The Twinings story began in 1706, when Thomas Twining opened the House of Twinings in the old Tom's Coffee House on London's Strand. By 1717, Thomas' shop evolved into London's very first exclusive tea shop, then called The Golden Lyon. In an age where coffee shops were prevalent, Thomas worked tirelessly to bring his love of tea to the people of London. The response was overwhelmingly positive.
More than 300 years later, the passion for tea is still here - and so are we. We still sell tea from Thomas's shop, and we still work hard to bring new blends to tea lovers. Now, we have over 500 varieties and our teas are drunk all over the world. Our expert blenders taste more than 3,000 cups of tea every week. So you can be sure the next cup you taste will be every bit as good as the one yesterday or the day before.