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A Cuppa

01 June - 31 August

By The Mad Hatters and supported by Derwent London, UEL - Department of Architecture & Physical Design, BRILLIART, Jen’s Plants and Florist.

From matcha to chai, chá or sencha; tea is more than just preparing a drink. It is a cathartic ceremony that unites people, cultures and communities. Reminiscent of Alice in Wonderland’s Tea Party, where Alice’s fundamental concept of time is challenged, this bench invites you to pause... and have A Cuppa. The exaggerated scale of the delicate teacup and saucer, coupled with its playful patterns and bold colour scheme, brings a sense of light-hearted bliss to the city. Crowned with lush planting which alludes to the essential elements of tea, the bench injects an additional touch of nature to its setting.


This bench forms part of the 2021 City Benches, a design competition by the LFA, Cheapside Business Alliance and Aldgate Connect BID, that sees see a playful series of nine benches brightening the streetscape across Cheapside and Aldgate.

To hear Ryan and Iara sharing the story behind their bench, head here..


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