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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: £42.50 per person on scheduled tour dates. The price includes the guided tour, donation to the museum, printed tour notes, and our 'tea party' in the Gamble Room when we finish. The tour and tea lasts approximately two and a half hours. 

Scheduled tour dates: You can view available dates by clicking on the blue Book Online button below. Group sizes are limited to a maximum of EIGHT.

Gift Vouchers: are available for this tour. just click on the blue Book Online button below. You will find the Gift Voucher option at the head of the list of dates.

To redeem a prepaid  History of Tea Tour Voucher please click onto this LINK

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

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