There’s nothing I like more than brunch, tea and vintage fashions – so you can imagine my excitement when I discovered a place that does all three. On the weekend we made a trip out to West London and discovered a hidden gem called Betty Blythe in Brook Green. Vintage inspired with a touch of Hollywood glamour, Betty’s is beautifully decorated throughout with old-fashioned photographs, pin ups and French inspired furnishings. Pink lemonade, decadent cakes, flowers in teapots – what’s not to love about this place?
The charming fine food pantry on the ground floor is laden with a tantalising selection of freshly baked pastries, scones, delicious cakes and old-fashioned sweets. The 1920’s theme is consistent throughout, with pretty young things in vintage dresses hurriedly serving hungry customers like us.
After helping ourselves to some juice and pastries, we retreated downstairs to the tiny dressing up room in Betty’s Boudoir. Little tables were set with mismatched antique china, teapots, pearls and dozens of hats and accessories were draped over the shabby chic sofa.
But my favourite part of Betty’s was the dressing up box which was full of vintage hats, turbans, gloves and accessories for any occasion. I wanted to try them all, quite reminiscent of Daisy in the beautiful shirts scene in the Great Gatsby.
Between cups of coffee and pastries we unashamedly played dress ups and made friends with our neighbours, giggling and adorning ourselves in all kind of elaborate accessories from the 1920s and 30s. Gloves, turbans, fascinators, faux fur – there were all kinds of treats!
And the faux fur….
After the pastries, we were served a simple granola with yoghurt and berries and a selection of toast with jam and butter. The food was nothing to write home about but at Betty’s it’s more about the atmosphere and the experience.
At 11.00am we had the friendly 5 minute warning (they had another booking at 11.30am) so we hurriedly finished the last sips of our coffee and headed straight to the drawers again to engage in more silly poses.
Nothing screams 20’s like a top hat and a velvet coat.
And that’s a wrap!
So who is Betty? The name is quite fitting – according to owner Lulu, Betty Blythe is one of Hollywood’s earliest sex symbols who starred in the Queen of Sheba in 1921. And the obvious – this tea room is also on Blythe road!
Next time you are looking for a different experience in London, why not play dress ups in Betty’s wardrobe, lose your inhibitions and enjoy the atmosphere all in the name of fun. My only disappointment was that we had to leave so early.
£15 per person (Time Out Offer) for pastry, granola, toast, fresh fruit, juice and unlimited coffee and tea.
Address: Betty Blythe 73 Blythe Road Brook Green London W14 0HP
Betty Blythe also specialise in afternoon team hens parties, baby shower’s, birthdays, children’s parties.