Just when you thought London was going to have to do without a chic, 1960s-Hong-Kong-styled tea room and bar…
…we went and found Wun.
It comes to us courtesy of Z He and Alex Peffly, the same husband and wife team behind Bun House. Z herself is from Hong Kong and apparently felt strongly about creating a place that gave Londoners a taste of the nostalgic Cantonese dishes from her childhood, in a space inspired by what she’d consider to be two classic components of life in HK.
Upstairs draws inspiration from Hong Kong’s open-air street cafes (aka ‘dai pai dong’). Distressed, pastel green walls are offset by gold-rimmed cafe tables, and wicker mint and cream chairs. Most importantly however it boasts huge, floor-to-ceiling folding doors that open out onto the streets of Soho, allowing tables to spill out al fresco style, depending on the weather. Here you can enjoy a whole variety of Cantonese classics; things like Iberico char siu rice, chicken skin skewers, and ‘finger-licking barbecue beef spare ribs’.
Downstairs on the other hand, has been designed to echo Hong Kong’s vibrant night life. It’s low-lit with bright green neon signage on the walls, and red velvet seating. A mid-century cabinet, topped with DJ decks and surrounded by palms, takes centre stage; whilst a vintage jukebox filled with old school records, brought all the way over from Taipei, sits in the corner.
Another highlight is their newspaper-styled drinks menus that hang along the length of one of the walls. A drinks menu which – whilst we’re on the subject – is made up of Fruit Forward; Earthy & Spice; Herbaceous; Floral; and Classic cocktails; as well as a few non-alcoholic numbers. All of the cocktails have been specially designed to showcase slightly more unusual Chinese spirits and ingredients, for instance the Herbaceous Green Bamboo & Quince which mixes bamboo fenjiu (a common Chinese grain-based spirit); pue’er tea liqueur; fresh quince; and mango.
You can enjoy them all solo, or otherwise alongside a couple of small plates, available all day in both the tea room and the bar. On certain nights they’re also proposing a mixed programme of masterclasses, again with the intention of teaching people more about Chinese spirits. Plus there’ll be monthly DJ nights exploring Hong Kong’s underground music scene meaning, really whenever you go…
…you’re guaranteed to leave feeling like you’ve wun.
NOTE: Wun’s Teahouse and Bar is open Mon-Thurs, 12pm-12am; Fri, 12pm-3am; Sat, 11am-3am; Sun, 11am-12am. For more information, the take a look at the full menu, or to book, visit their website HERE.
Big fan of Cantonese cuisine? Take a look at our Guide To Chinatown here.