Exploring the Most Iconic London Tea Company

For over 300 years, Fortnum and Mason has been a London icon, renowned for its exquisite food and luxurious delicacies. It all began when Queen Catherine of Braganza, the Portuguese wife of King Charles II, introduced tea to England. This helped to popularize it among the wealthy upper classes, who had never heard of it before. Teahouses were not as successful as chocolate shops and coffee shops, as it was easier for people to prepare tea in their own homes. In 1902, King Edward VII requested a special blend of tea that is still sold today - the Royal Blend.

If you're looking for the best tea shop in the capital, look no further! Shad Thames was one of the largest warehouse complexes in London and received much of the tea, coffee, spices and other products that arrived in the capital. In fact, tea was first sold in England in a coffee shop owned by Thomas Garway in Exchange Alley. The Duchess of Bedford then came up with the idea of afternoon tea in 1840, which soon became popular with the upper classes of London. If you're looking for a luxurious and caring gift, head to Fortnum and Mason's flagship store located in the heart of Soho. Here you can find their London blends such as London Roast, English Afternoon and London Rose.

Alternatively, if you're looking to stock up or buy some London-themed souvenirs, these are the London tea shops you can't miss. Candella Tea Room is known as one of the best places in London for afternoon tea and the best scones in London. The Mazawattee Tea Company was managed by the Densham family who expanded their business in 18th century London. Ermin's is a historic hotel located at the end of a tree-lined courtyard in Westminster. The business that the family sold in 1918 but which today remains under the name of Horniman's Tea (sold mainly in Spain) was founded by Frederick's father John Horniman in 1826. We recommend trying one of their London Blends (opt for the London Rose), it's quite an incredible tea experience just by trying it. Finally, we know it's not a very traditional tea room but it has to be one of the coolest teahouses in the capital - East London Tea Room. Here you can find some unique blends such as Earl Grey Lavender and Jasmine Green.

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