A 300-year-old tea shop that brought tea to the English people, not to mention the Queen herself.
Enter this place and you will be greeted by the exoticized Chinamen figures that are placed above the doorway. However, it was acceptable back in the days when the tea shop started and you must let it pass.
Thomas Twining, who was an apprentice under a merchant belonging to the East India Company who was trading exotic locales including coffee and tea, began a small storefront in a busy region of London known as Strand. Initially known as Tom’s Coffee House, it soon emerged to become one of the most popular spot among the aristocratic circles of London.
Although it started as a coffee store exclusively, it spread into serving tea and became one of the finest tea blends in London. Within a matter of a decade, there was rapid expansion and eventually progressed to become a massive tea empire that has a global presence.
The world associates the British with tea. However, you would be surprised to know that tea was introduced to the British by a Portuguese queen only during the 1660s. Due to the East India company and its advent, tea gained popularity and it became the national beverage.
The first tea shop of Twinings is still open in the Strand area and the logo has remained unchanged ever since inception. It was in 1837 that Queen Victoria gave Twinings the honor to provide tea to the royal family!