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The Twinings Story, steeped in tradition since 1706.

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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.

1701 Thomas Twining works for a wealthy merchant handling the first shipments of tea.
1706 Thomas Twining opens the first Twinings shop on London’s Strand and begins exporting teas.
1825 Twinings starts in the banking business. Twinings Bank at 215 Strand opens.
1837 Queen Victoria appoints Twinings as an official Royal Warrant holder.
1930 Twinings creates its Irish Breakfast and Ceylon blends for the first time.
2006 Twinings celebrates 300 years of blending.
Today Just as Thomas Twining in 1706 was one of the first to recognize potential of tea - Twinings remains at the forefront of the tea industry, driving innovation & leading quality around the world
1662 Tea officially arrives in the UK.
1664 Twinings is acquired by associated British Foods.
1700s 1800s 1900s
1900 Twining Bank sold to Lloyds, now Lloyds TSB.
1901 Twining develops the recipe for it’s English Breakfast blend.
1904 Twining starts business in France.
1940 Twinings supplies tea to the Red Cross for their wartime food parcels.
1956 Twinings produces teabags for the first time.