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Le Chandelier - Traditional Tea House & Salon

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by Sandra Lawson (subscribe)
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Published May 3rd 2012
My daughter took me to Le Chandelier a few years ago and it made such an impression on me that I recently trekked back across the river to Dulwich for another visit. I wasn't disappointed. Forget about lounging around on comfy sofas in coffee lounges, at Le Chandelier you have two choices; you can either sit downstairs and enjoy your food in an antique inspired setting,

Le Chandelier
Downstairs at Le Chandelier - Picture Courtesy of Daphne Kellett

or climb upstairs to the Moroccan room, where you would almost expect to see Shisha pipes on offer.

Le Chandelier
The Moroccan Room - Picture Courtesy of Le Chandelier Website

Le Chandelier is open for breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner. I've only ever been in the afternoon for the traditional tea and scones and can confirm that they are delicious. I challenged myself with a different tea last time and opted for the Vanilla Black Tea, one of 34 speciality infusions available. It was like drinking a full flavoured cuppa with cream. Plus I had the Moroccan room entirely to myself and could have happily spread myself out on one of the cushion-lined couches. I really didn't want to leave.

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My Afternoon Tea

Le Chandelier does not only pride itself on its cuisine and service, they can help you furnish your own home with chandeliers and upholstered chairs, just like the ones they have in the Salon.

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One of the Chandeliers from which the Salon takes its Name - Picture Courtesy of Daphne Kellet

They can even help you with a complete interior design service. But getting back to the food side of things, they offer outside catering, or private hire of the Moroccan room. Last, but not least, they are also available for photo shoots.

Le Chandelier
Inside Le Chandelier - Picture Courtesy of Daphne Kellett

Why not take a trip to Lordship Lane and see what I'm talking about?
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Why? To enjoy food in extremely unusual surroundings
When: Tuesday - Thursday 09.30-18.00, Friday and Saturday 09.30-23.00, Sunday 10.00-18.00
Where: 161 Lordship Lane, Dulwich
Cost: It depends on whether you just want a cup of tea or a full meal
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