The Tea House Theatre has quickly become one of my favourite tea rooms in London with a well deserved reputation for its delicious home baked cakes. The cakes are displayed on various tables round the cafe rather than at a central counter which compliments its charming and relaxed character.
The Tea House Theatre is housed in an old Victorian pub on the site of the former Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens. The gardens, which were in existance from 1661 until 1859, provided popular entertainment including live music, illuminations and places to eat and it was the place to go to see and be seen with amongst its most famous visitors Casanova and Samuel Pepys.
The tea rooms have been on my must visit list for a while, but as a North London person I was a bit reluctant to make the journey south of the river, but on arriving I realised how mistaken I had been as it was so easy to get to, being only a five minute walk from Vauxhall Station. It's also worth considering as great alternative place to have tea when you're visiting Tate Britain which is about a 10 minute walk away, via Vauxhall Bridge.
The former pub has lovingly been transformed into a delightful cafe. Inside it's spacious with a quirky, eclectic decor. There's art work, photographs, books and lots of other eye catching objects. The service was great too, friendly and relaxed.
They offer a very tempting menu of both savoury and sweet foods, with all the ingredients being locally sourced. Included on the menu are all day breakfasts and club style sandwiches. On my second visit I had one of the best Welsh Rarebit I've ever eaten. It was made to a tradtional recipe with melted mature cheddar cheese with mustard and egg and was served on toast with an accompanying salad. Don't panic I finished my meal with a slice of cake!
On my first trip I enjoyed a wonderful cream tea. It was excellent value at just £6, at time of visiting, and consists of two delicious raisin scones, with generous portions of homemade jam (which is also available to buy to take home) and clotted cream. It was accompanied with a pot of house tea which served 3 - 4 cups of tea.
The really nice touch was the teapot arrived wearing a very cute hand- knitted insulating tea cosy which meant my tea stayed nice and hot and I didn't need to rush it. This is most definately a place to enjoy lingering.
They offer a marvelous choice of over thirty loose leaf teas that are described in their tea menu. This includes an amazing glossary, tea grading terminology and vocabulary sections to help you find your cup of tea. I found this very useful as I'm still a bit of a tea novice who only really got drinking tea relatively recently. The tea can also be purchased by the ounce to take home.
Here is just a couple of cake photos for you to enjoy. So far each time I've visited there's been a different selection available.
On my most recent visit I enjoyed a slice of an utterly delicious walnut, vanilla & honey cake. I can’t wait to return soon to try their afternoon tea, which is served with ice cream.
It's also worth checking their website for their range of special events.
Finally the tearooms are located very close by is the charming Vauxhall City Farm, so well worth combining a visit to see both.
Address: Tea House Theatre, 139, Vauxhall Walk, London, SE11 5HL
Nearest Tube and Train Stations: Vauxhall in Travelcard zone 1 and 2. The tearooms are located an easy five minute walk from Vauxhall Station.
Opening Times: Please check website for details.
The author of this blog is a qualified City of London and City of Westminster Tour Guide who leads guided walks combining world famous landmarks with hidden treasures often missed by the crowds