Earlier on in December I went on a mission to buy a friend a birthday present at the beautiful Postcard Teas shop on Dering Street in Central London. She is a lover of tea and so the perfect gift for her was a teapot accompanied by a special tea. The shop is tiny but perfectly formed with a beautiful selection of teapots and teas from around the world.
The shop front has a lovely traditional English feel to it but when you step inside you see the influence of Japanese design in its simplicity and aesthetic.
There is a simple wooden counter to one side and this is where they offer tea tasting classes. Pretty wooden trays adorn the shelves above. They are simple in design but beautifully formed.
I loved the pattern of these indigo Japanese-inspired cushions.
There is a wide selection of teapots and cups to choose from.
Most items are from China, Japan or Korea. My favourite was this lovely black teapot from Japan called Betty - named by the first customer to buy it.
The philosophy at Postcard Teas is provenance and small tea where all of their producers farm less than 15 acres. All of their 60 teas are labelled with the name and location of the tea makers and come in a silver canister with a beautiul label, individual to each tea.
There was also a small selection of other gifts including these pretty vintage-inspired postcards.