Just outside of London there is hidden gem of a place, a tearoom with a difference. Amidst the faceless concrete of high-street stores and fast-food restaurants sits Vintage Lindy Lou’s. This is not your average tearoom, you won’t find ‘distressed’ furniture or white ‘shabby chic’ tables and chairs here. This tearoom was created to encapsulate a bygone era, to become a part of the community and to provide a historical snapshot of life.
In her own words, Linda, who started the venture over a year ago, explains her vision “I loved tearooms but all of the ones I had visited weren’t what I wanted mine to be. I wanted it to be like my home, where people could kick off their shoes and relax on the sofa. Like my front room, not commercial. A place for history.”
When she began to realise her tearoom dream, Linda had already amassed a huge collection of crockery and home-ware. She then set about finding furniture from antique fairs, charity shops and the like. Carefully chosen pieces that would be in keeping with the 1940s front room feel. Authentic tables and chairs with all of the knocks and quirks that tell the story from their previous lives in someone else’s home.
Along with this dark wood furniture are sofas swathed in crocheted blankets. Wall cabinets and stand alone glass cabinets, with knick-knacks and crockery finish the look, completing the homely feel. The walls are adorned with black and white photographs. One is of Linda’s sister and her mother on the beach in 1952. Displayed next to the photo is the dress from the picture, a beautiful floral frock complete with matching bolero jacket. It’s these personal touches which make this