Bringing tea savoir-faire to the capital in a five-storey listed Georgian townhouse on Covent Garden’s King Street is Mariage Freres.
A retail space and restaurant, specialising in tea gastronomy, with two private events spaces and the tea museum.
Mariage FrÃƒÂ¨res has the largest collection of tea in the world from its apothecary-style wall, stretching to over 1,200sqm.
Organised like the grandest of wine cellars with exceptional crus composed of subtle and sophisticated blends, all are available by the weight from antique black canisters. Discover 1,000 aromatic varieties from 36 tea-producing countries
Unique and specifically blended for Mariage FrÃƒÂ¨res first London store is the Covent Garden Morning Ã¢â‚¬â€œ a luminous black morning tea with aromatic notes of hazelnut.
Recognising the 19th century roots of the brand, more than 150 years later Mariage FrÃƒÂ¨res continues to offer a traditional and artisan approach to tea-making.
Tea specialists, dressed in white-linen, are on hand to offer customers expert advice before they purchase their chosen blend from the vintage cashier booth, recreated in the style of the original stations manned by the Mariage brothers back in 1854.
Other products, including seasonal collections, all beautifully packaged, include an assortment of tea-flavoured and tea-scented items such as signature fragrances, incense and candles as well as confectionary, gift sets, teapots and teacups, books, strainers and tea paraphernalia.
Mariage FrÃƒÂ¨res offers over 50 types of freshly brewed tea alongside freshly prepared open sandwiches, sweet and savoury pastries.
Salon de ThÃƒÂ©
On the first floor, diners are seated either in the Voyage, a gallery, flooded with daylight from the atrium above and surrounded by an intricate listed heritage balustrade, or in the White Himalaya room surrounded by antique tea canisters.
Walls are dressed with modern art and prints featuring the creative imagery used in Marco Polo tea campaigns dating back to the 19th century.
Open for breakfast, brunch, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner, Mariage FrÃƒÂ¨res’ unique Cuisine au ThÃƒÂ© concept runs throughout the menus, using tea as a delicate ingredient, spice or flavouring in every dish.
Light and contemporary dishes include avocado guacamole-style with Japanese Matcha green tea and sweet potato crisps; seared Thai-style beef tartar seasoned with Lune Rouge tea, honey soy sauce, ginger, cashew and toasted sesame; veal with Jasmin BohÃƒÂ¨me tea; roasted chicken with smoky Black LÃƒÂ©opard Tea jus; and Saumon Matchawith sautÃƒÂ©ed spinach, Siam rice and barberries.
Tea-infused desserts are the likes of Rouge in Lovewith Paris Over the Rainbow rooibos tea-candied strawberries with cream, bourbon vanilla shortbread and French meringue; and a decadent CarrÃƒÂ© D’Or a 24-carat dessert of dark chocolate covered with Black Magic Tea and 24-carat gold leaves.
All-day brunch is served every day with Parisien set meals, all featuring freshly squeezed orange or grapefruit juice, toasted brioche with GelÃƒÂ©es Extra de ThÃƒÂ© and Aquitaine butter; a tea-infused dessert, choice of tea and a Mariage cocktail or glass of champagne.
Enjoy with scrambled eggs seasoned with Sel Matcha, artisan marinated smoked salmon and shrimp, Japanese matcha green tea fromage frais with herb and pomegranate-glazed salad; or roasted, braised and confit of vegetables in I Have a Dream tea.
The afternoon teas have a variety on offer including the King Street Afternoon Tea with a choice of savoury amuse bouche and pastries; or there’s a warm freshly baked Parisien fruit scone with Mariage FrÃƒÂ¨res GelÃƒÂ©es de ThÃƒÂ©.
As well as a vast range of teas and champagne, Mariage FrÃƒÂ¨res offers a selection of tea cocktails including the OpÃƒÂ©ra Blue Dream, blue tea with red fruits, vanilla aromas and gin; the Mariage’s with Marco Polo Rouge red tea syrup and champagne and a Mirabeau Ballet, black tea with red hibiscus blended with liquorice, lychee and white rum.
The MusÃƒÂ©e du ThÃƒÂ© on the second floor showcases tea antiques from around the world enriched by the Mariage FrÃƒÂ¨res family’s personal collection from their years travelling at sea.
Hand-illustrated oak and beech tea chests, pewter tea boxes, Chinese furniture made of carved wood, caddies, cannisters, teapots, old archives and an array of curiosities line the walls, providing a fascinating insight into the history of tea.
Mariage FrÃƒÂ¨resÃ¢â‚¬Â¨, 38 King Street, Covent Garden www.mariagefreres.com @mariagefreresofficial