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Tea Masterclass With Twinings - A Tea Tasting Experience

Discover the unique Twinings tea tasting experience with our Tea Masterclasses at 216 Strand in the heart of London.

Afternoon Tea Experiences

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

  

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For decades Afternoon Tea has been all about the elegant surroundings, the delicate crockeries and the delicious food. But what about the tea?

Tea has been relegated as a side-lined supporting character, sometimes almost forgotten and often over brewed.

Here at Twinings’ historical store, we want to bring the focus back on the Tea.

To do so we have created a different Tea Experience, where our customers won’t simply enjoy delicious food with a decent cup of tea. We will to take them on a sensorial journey, from the welcoming cocktail, to the last food pairing.

All while we walk them throughout centuries of Twinings and Afternoon Tea history, showing them where the tea they are drinking comes from and how it is made, and why we paired it with that specific food, based on the art of food pairing with tea.

At the Strand we want to make the quintessential British experience of Afternoon Tea as memorable as possible for all of our customers.

Are you looking for something even more special? Look out for the themed dates of the Afternoon Tea Experience!


2018 DATES

June
Afternoon Tea Experience for National Cream Tea Day - Friday, 29th and Saturday, 30th (FULLY BOOKED) - 5pm to 7pm
£40 per person

July
Afternoon Tea Experience - Saturday, 14th and Sunday, 15th - 5pm to 7pm
£40 per person

August
Afternoon Tea Week - Saturday, 18th and Sunday, 19th - 5pm to 7pm
£40 per person

September
Afternoon Tea Experience - Saturday, 15th and Sunday, 16th - 5pm to 7pm
£40 per person

October
Afternoon Tea Experience for Halloween - Wednesday, 31st - 5pm to 7pm
£40 per person

October
Afternoon Tea Experience - Saturday, 20th and Sunday, 21st - 5pm to 7pm
£40 per person

November
Afternoon Tea Experience for Women in Tea - Saturday, 24th and Sunday, 25th - 5pm to 7pm
£40 per person

Tea Masterclass Classic Gift Voucher

A unique Twinings tea tasting experience at our flagship store 216 Strand in the heart of London. The perfect 'ready to gift' present for tea lovers and foodies alike.
 

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Terms and conditions apply as follows.

The voucher entitles you to attend a Tea Masterclass Classic at our London Flagship Store at 216 Strand, WC2R 1AP.
Maximum one person per voucher. Limited availability – please call +44 (0)207 353 3511 to confirm availability and reserve your place. Original voucher gift card must be handed over before the class starts. Photocopies of this voucher will not be accepted.
Voucher valid for 1 year from date of purchase. The expiry date will be stated on the voucher. Cannot be exchanged for cash. Please note that teas sampled during the masterclass contain caffeine.

 

BOOK A PRIVATE MASTERCLASS

The masterclasses run daily, mornings and afternoons and you can also book special after hours classes. They can be booked by calling our Brand Ambassadors at 0207 3533 511. A great experience and very good value for money.

Classic Masterclass:

  • Mon-Fri morning session £30pp
  • Mon-Fri private morning session, minimum 2 people £60pp
  • Mon-Fri afternoon session 6PM to 8PM, minimum 6 people £50pp
  • Saturday afternoon session 4PM to 6PM, minimum 6 people £50pp
  • Sunday afternoon session 5PM to 7PM, minimum 6 people £50pp

BOOK YOUR MASTERCLASS TODAY - CALL 0207 353 3511 (select option 3)

Twinings Bespoke Blending Tea Experience:

£150 per session, up to 6 people at a time
One bespoke blend at the end, priced separately, minimum purchase 1kg

Having a Twinings bespoke tea blend exclusively made for you, is without a doubt the ultimate British indulgence. Our team of Tea Experts at our historical store on the Strand are ready to put their expertise in your hands, to help you create the Tea Blend of your dreams. Perfect for special events, wedding favours, unique moments, or simply a wonderful way to treat yourself.

