Cool cuppas in the swinging 70s

GLASWEGIANS have always liked going out for a cup of tea and a slice of cake.

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And, right from the Art Nouveau heyday of the Mackintosh designed Miss Cranston's Tearooms, we've liked to do it in style.

Back in the 1970s, Hyndland Road's Tavlan tearoom was the hot spot for West Enders to get their knees under the table.

As much a Scandinavian deli and design shop as it was a tea and coffee stop, diners could tuck into Swedish, open-top sandwiches on fancy breads before struggling out the door with a funky new bedside light or one of those oh-so-cool paper light shades (they were real dust traps).

And, despite it being the West End, look closely and you'll notice there wasn't a single, long-haired student in sight.


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