There has been a Twinings tea shop on The Strand since 1706 when Thomas Twining bought Tom's coffee shop. At that time London was full of coffee shops as they were the meeting places for business transactions. There was a lot of competition between the coffee houses but Tom's was different as it also sold tea.
Tea was an expensive commodity as it was highly taxed but it became very fashionable during the 18th Cent among the upper classes.
The shop is very narrow with shelves on either side displaying all the different teas. Above the shelves are portraits of the Twinings family who have been involved in the business since 1706.
At the back is a small museum displaying tea pots and caddies as well as information about the Twining family. Although Twinings is now owned by an American company there is still a descendant from Thomas Twining on the board of directors.