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History of Twinings Teashop :"There is no name more venerable in the British tea trade than Twinings. In 1711, Queen Anne, a tea lover of some note, appointed Thomas Twining her official purveyor of teas, and Twinings have held Royal Warrants to every king or queen since that time. For ten generations spanning three centuries, this tea dynasty has reigned supreme across the British Empire.
In 1706, Thomas Twining purchased Tom’s Coffee House at 216 Strand in London. At that time, brewed coffee and tea were dipped from barrels and sold to customers by the tankard or cup. Thomas transformed the coffeehouse into Twinings Tea House and set a “Golden Lyon” above the door, flanked by figures of two Chinese merchants. A century later, writer Jane Austen was a devoted customer because, at a time when tea leaves were sometimes mixed with tree leaves by unscrupulous vendors and smugglers, Austen could be sure of buying unadulterated leaves at Twinings. " Teatime magazine.