London Life Places

teanamu chaya teahouse

August 27, 2012

When looking for a spot for our last london bloggers meetup, i came across a most enchanting and unique place. Teanamu chaya teahouse is every bit what i imagined it to be and so much more. Run by the lovely pei wang, a tea master and buddhist, the tea house is a true sanctuary in the middle of notting hill.

The ceremony, for me, starts with trying to book a place. No phone number is displayed but an email address where you state your desired day and times. Once booking is confirmed you get a very detailed explanation of how to find the place. All this contributed to the excitement and anticipation.

Upon arrival, you immediately know you’re in for a treat!

Coming from the hussle and bustle of london life, you are greeted with a zen-like atmosphere, peaceful and serene surroundings which, with immediate effect, put me into a meditative state of mind. Every bit of my body went into relaxation mode and stayed there until i left a few hours later. That, surely, must be the way forward in preventative medicine. I predict an afternoon at pei’s pad will do wonders for the adrenaline junkies! There are only a few tables, so booking is essential as it’s only open on saturdays and sundays.

Once we were seated at our table the tea ceremony started. Pei’s extensive knowledge is fascinating. Happy to be advised by him he proceeded to ask each of us some questions about our well-being, likes, dislikes and possible intolerances. Armed with the information he will recommend one of his many teas, together with the bespoke tisane infusions which can be mixed and matched. We were all just too happy to leave it all up to the master himself!!

The other surprising element is that pei offers the most delicious home-made vegetarian, preservative-free snacks which are mouth watering and a feast for the eyes.

Have i wet your appetite yet? After everyone left, pei kindly allowed me to take some more photographs.

This next shot is pei’s personal table where he likes to sit, have tea and read. He brought it with him when moving to london and you can feel the ancient history locked inside of it.

Below is a luo han, a plant best known for its fruit. Pei thinks it looks like a meditating monk. It’s 9 years old, made into a bonsai and is fruiting for the 1st time. I tried to capture this in the second photo. Can you spot it?

Here are some more shots of this amazing place.

I LOVED it and cannot wait to return often. We all had an amazing time and in times of stress I will just imagine myself sitting at pei’s table and spending a couple of hours reading and enjoying his tea and snacks.

I want to thank the lovely paige, wedding photographer extraordinaire, for spending some time that day giving me invaluable tips and tricks for taking better photographs. The more advanced photographers amongst you will know which ones here were supervised:))

I hope everyone had a nice weekend and for those in the uk, you’ve enjoyed the last bank holiday of the year.

Tomorrow i’m off to sunbury antiques market and on wednesday i’m attending the paralympics opening ceremony. Yay! I’ll be back on thursday. See ya x

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  • Reply Chi@106 August 27, 2012 at 8:26 pm

    What an incredible find! I love quirky little word-of-mouth spots like this. Such a shame I couldn’t make it and benefit from Paige’s generosity/expertise.

    Another time, perhaps?

    My favourite shots are the one of Pei’s magnificent table (such wonderful light!) and the last one. Nope, I can’t tell which ones were supervised but that’s a good thing, right? πŸ˜‰

    What a super week you have planned – enjoy!!! x

    P.S. Thanks again for the VW invite – I’m keeping my fingers crossed that everything will be in perfect alignment so that I can attend. πŸ˜€

    • Reply tina August 31, 2012 at 8:53 am

      I know I know…. me too. Not easy to find before they become so hip you won’t ever get a place!!

      Yes, Paige tutored me in that shot and of course the results speak for themselves!
      Awww, you’re too sweet to say that you can’t tell the difference! You and I know that it takes years and years to become a good photographer so I have much to learn!
      I’m so greatful to Paige for her help and support. I already feel I’ve learned so much in only 20 mns of tuition. Can’t wait for that workshop that, btw, we had to postpone!

      Phew, glad it’s Friday, what a week!! x

      PS. Let’s talk more about VW nearer the time!

  • Reply Catherine Bedson August 28, 2012 at 12:23 am

    This is gorgeous, tea is so calming…I always drink it when I’m not feeling well. At the moment I have a thing for black tea with honey and lemon. Love the photo of the card holder and would love to know what tips Paige shared with you all for taking better pics πŸ™‚ Enjoy your busy week Tina. Catherine x

    • Reply tina August 31, 2012 at 9:04 am

      Oh, Catherine, you only drink tea like this when you’re not feeling well?

      Hope you’re enjoying the black tea with honey and lemon.

      Paige is going to run a workshop for some of us. Hopp over mate:) xx

  • Reply Christine August 28, 2012 at 5:54 am

    I love coming across gems like that. The whole experience reminded me of Korea and some of the tea houses there. Your shots are lovely and really relay the serenity of that place. Thank you for sharing these, Tina. Have a great week!

    • Reply tina August 31, 2012 at 9:06 am

      Me too. I would LOVE to go to Korea, Japan, partly for the Zen houses and tea places. I think I would be in heaven!!
      Thank you and thank you for your lovely comment!! x

  • Reply parisbreakfast August 28, 2012 at 10:26 am

    Fabulous experience Tina
    Thanks for taking us along
    Those are NOT goldfish inside the glass teapot are they?
    Love his website.

