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Discover the enchanting world of tea through the ages with our guided tea tour of the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. This tour is perfect for those who want to explore the history of British tea drinking from its origins in China to the height of its popularity in Georgian Britain, where it touched the English interior and forever shaped British culture.

The tour starts in the Chinese Gallery on the ground floor where we explore the origins of tea drinking in ancient China, the beginnings of the tea preparation ceremony and tea etiquette, and the wonderful history of tea paraphernalia. You will have the chance to hear the stories behind today’s customs and traditions, and marvel at the beautiful selection of teapots on display. 

The British Galleries provide the next rich seam of information. We see how Chinoiserie has influenced British interior design and learn about tea drinking in a social context. There is an opportunity to actually compare both Chinese porcelain and products of the European ceramics industry and also to appreciate the magnificent Chinese wallpapers and the beautiful Silver Collections. As we move out of Georgian Britain, we see how tea culture begins to change in the late Victorian and early Edwardian period. The tour finishes in the Gamble Room with an informal Q&A session over a cup of tea, and to ask one of the most fascinating questions of all: Why has tea become such a significant part of British life as opposed to other European countries that were also importing tea at the same time? 

Please note that due to ongoing work at the Victoria and Albert Museum, the tour journey may be amended slightly to include any new galleries or work around any closed galleries.

Cost: Minimum fee for the tour is £180 for up to six people. The price includes the guided tour, donation to the museum, printed tour notes, and a cup of tea  in the Gamble Room when we finish. The tour and tea lasts approximately two and a half hours. 

These private tours can be booked at any time. Please contact me here to book a private tour.  

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