The original Willow Tea Rooms in Sauchiehall Street was designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh for Kate Cranston in 1903. Not only did he design the exterior and interior he also designed the cutlery and waitresses dresses.
The Room de Luxe is one of the most precious interiors which Mackintosh ever designed. the room today still has the original pair of stained glass doors along with the leaded mirror frieze with purple panelling below and windows with panels of leaded mirror, the furniture is silver with high back chairs with nine inserts of purple glass.
The Gallery on the mezzanine floor overlooking the back salon has a fireplace on the back south wall. The ceiling has open beams allowing the light to flow through. The walls have a painted black trellis pattern with two stylised roses.
After a 4 year restoration project the building has returned to its former 1903 glory. Step back in time and enjoy the unique experience of visiting an Art Nouveau masterpiece, a family-friendly interactive exhibition, a delightful retail store, daily guided tours of the building and a fully equipped creative learning room which offers free and subsidised workshops
For reservations at Mackintosh at the Willow check the website.
Retail 9am-5pm | Tearooms 10am-5pm.
Check the Mackintosh at the Willow website
Next to McLellan Galleries and 5 minutes walk from Glasgow School of Art.
By Subway: 5 minutes’ walk from Cowcaddens Subway.
By rail: 10 minutes walk from Charing Cross and Queen Street rail Stations.