The Royal Academy Summer Show along with Wimbledon and the Test Match at Lord’s is a regular mid-summer London fixture. Anyone can submit artwork and in 2012, the 244th year, over 11,000 artists applied to be hung next to David Hockney, Anselm Kiefer and Gary Hume.
Visiting the show can be overwhelming, with many different styles of artwork hung all the way up high walls. A colourful, kaleidoscopic patchwork quilt.
Cornelia Parker’s ‘Now and Then’ caught my eye. Featuring one silver teapot suspended above another (squashed) teapot. A metaphor, perhaps, for the art-lover; over-stimulated, a bit flat, but ultimately revived by a cuppa.
Time for tea!
The Restaurant at the Royal Academy has had a makeover, with lighting by Tom Dixon and a menu by Peyton and Byrne.
The space has always been wonderful, with its murals by academicians, high-ceilings and arched windows; but now is quite glitzy. All red and gold and piano music.
A good selection of teas included Gunpowder China Green, Darjeeling, Assam, English breakfast, Ceylon Orange Pekoe and Jasmine with Flower. Good value, considering the elegant setting, at £2.50 a pot.
I chose Japanese Cherry,’green tea…infused with rose and cherry’. It was lovely, fruity and deliciously thirst-quenching. Served in a cast iron Japanese tea pot, and white china cup, it was spot-on – a perfect match for my strawberry tart.
The food menu looks good, if pricey for a museum. There is also a cafe if you just want a sandwich or a quick lunch.
Really good cuppa in glamorous surroundings.
|Price of a Cuppa :||£2.50 a pot|
|Leaf or Bag :||Leaf|
|Crockery :||Lovely white china cup and black Japanese cast iron pot|
|Service :||Very friendly and smart|
|Food :||Sample menu: Food (PDF)|
|Kitty says:||Really lovely surroundings for special cup of tea.|
|Address:||Royal Academy of Arts, Burlington House, Piccadilly W1J 0BD|
|Website:||Royal Academy Restaurant|
Feeling artistic? Royal Academy Summer Show entry details here.
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