Twinings | London, England


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Twinings storefront

Date Visited: 19 June 2019

Twinings Website

Monday - Friday 9:30 am - 7:30 pm

Saturday & Sunday 11 am - 6 pm

store: +44 207 353 3511

customer services: +44 1264 313444

- Tea Suggestions -

Blackcurrant & Lavender, Loose-Leaf Infusion: a rich, fragrant blend with a delicious taste of Autumn

Nutty Chocolate Flavour Assam Tea, Loose-leaf: loose-leaf black tea, cocoa nibs, hazelnut flavouring

Chakra Silver Tips, Loose-leaf: rare buds of delicious young Indonesian tea

Cartwright & Butler Exquisite Biscuits; shortbread rounds made with real butter

LOGISTICS

Need Reservation? No; the tea shop is open to the public during business hours (reservations required for Afternoon tea & Tea Courses)

Neighborhood Type: City

Parking: None

FIRST IMPRESSIONS

  • Old-world charm

  • Original

  • Quaint

SIPPING EXPERIENCE

  • Over 300 teas in store (more teas available online)

  • 12 categories of tea (see categories on Twinings.com)

  • Teas clearly listed and described on tea tin or bag

  • Organized presentation

  • Taste any tea before purchase

THE AMBIANCE

  • Orderly

  • Organized

  • Stately but welcoming

  • Quaint sophistication

  • Inducing the feelings of being in an interactive museum

UNIQUE EXPERIENCES

  • Simple museum presenting artifacts of Twinings' history and items owned by Thomas Twinings himself

  • Over 300 years of innovation, creativity and master-blending expertise

  • Tea tasting

  • The oldest tea shop in London

CLEANLINESS

  • The Sipping Area: impeccably clean

  • The Dispensary Area: Checkout counter is small but clean and organized

  • The Bathroom: No public restroom

LAST IMPRESSIONS

Sometimes when I visit tea shops, I fear that I won't be able to take it all in for a lack of time. The Twinings Tea Shop, however, is full of rich tea history but small enough to experience it all. I left the shop feeling as though I was able to take a piece of England's history with me, a history with such deep roots. If I am ever in London again, I will stop by jusst to take a step back in time and to pick up some tea, of course.

ADDITIONAL NOTES

PHOTOS

Twinings storefront on Strand
A portrait of Thomas Twinings, the founder of Twinings Tea Shop
A portrait of a gentleman of the Twinings household
Twinings super blends sitting on a shelf in the Twinings Tea Shop
Twinings summer decoration within the Twinings Tea Shop
A sign indicating the tea tasting area and the museum within the Twinings Tea Shop
Tea sitting atop the tea tasting stand-up bar
Tea sitting atop the tea tasting stand-up bar
Advertisements for upcoming events sitting atop the tea tasting stand-up bar
The tea tasting stand-up bar with tea storage behind it
A sign indicating the tea tasting area and the museum within the Twinings Tea Shop
“ Tea Drinking in 18th-Century America” It’s Etiquette and Quipage”; a manual within the Twinings Museum
Vintage tea tins made for the Queen within the Twinings Museum
Display vintage pieces behind glass within the Twinings Museum
Photograph of a gentleman from the Twinings household hung between two large vintage tea tins
“Twinings – the oldest tea farm in the world”; an article showcasing Twinings history within the Twinings Museum | Four vintage tea cups
Two male officials standing in front of the Twinings storefront one holding a tea cup and the other pouring tea from a teapot into the same cup.
Gabie standing holding the handle to the door at the entrance of the Twinings Tea Shop

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