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The tea rooms were first opened by Miss Cranston in 1903 and were designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh in collaboration with his wife, Margaret Macdonald.

Mackintosh had already worked for Miss Cranston, designing elements for her other tearooms in Glasgow. But in Sauchiehall Street, Mackintosh was given responsibility not only for the interior design and furniture, but also for the full internal layout and exterior architectural treatment. The early 20th-century patrons of the tea rooms had never seen anything like these designs before! The Willow Tea Rooms quickly became a popular place in which to socialise, particularly for women.

The Original Willow Tea Rooms Building (now known as Mackintosh at the Willow) can be found in this internationally recognised, A-listed property. The restaurant seats up to 200 people across 3 floors and boasts a variety of beautiful spaces, each with their own character and unique design.

The Front and Back Saloons are on the ground floor, and feature an impressive canopy, skylights and linen wall panels – all designed by Mackintosh and Macdonald. The Gallery is on the mezzanine floor.

The famous Salon de Luxe can be enjoyed on a special tour that must be booked in advance. Your host will guide you through the history of the original Willow Tea Rooms Building, and you will then enjoy a fabulous afternoon tea for two whilst you take in the atmosphere of the room.

Patrons are invited to partake in a delightful array of culinary offerings, including breakfast, afternoon tea, lunch, and a delectable selection of cakes and pastries. Booking your table in advance is highly recommended.

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Please note that we cannot guarantee seating in the Gallery, as it is only open when required. We will do our best to accommodate your booking request.

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A blue Willow pattern tea plate is displayed next to a brass bell and a small glass vase holding a single purple flower.
Our Willow pattern china is also available to buy from our shop.

Please note that we are not affiliated or associated with, or in any way connected to, the commercial business The Willow Tearooms situated on Buchanan Street and Princes Street, and we do not endorse or authorise that business.