I credit my “LondonLovelies” twitter friends with introducing me to some great London experiences and one I still recall with delight was my recent visit to the Chaya Teahouse in London’s exclusive enclave of Notting Hill.
Entered via a charming courtyard, five minutes from the hustle and bustle of All Saints Road, my elevated stress levels were immediately lowered by entering into a light and airy conservatory-style living room. The trees in the tiny courtyard used in the summer, are complemented by the miniature bonsai trees indoors – each are clearly equally cared for and appropriate to their setting. I felt at peace.
When asked by my host Pei Siong Wang as to my tea preference, (and having perused them on his website at length beforehand), I chose from his feisty red tea selection and was served the Emperor 1998. I am told that the properties within this tea are perfect for lowering blood pressure – sometimes we are drawn unknowingly to those foods that do us the most good!
The biggest surprise however was the food served for our afternoon tea – this is indeed tea but not as I normally know it. Cleverly adapted by Pei with friend Marcus, this took us into a new and different tasting arena. The green tea macaroon was especially divine, as were the little orange cakes. I need to return to try this all again … and soon.
If you happen to be in the area and hear the sound of gentle laughter in the company of friends, follow it to its source and you will find yourself beautifully ensnared within the world of Pei and his teahouse and your stress levels will just simply melt away.
For more information on the Chaya Teahouse and Teanamu, visit http://www.teanamu.com/teahouse/. Pei has just started MedTeaTation – check out “TeaHouse Stirrings” to find out more – http://www.teanamu.com/
Contributer: Sue Lowry
The Chaya TeaHouse is not a client of Magellan PR.