Twinings 216 Strand London
Thomas Twining bought Tom's Coffee House on London's Strand in 1706. Our store has been selling Twinings teas for the past 300 years.
Thomas Twining bought Tom's Coffee
House on London's Strand in 1706. The location of the shop was
perfect as it straddled the border between Westminster and the City
of London, an area that was newly populated with the aristocracy
displaced by the Great Fire of London.
By this time Coffee houses were a popular feature of London
life. Men - but never women - of all classes would gather
there to drink, gossip and to do business. Coffee shops gathered a
loyal clientele by specializing in particular products or by
encouraging customers with common interests. Poets for instance
would go to one establishment, army officers to another.
Competition between coffee houses was stiff. Fresh ideas and
unusual promotional twists were what kept the business alive. The
difference at Tom's was tea. Despite efforts to repress
tea-drinking through punitive taxes, tea became increasingly
fashionable during the early part of the 18th C, especially among
the upper classes, and they flocked to buy tea from Toms Coffee
House. In fact, soon he was selling more dry tea than wet - we
think it was probably the world's first dry tea and coffee
We're still here and proud of our
heritage site! Granted, we have a new team and some new
products, and we've even recently redecorated, but what remains is
our passion and enthusiasm for tea and coffee - as well as our
We've been busy!
We've been busy over the last
couple of months and as well as a lick of paint [and some major
structural repairs!], we've added a few new features. We're
very pleased with our new "Pick'n Mix", where you can choose your
own envelope tea bags for your Compartment Box.
We also have a newLoose Tea Bar,
which has created a lot of interest - with our sampling dishes, you
can pick up the tea, smell it, taste it, throw it on the floor if
you like! And although dry tea is great, wet tea is better -
so we've just put in a new Sampling Counter, where you can ask us
for a try of a little something!
Finally, we've updated our small
museum a little - here you can see some fascinating stuff - old
teapots and caddies and some lovely old pictures of the Twining
family. Do come and have a look, a warm welcome is
HOW TO FIND US | MEET THE
HOW TO FIND US
R. Twinings and Co Limited & The
London WC2R 1AP
Our telephone number is 0207 353 3511 or Twinings Customer
Services can be reached on 0844 3245000
We are exactly opposite the Royal Courts of Justice.
Travelling by Tube? Nearest tube is
Temple, on the District and Circle lines. Simply walk
straight up the road to Strand from the tube station, turn
right and you'll find us in about 300 yards
Book a Museum Visit or a Tea Tasting
Our museum is open to the public
and tea tastings are available by appointment, subject to the size
of your group, there may be a small charge please contact us on
0207 353 3511 for more information.