Tag: London

Globe-trotting, Tea and Travel

The Tea Thief Slept Here: A Visit to Chelsea Physic Garden, Parts I, II and III

 Part I: The Garden   “I do not know anything half so refreshing on a hot summer’s day as a cup of tea; I mean pure and genuine as the Chinese drink it, without sugar and milk, It is far better and much more refreshing than either wine or beer.” Ch VII, pg 116, A journey to the Tea Countries of China, Robt. Fortune, 1858 London was hot in August – not as oppressively hot as my August trip to […]

Globe-trotting, Tea and Travel

Walk On By

I’ve just returned from Europe and on every street, signs beckoned me to tea as I walked past on my way to meet up with relatives or friends or visit a sight. The weather was beautiful (only 2 days of rain in 3 weeks) and there was so much to see.  I purposefully avoided a busman’s holiday and walked on by. Most European and UK bistros, tea rooms, salons de thé still serve teabag tea and scones (UK) or cakes, […]

Style and Design

Tea in a Tiny Hotel

Guest post by Gerald Robinson It’s a very tiny hotel, just 3 inches high, and could hold about 4 oz. of loose tea; –  a reproduction of London’s Berkeley Hotel. In 1972 the Berkeley Hotel moved from Piccadilly to its present five-star location in Knightsbridge. To celebrate the twenty-first anniversary of the move, in 1993, the hotel commissioned… A Tea Caddy! It’s a rectangular tin container with detachable lid, and is decorated with an accurate reproduction of the hotel façade. […]