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The Twinings® Story – Steeped in Tradition

The Twinings story began in 1706, when Thomas Twining opened the House of Twinings in the old Tom's Coffee House on London's Strand.  By 1717, Thomas' shop evolved into London's very first exclusive tea shop, then called The Golden Lyon.  In an age where coffee shops were prevalent, Thomas worked tirelessly to bring his love of tea to the people of London. The response was overwhelmingly positive.

More than 300 years later, the vision of one man – to sell only the finest teas, herbs and infusions available – remains. We still sell tea from Thomas' original shop, but now tea drinkers in more than 115 countries around the world enjoy 200 varieties of Twinings tea.  Available in flavoured and traditional Blacks, spicy Chais, refreshing Greens, flavorful Herbals, delicate Whites and savoury Oolongs – the choices are nearly endless.

To learn more about Twinings’ origins and provenance as master tea blenders, please explore the interactive timeline below.

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