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What time is it? It’s time for tea, of course. In London, there’s always occasion for a hot cuppa or two, and there’s always a great place to get it. Equal parts museum and tea salon, the august showroom of Twinings Tea Shop is perfect for a gourmet day date, so grab your honey and go enjoy an afternoon pick-me-up together. As you enter this cozy shop, look up and spy the door’s distinctive ornaments. Framed between two statues of tea traders clad in colorful cheongsans is one of Twinings’ most important distinctions—a royal warrant of appointment ordered by Queen Elizabeth II. Not much has changed since 1706 when this edict first went up, with shelves filled with jars of different kinds of teas that give the room a delightful fragrance. Browse together or split off in the narrow galley-style hall of Twinings’ shelves and bulk boxes, taking a sampling of pick-and-mix teas, or snagging your sweetie’s favorite from discretely labeled chests secured with metal scoops. Head straight back to the tasting counter and pull up a chair alongside your partner, comparing notes on the fruitiness of the rooibos and the stately subtlety of the shop’s ever-famous earl grey. When you’ve paid for your humble box or graceful glass jar, hurry home through the brisk London air to brew up a batch that’s guaranteed to be you and your darling’s cup of tea.

Twinings Tea Shop

216 Strand WC2R 1AP

44 20 7353 3511

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