In 1706, the Twinings tea company was founded by one Thomas Twining, a converted coffee house owner. The beverage caught on with the public, and his company has prospered ever since - but his first shop still survives on the Strand. Today, it also includes a small museum; here is a detail of the distinctive facade.
How have I managed to miss this before, as someone who is rather mad for tea?? Thanks for posting.
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