London English Tea at the Tea Shop
It says here, we’re right outside Twinings,
Thomas Twining founded this house by purchasing t as a coffee house originally. And then afterwards
he introduced tea here. And its been here ever since and its believed to be the oldest
company to have traded continuously on the same site with the same family since its foundation.
Wow, hand made leaf tea. Wow, hand made leaf tea Loose leaf tea. Delicate green tea leaves, hand sown, around chrysantheum flowers. Jasmine pearls. Hand rolled green tea pearls, scented with green tea flower. I think I’ll stick with the Englsh breakfast
tea to be honest. And the interesting thing about tea, when
it started coming in the very beginning in the eighteenth century, it was seen as a luxury. In fact a pound of it was half a day’s wages so people of lower classes, they couldn’t
afford it. And then later on in the nineteenth century,
it started coming in far more abundantly from China and India and it could be a bit more
cheap and that way it replaced coffee here in England. And its so popular, people, they drink 165million
cups of tea a day and 60 billion cups of tea a year in England So after seeing over 400 varieties of tea at Twinings I really feel like trying out afternoon tea in here. Hi, can I get the afternoon tea In a busy city like London, there’s always time for a good cup of afternoon tea Afternoon tea is sometimes called low tea. And that doesnt mean that the lower classes had it at a certain time. It just refers to the height of the table. So if it was low tea
it was around 3 to 5 and it was served kindof on a coffee table which was lower down. And
if it was high tea, it was later on in the evening. It was served on the high table.
So thats really what it meant. But afternoon was very different depending on what class you were from. If you were from the higher classes, you had something like
this. So you had the pastries, you had sandwiches, the typical cucumber sandwiches without the crusts. You had a scone, the jam, the clotted cream. And if you were from the lower classes
it was really the tea which was just a way to keep going, to keep working. So it was
a caffeine, a sugar hit so you could spend more time in the factories working the day
away basically. Yeah, I dont think I’m going to lose weight
on this trip either So maybe English food isn’t world wide famous and maybe they prefer Indian food, Japanese food and all different types of multi cultural
mixes but one thing they still know how to do really well is a great cup of tea.