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Twinings Flagship Store 216 Strand

The oldest tea shop in London. Welcome to our 300 year old historical flagship store. Shop favourite Twinings blends, gifts and premium teas from around the world, sample new flavours at our state of the art Loose Tea Bar and sign up for a Masterclass with one of our expert Tea Ambassadors.

216 Strand Christmas Opening Hours

December 24th - 11 - 18
December 25th - CLOSED
December 26th - CLOSED
December 27th - 11 - 18
December 28th - 11 - 18
December 29th - 11 - 17
December 30th - 11 - 17
December 31st - 11 - 18
January 1st - 11 - 18

Events & Tea Masterclasses at 216 Strand

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Did you know that you can book a private experience at the historical Twinings shop?

Book a place or find out more information by calling our Brand Ambassadors on 0207 353 3511.
 

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About 216 Strand

Our historical shop at 216 Strand is a must visit place when you are in London.

Located in the heart of the capital directly opposite the Court of Justice, Londoners as well as tea fans from all over the world have been coming to our beautiful store for more than 300 years to shop their favourite Twinings teas, coffees and gifts.
 

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Tea Lover's Dream

Teas from around the world

216 Strand offers everything from your favourite Twinings teas for every day to exclusive to rare loose leaf teas from around the world. Did you know that we also stock a great selection of freshly ground coffee? Our friendly and helpful staff can help you select the perfect tea for you and also advise on the best tea accessories and teaware.

The Tea Bar

Have you been to the store to see our Loose Tea Bar? The media were very excited about this new installation in the store and our customers simply love it. Taste a variety of teas with our beautiful porcelain sampling dishes. You can pick up the tea, smell it and taste it there and then. Dry tea is great but wet tea is better.

The Loose Tea Bar is open throughout the day! Just pop into the store and ask us for a try of a little something!
 

Sample their teas at the their tea bar...

Pick & Mix

Our Pick & Mix wall is a firm favourite with our customers. Fill a Twinings deluxe wooden tea box (available for 20, 40, 80 and 120 tea envelopes) with all your favourite flavours.

Excellent tea tasting, with expert advice and a huge choice! A wonderfully old shop!

Meet Natalia our store manager

“Everyone has their favourite tea so people often shop for it on auto-pilot, because the huge range of teas can be intimidating. Here in the shop we can introduce them to new teas, educate them about a specific tea and change people’s perception about it.”

“Tasting the tea is a crucial part of this, which is why we always have between 4 and 5 different types of teas on the go at the bar and one of us is always on hand to brew, pour, explain and chat about tea!”
  

MEET THE 216 STRAND TEAM

Twinings Masterclass

Our team of tea ambassadors are super passionate about tea and love to share their enthusiasm and expert knowledge with you. The masterclasses last 2 hours. You are going to try six different teas and find out more about the types of tea, their origin, the tea culture in Britain and much more.

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Book Your Tea Masterclass Today

The classes run from Monday - Friday, 10am - noon, and we can accommodate between 2 - 6 participants.

Cost for the class including the tasting and all materials is £30 per person.

Call us today on 0207 353 3511 to book your place or to discuss a bespoke package tailored to your needs.
 

Find out more and book today

Store Opening Hours:

Monday – Friday 9.30 - 19.00
Saturday 10.30 - 17.30
Sunday 11.00 - 17.00

How to Find Us:
We are located exactly opposite the Royal Courts of Justice.

Tube: Our nearest tube Temple (District and Circle lines) is a short 2-minute walk away. Simply walk straight up the road to Strand from the tube station, turn right and you'll find us in about 200 yards. Or get the tube to Charing Cross and have a nice wander down the road. 

Bus: The following public busses stop directly opposite the store at the Royal Court of Justice: 4, 11, 15, 23, 26, 76, 172, 341.
Big Bus Tour: bus stop #15 (Covent Garden, blue, red and green line); Original Tour: bus stop Aldwych OT (yellow and red lines)

Address:
R. Twinings and Co Limited & The Twinings Museum
216 Strand
London WC2R 1AP

Telephone:
Store: +44 207 353 3511
Twinings Customer Services: +44 1264 313444

If you're a tea lover, go for it!

History of 216 Strand

Thomas Twining bought Tom's Coffee House on London's Strand in 1706 and from that day forward the Twinings name has been famous for selling some of the best teas in the world. The Strand is a place full of rich heritage and beautiful tea and definitely not one to miss.

Famous visitors to the Twinings teashop include the artist Hogarth, who racked up such a huge tea bill that he offered to paint a portrait of Richard Twining in lieu of payment – a copy of which you can see hanging in the shop. Another regular was the prime minister, Earl Grey (for whom the tea was invented, on those very premises) and even literary heroine Jane Austen. The coffee houses of London were male only, but Twinings opened up the teashop to both men and women. So in its own way Twinings was part of the women’s rights movement.

The location of the shop was perfect as it straddled the border between Westminster and the City of London, an area that was newly populated with the finest of London’s aristocracy as a result of the Great Fire of London.

By this time Coffee houses were a popular feature of London life. Men - but never women - of all classes would gather there to drink, gossip and to do business. Coffee shops gathered a loyal clientele by specialising in particular products or by encouraging customers with common interests.

Poets for instance would go to one establishment, army officers to another.

Competition between coffee houses was stiff. Fresh ideas and unusual promotional twists were what kept the business alive.

The difference at Tom's was tea. Despite efforts to repress tea-drinking through the stupidly high taxes, tea became increasingly fashionable during the early part of the 18th Century, especially among the upper classes, and they flocked in their masses to buy tea from Tom's Coffee House. In fact, soon he was selling more dry tea than wet at what we think was probably the world's first dry tea and coffee shop. If you'd like to find out even more, then take a look at The History of Twinings.

Did you know that Twinings has got the oldest commercial logo in the UK that has been in continuous use since it was made?

Tea Exhibition

Twinings is all about amazing flavours and premium quality and we are excited to be at forefront of the 21st century tea revolution. At the same time we are proud of our heritage. Catch a glimpse of more than 300 years of tea history whilst you are browsing the store.

The Twinings Museum comprises fact several glass cabinets of curiosities filled with Twinings historic memorabilia, like the original first Royal warrant signed by Queen Victoria nearly 200 years ago.

Calling All Loose Tea Lovers

Shop All Loose Teas

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Traditional English

£7.50 each

A classic tasting blend of the finest Assam black teas.

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Lapsang Souchong

£9.00 each

Loose leaf black tea.

For devotees! Strong and smokey with campfire and tobacco notes and a bright orange-red colour.

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Signature Earl Grey

£10.50 each

Aromatic, bergamot flavoured black tea with lavender.

Included in our fabulous exhibition are the original copy of our Royal Warrant (granted by Queen Victoria in 1837), a selection of iconic Twinings tea caddies (curated by Stephen Twinings, our most passionate tea ambassador at the Twinings HQ) and historic packaging as well as original paintings of the Twinings founders

Great place for a British souvenir

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