“We recently got married and being slightly tea crazed, our wedding had a distinct tea flavour; tables were named after our favourites tea, one of the readings was the poem “You’re my cup of tea”. So we wanted to make our wedding favours something special and so we spoke to the lovely team on the Strand. We had a tea blending session a few days before the wedding and the wonderful Marta walked us through a lovely afternoon of tea blending. After hundreds of different sips of tea later we hit upon our wedding blend. All our guests got to take a little taste of joy to take home. Can’t express how marvellous you guys were and how happy we are that we got to make something so fantastic to make our day super special. We are still drinking our Wedding blend and every time we do, it’s like a little cup of happiness.”
- Amy Lee

Group Bookings and after hours events: price upon request
Call our Brand Ambassadors on 0207 353 3511 to find out more.

Group After Hour Booking at Twinings Historical Flagship Store

Visit the Twinings historical flagship store and London’s oldest Tea Shop, enjoy a private tour of the original premises where Thomas Twinings started the company and taste Twinings signature blends, freshly brewed for your group.

Enjoy a unique Group After Hour Shopping Experience, with our specialised Brand Ambassadors at hand to help you select the best teas and gift to bring back home with you.

Included in the price: Welcoming Tea Cocktail, private tour of the heritage site and tea exhibit, signature teas tasting and 10% discount on all items.

For a minimum of 15 people, £50 per person
Available to book every day, 6pm to 8pm. Subject to availability.

For bookings and availability, contact the Twinings Brand Ambassadors at 216, Strand: +44 (0)207 353 3511 or strand@twinings.com

Corporate Events at Twinings 216 Strand

Twinings exclusive Corporate Tea Events are unique private events, hosted and managed by our knowledgeable Twinings Brand Ambassadors at our historical store at 216 Strand, or the location of your choice.

Whether you are looking for a corporate networking event, a client appreciation evening or team building evening, we offer bespoke experiences to suit all needs and desires.

Our Twinings at the Strand Senior Brand Ambassadors can accommodate all requirements, and will work with you in creating the perfect Twinings Tea Event that you will never forget.

Details and prices upon request.

For more information, contact the Twinings Brand Ambassadors at 216, Strand: strand.events@twinings.com or +44 (0)207 353 3511

A Tasting Experience

Being an avid tea lover, I was looking forward to experience a Twinings masterclass in tea tasting and making at their historic shop on the Strand in London. I’m a tour guide in the cities of Rome and London and always looking to lift the bonnet of a city, and try out new sights and sounds and experiences to recommend to friends and tourists.

I thought it would be an interesting and tasty way to spend a morning. I was not prepared to have my mind blown. This was one of the most energetically paced, fascinating and fun experiences I have done in London, and I would recommend anyone to give this a go.

The masterclass covered so much more than I had thought possible, I was enthralled, sometimes even moved to tears and often to laughter. About tea! It was also delicious and fun to taste a huge variety of teas; the whole experience was so incredibly engaging that when the presentation and tasting came to an end, we stood up and gave the amazing Marta a standing ovation.

The Twinings Shop

The master classes take place in Twinings’ amazingly evocative historic shop on the Strand, just opposite the Royal Courts of Justice.

The shop is just over 300 years old, its door way is listed as a monument and Twinings has the oldest logo of any brand in Great Britain. Yet the interior combines this incredible heritage with a contemporary feel, too. As you enter the shop it feels like stepping back in time; it’s a long, narrow corridor lined with dark wooden shelves arrayed with teas – everyday teas that you’ll recognize and, as you’d expect a huge variety of more exotic loose leaf teas. You’ll find glass jars filled with tea leaves, that evoke the memory of an olde worlde sweet shop – visitors are encouraged to lift the lids and give the teas a good sniff!

Popping into the shop can be a mini-masterclass in its own right.

The Twinings Tea bar

Towards the back of the shop you’ll find the tea bar, built in neat contemporary lines, complete with bar stools, and where there are always a few different teas on the go ready for tasting.

