oft thought of as being a quintessentially British drink, so we’re assured there will be plenty of happy tea aficionados with the announcement of this news. So, what’s involved? There will be the largest collection of teas in the world on offer, from vintage and rare to fruit and herbal. Alongside a retail space where you can peruse a range of teas there will be a restaurant specialising in tea gastronomy, a museum and two private event spaces. Those with a sweet tooth can enjoy Mariage Frères teas alongside sweet pastries on the ground floor.
Making its mark since it began operating in Paris in 1854, Mariage Frères knows just what a good cuppa consists of.
Mariage Frères will open in September at 38 King Street, Covent Garden, www.mariagefreres.com