    • Reply tina August 31, 2012 at 9:07 am

      Ha. No, mon ami. They are tea flowers that open when dropped into hot water. As if you didn’t know:))
      I hope when you next visit Londres I can take you there……. xx

  • Reply Holly August 28, 2012 at 11:55 am

    We are SO going here when I visit you in London! I remember you had already suggested it once and I was quite intrigued but now, after these amazing images, I’m sold! Looks absolutely magical πŸ™‚ Thanks for finding and sharing Xx.

    ps. Pei’s personal table shot is my fav! Pinning it πŸ™‚

    • Reply tina August 31, 2012 at 9:08 am

      You bet my friend!!!!! This plce and a million others…. and we’ll take Gerard to some of them:))
      When is he back from holidays?

      Yes yes, that table is so amazing!!!!! can’t wait to go back and sit there xx

  • Reply Anya Adores August 28, 2012 at 3:11 pm

    Oh I love this place Tina, it is fab. My favorite picture is of Pei’s table, but the others were fab too. Happy travels to and fro, andI look forward to hearing (and seeing) more

    • Reply tina August 31, 2012 at 9:09 am

      When are you coming to London???????????????????????????????????????????????????????
      We want to see you xx

  • Reply Nicola August 28, 2012 at 7:05 pm

    This is a wonderful description of a wonderful place, the experience has stayed with me ever since. The environment, the person, the food and, of course, the tea. Thank you for the introduction.

    Your photo of Pei’s personal table is a triumph x

    • Reply tina August 31, 2012 at 9:11 am

      I am so happy I phoned you up to say: drop everything and come to this amazing place MS teanadgee…. it was made for you!
      Yes, it has also stayed with me ever since…..

      Ha. Isn’t Paige incredible? xx

  • Reply Toni @skandivis August 29, 2012 at 4:14 pm

    I agree with all the comments above! What a lovely find and yes I also absolutely LOVE Pei’s personal table πŸ™‚

    • Reply tina August 31, 2012 at 9:11 am

      You would love that place…. and Pei’s table:)

  • Reply geraldine August 29, 2012 at 5:17 pm

    Wonderful pictures Tina. I know which one Paige was involved in so shan’t give away. It was a fantastic afternoon – a real gem of a place – you really feel you can unwind from the hustle and bustle. Lovely company too, I might add πŸ™‚

    • Reply tina August 31, 2012 at 9:13 am

      Geraldine, feel a little awful as I forgot to mention how nice it was to meet you and Sarah that afternoon. It was such a pleasure to meet you ladies!!!
      I’m so pleased that your first impression of our groups meetups was a success x

  • Reply Theresa August 29, 2012 at 5:21 pm

    Oh, Tina, this place looks lovely. As soon as you reported that this place is tucked away and you had to email for its whereabouts, I was hooked. It’s as if you’re on a little secret mission for tea. πŸ™‚ I would definitely benefit from such an enchanted place and wished I had one in my hood. Pei’s table is beautiful, as is your photo of it.
    I’m most certain you all had the best time, so no need to hope. See you Thursday!

    • Reply tina August 31, 2012 at 9:14 am

      Oh T, another place I can picture you in…. why or why do you live so far away?????
      Thanks for your lovely comment x

  • Reply leah of sang the bird August 30, 2012 at 4:51 am

    pei’s table is beautiful. you can almost feel it’s history from your photo. i love the journey that you’ve taken me on. i love the ‘secrecy’ that shrouds the tea house, makes it feel so magical. what a beautiful experience xx

    • Reply tina August 31, 2012 at 9:15 am

      Knew you would like… yes a perfect place for you Leah… I shall go there and do some of my weekly reading BTW… can you now picture me there?
      C’mon, lets all have a get together there, even if it’s only in spirit xxx

  • Reply Lauren August 30, 2012 at 2:14 pm

    Oh I love it! How wonderful that you found this space! I would think that part of the relaxation would be in letting go and allowing Pei to take over the process for you. Just sink in. I think the photo of his table is my favorite. A sanctuary within the sanctuary.

    And, while I imagine an entirely different experience, I bet you had a blast at the opening ceremony! Can’t wait to hear!

    • Reply tina August 31, 2012 at 9:17 am

      You are so right lauren. That’s exactly how we all felt. We were there with a tea master so why even bother to think???
      I wanted Pei to spoil us with his knowledge and he obliged!!!!!

      Yes, Pei’s table I was tutored on. Isn’t it fab???
      Thanks love x

  • Reply Kelly Sparkes August 31, 2012 at 4:54 pm

    what a great find and a fantastic place for a meetup. I wish I could have been there!

    I love pei’s personal table, the gorgeous texture of it and the story of how he brought it with him to England is so special.

    Definitely one for the list before everyone finds out about it.


    • Reply tina September 2, 2012 at 8:35 pm

      Yes, you would have loved it! You must go there… x

  • Reply Paige Elizabeth September 1, 2012 at 10:18 pm

    Tina! These are so beautiful! You’ve captured the feeling of Pei’s little slice of heaven so very beautifully. I love that you tell us the story with beautiful words and wide and tight shots. They transported me back… and what could be better than travelling back to a peaceful afternoon with good friends?

    (And nice try. πŸ˜‰ The camera was in YOUR hands. Your eye and your heart made these lovely photos.)

    • Reply tina September 2, 2012 at 8:36 pm

      We had the best time, right??

      Stop it. You know that your guidance made ALL the difference!! But thanks anyway:) xx

  • Reply Anna September 9, 2012 at 9:16 pm

    This place looks absolutely wonderful Tina, what a fabulous find, so unique and a little oasis in a bustling London. I’m so sorry to have missed that meet up! x

    • Reply tina September 10, 2012 at 12:55 pm

      Not to worry, you made to the one on Saturday. It was lovely meeting you x

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