Tea House Theatre

Winner of Time Out Love London Awards 2014

We are based in an old Victorian public house that opened in 1886 on the site of the Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens; immortalised as the ‘Vanity Fair’ in Thackeray’s eponymous novel.

We serve some of the best loose leaf teas available, proper sandwiches and homemade cakes; not to mention the best full English breakfast in London. Our teas have individual subtle flavours which would be overpowered by the instant, coarse, hit of coffee, so we do not sell it.

We make our own marmalade and jams, all for sale by the jar and all our teas can be bought by the ounce. Our meat comes from our local butcher and our fruit and vegetables from the local market gardens around us.

We are trying to be different. We will not hurry you. If you visit us on your lunch break, then have one, you will be more productive in the afternoon. If you want to have a meeting, we will not disturb you. If you are ‘working from home’, we have wifi. If you have children, we have highchairs, a chest of toys, and milkshakes. We always have the daily papers, so please, relax, and share in what we are trying to create, take a load off, and have a cuppa.

Resident artist



Alain English is the resident artist at the Tea House Theatre; despite being called Alain English he is in fact Scottish.  His performances of Rabbie Burns at our Burns' Night Suppers in January have become the stuff of legend.  He has worked with the Tea House since its inception producing a number of plays and performances of Shakespeare, and fireside readings, not to mention being a star of the Tea House Youtube Channel.

Alain studied publishing at Robert Gordon’s University in Aberdeen, graduating July 2004 with a 2:2 Honours Degree.  In 2006, he gained a Postgraduate Diploma in Screen Acting from the International School of Screen Acting in London.  This marked the beginning of his professional career as an actor.  Alain has appeared in many different theatre productions in London, where he has lived for the past nine years.  Highlights include the Herald in “Agamemnon” at the Courtyard Theatre, Magwitch in “Great Expectations” (tour) and more recently Beast in “Beauty and the Beast” (Colour House Theatre) – his full acting CV can be seen here.

As well as acting, Alain is also a performance poet, writer and debater. He created our poetry night Paper Tiger Poetry.

He was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome aged sixteen and has spoken on this subject at events with Autism London and London Autistic Rights Movement.  See the Presentations page for more details of his work in this area.


To find out more about Alain English, please visit his website