Henry Wellcome (1853-1936) was a unique and extraordinary individual. ‘Pharmacist, entrepreneur, philanthropist and collector’.
The Wellcome Trust on Euston Road, a ‘Destination for the Incurably Curious’ is a wonderful place to visit.
An ongoing series of fascinating temporary exhibitions focus on life, science and art.
Medicine Man, a permanent exhibition on 4th floor shows a small selection of Henry’s collection. I felt quite sorry for Mrs Wellcome!
The cafe, run by Peyton and Byrne, has a fresh, contemporary feel. The lights are shaped like laboratory flasks that hypnotically change colour.
Artworks include an Anthony Gormley figure suspended over the staircase.
They offer a choice of loose leaf teas. I ordered a pot of Lapsang, before remembering I don’t like it. If it should smell and taste like a jumper you have worn beside a bonfire – then it was good! Served in a suitably scientific, utilitarian-chic matt chrome pot, leaf green cup and eau de nil tray.
This place is really popular (partly due to free wi-fi). At half past four on Saturday and it was nice and peaceful, but it does get very busy. There is sign saying that after 12 o’clock it is for diners only, so check if you just in need of an emergency cuppa.
A fantastic branch of Blackwell’s academic bookshop specialising in medicine, science and art is situated alongside the cafe.
The Wellcome website also has a tea game !
|Price of a Cuppa :||£2.50 a pot/ £1.30 for a mug|
|Leaf or Bag :||Leaf|
|Crockery :||Utilitarian-chic brushed metal pot and standard-issue-chic green mug|
|Service :||Self service, nice staff.|
|Food :||Good choice of salads, pies, sandwiches, cakes and pastries|
|Kitty says:||Good tea, ace bookshop, fantastic exhibitions. Not one for a quiet cuppa|
|Address:||183 Euston Road NW1 (opposite Euston, next block on right)|
|Website:||Wellcome Collection Cafe|
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