Shopping , Specialist food and drink Camden Town
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Tea bar in Camden

Created with the aim of bridging the gap between Eastern and Western healthcare, Chinalife is a modern holistic health shop with wooden shelves piled high with a selection of teas, supplements and aromatherapy oils. Stylishly packaged skincare and body ranges feature all-natural active ingredients: some familiar (gingko and ginseng), others, like the anti-ageing reishi or moisture-boosting Chinese angelica, less well known in the West. We particularly like the herbal foot bath, the flower water sprays and the jasmine face mask for dry skin. Tea-lovers are spoilt for choice, with an impressive array of medicinal blends and flower- and berry-filled sachets. A chic tea bar also offers exotic concoctions infused with pomegranate syrup and crushed rosebuds and fragrant, spice-infused lattes. At the shop’s rear, canvas panels suspended from the ceiling create an airy room where a therapist can help you feel right as rain with an energising lifestyle package, where acupuncture and Chinese Meridian massage fulfil their promises. Next door at the AcuMedic clinic, a team of experts from China can offer solutions to just about anything, from infertility through to smoking addiction.

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Chinalife says
Experience the revelation of 'true tea'! We source the absolute pinnacle of tea – no horrible tea bags or artificial scents: this is authentic tea with a wealth of history, craftsmanship, flavours and feelings. Walk in sober and walk out tea drunk!
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Venue name: Chinalife
Address: 99 Camden High St
Opening hours: 9am-8pm Mon-Sat; 9am-6pm Sun
Transport: Tube: Camden Town/Mornington Crescent
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Lucie D
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The best tea house ever. Quiet, sublime ambience and friendly staff who have tought me to prepare my tea the correct way - i.e. to ditch the teabags! ;) I can't imagine a day without my glass tea brewer. And anytime I'm in Camden and in need of de-stressor, I go to my 'temple' for one of their ace teas and come out a new person!

Arthur S
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Perhaps London's finest tea shop: knowledgeable staff, an excellent range of teas and tea-making equipment to buy and an extensive menu of stuff that can be enjoyed at the premises.

Isis C
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The accupuncture sessions are personalised to every individual and the herbal precriptions very accurate

Karsten F
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Amazing Tea house definitely worth a visit really nice and friendly place.

Judy M
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Don and his wife are both passionate and knowledgeable about their business and their products. Their standards are very high, so you can go to them with complete confidence.

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Staff Writer

Such an array of services and great Tea. This place is trusted as a good place to go for Chinese health practises.

loren r
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Tea is now everywhere, but perfect tea is only there.

I used to leave in Yunnan, cradle of the Tea and since i left, this place is one of the rare one i could experiment the real spirit of leaves.

Chinalife is not only importing tea, they are tea lovers, going to the roots of the trees to be sure to share the best with you.

Tea is a bridge btw China and our world, but is also a deep way to connect with ourselves and then a leaf is not just an anonymous leaf, it is alive, this is Life !

Graham M
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Dom (owner) has a passion for tea and travels to China every year to collect new varieties. You can learn a lot about tea just by visiting the shop. Lots of other tea related events arranged around the shop that you can discover if you sign up for the news letter.

Jane T
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Beautiful venue to try out every type of tea imaginable and wonderful staff who are always happy to recommend. My first port of call when I'm in Camden.

Tracie S
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Chinalife is an incredible place, serving the best tea in London. I go here to find rare blends sourced in China by Don using his highly tuned curating tea master skills. I can rely on Chinalife not only to bring me the best of the oolongs and puerh teas that i like, but also selection of Limited Special Reserves from bespoke tea farmers hidden away in the mountains. If, like wine, you are a connoisseur of tea, this is the ONLY place to buy tea. There is also a varied selection of books in their bookshop and highly qualified Acupuncturists for various treatments. Chinalife is an institution for chinese medicine and a forward thinking brand that is helping to educate and bring more conscious awareness to us as a generation in more ways than one. Highly recommended!

Mie T
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a really good shop where you can find many many kind of tea! and the owners and almost all the employees are so helpful when you need an advice! you can also go to the library if you want to improve your knowledge about tea or about natural things for your health!!!

Liselle M

I love the staff, the tea and overall oasis this place offers. I always leave feeling rejuvenated

Don M

Best tea in London, nobody comes even close to this level of expertise.

Will K

Came here for tea and it was very peaceful and the tea was so tasty. I love London

Vicky A

Amazingly authentic teas, acupuncture & herbs, bookshop & everything you need for healthy living under one roof!

Celine T

Amazing place if you want to chill and drink real loose leaf Tea and none of that scented non sense.

Alison M

Chinalife is a wonderful oasis from the madding crowd in Camden Town. The range of soothing teas and smoothies are interesting and delicious. There are also treatments available in acupuncture, massage therapies and traditional Chinese medicine - plenty to dip into. A breath of fresh air and a stalwart institution in an increasingly homogenised Camden High Street.

Thomas B

One of the gems of London! Very unique with a variety that you won't find anywhere else.

cinema g

Chinalife is genuine about tea. - It deals with the purest brands of tea, not the most fashionable perfumed blends and mixes. A visit to Chinalife is not just a shopping or relaxation experience, it is an education.

Xandra M

Fantastic tea bar and fabulous teas to take home. A must if you're visiting Camden.

Don M

Incredible selection of tea and inventive tea mocktails made fresh at the teabar.