The Twinings brand ambassadors are all incredibly knowledgeable and friendly and you’ll be made to feel right at home. They’ve created a wonderfully sociable atmosphere – and they are only too glad to share their passion for tea. The shop is often bustling with Londoners and tourists alike.

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Who can take the masterclass?

According to the store manager Natalia, tea masterclasses are popular with all sorts of people from an office day out, to a group of friends or London visitors. She also mentioned some of the more unusual master classes that had been booked – a family had booked one for their tea-obsessed son’s 16th birthday, another family had booked one for their tea-loving little girl who was about to go in for surgery and one had even been booked for a stag do last year.  

The “normal” daily masterclasses are for up to six people, but the Strand team have catered for up to 20 people out of hours, and can really pull out the stops for VIP events, with welcome tea cocktails and food pairing – especially great for a themed master class like Chinese New Year celebrations.

The Masterclass

Having chatted to Natalia, I was excited about starting the masterclass with Marta, an Italian who has eschewed coffee for her preference for tea. Marta’s enthusiasm and engaging storytelling had us enthralled from the get go. The masterclass was incredibly interactive as well as hugely informative covering the 5000-year history of tea, and how Twinings came to shape the world of global tea trading. It was Twinings that helped to bring an end to the skullduggery of tea smuggling and piracy on the seven seas. The tax on tea used to be a whopping 118% which meant tea was incredibly expensive and inevitably led to a black market, in which smuggled teas were often tampered with toxic substances including rat poo. Richard Twining persuaded the government to lower the tea taxation to 12.5%. I hadn’t expected the stories of tea to be so swashbuckling.

Did you know that the Americans were tea drinkers before the English, because of the Dutch tea trading companies being the first on scene. But, and without giving too much more away, I was hastily assured that Twinings had nothing to do with the Boston Tea Party. I also learned the reason why it is only the English who put milk in their tea, but I don’t want to give all Marta’s secrets away.

At each class there are six different teas to try ranging in colour, appearance, flavour and the growing and harvesting processes. My favourite was a tea called “Darjeeling Castleton Moonlight Oolong” whose tips are picked under the light of the moon, on the Castleton estate in the Darjeeling province of Northern India… so romantic. You begin with white tea and follow the spectrum along to yellow, green, oolong, black and aged vintage tea.

It was fascinating to hear about the epic journey of tea, from plantation to cup; as well as the different tea growing regions around the globe – China, Kenya, India, Sri Lanka and Indonesia. There was a screen of moving photos behind Marta, which she’d regularly point to, and filled me with a longing to go and see these amazing foreign lands for myself. I discovered a huge amount about Twinings Source With Care programme and investment in local communities to ensure that workers’ conditions are not only fair wages, but they have clean water and access to education too. Before sourcing their tea, Twinings will often work with the community for a few years to ensure their standards are met, before picking the tea, which really impressed me.

I loved hearing about the Twinings master tasters and blenders and discovering just how much time and effort goes into creating each cup of tea. The tasters make many sacrifices for their craft. They eat a bland diet, don’t drink or smoke in order to keep their taste buds at top performance levels, and taste countless cups per week.  

Seeing, Sniffing & Slurping

Marta expertly blended her storytelling with tea tasting and taught us how to examine the different teas. Introducing questions like “Has your tea gone through the “cut, tea, curl” process or the orthodox process? What is the difference between black and oolong tea?

Once the tea is brewed she took us on the tasting journey: First you have a look for the oils on top of the water (a good tea should release the essential oils of the tea leaves) then sniff the tea and finally an introduction to the art of slurping.

The Finale

To round off this two-hour immersive masterclass, Marta’s conclusion resembled a rousing speech. Her passion shone through her crescendo as she declared fervently “so you see tea is so much more than a tea bag… global trade and business was built on tea, nations would rise and fall on it.”

Wow! I couldn’t recommend this Twinings Masterclass more highly. A tea tasting experience suited to young and old, friends and families, office parties and corporate functions, this is such a fun, informative and interactive way to spend two hours.

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