The Origin of the Paisley Pattern

The Origin of the Paisley Pattern

Jul 15 , 2022

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Imports from The East India Company via the ‘silk routes’ brought a new textile pattern to Europe from the 18th century and following the arrival o...

The London Chocolate Houses

The London Chocolate Houses

Jun 20 , 2022

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Cocoa was drunk as a beverage over 2000 years ago by the Mayans, who, like the later Aztecs, used cocoa on special occasions to reward brave warrio...

Leadenhall:  From East India to Lloyds of London

Leadenhall: From East India to Lloyds of London

Jun 08 , 2022

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In the early days, The East India Co. lodged around London, but something more grand was soon appropriate. Craven House on Leadenhall Street was bo...

James Taylor, the Father of Ceylon Tea

James Taylor, the Father of Ceylon Tea

Jun 08 , 2022

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James Taylor was a 17-year Scott when he left London in 1851, landing in Ceylon, now Sri Lanka, and sent to work on a coffee estate near Kandy. Cof...

St Helena and Napolean’s Coffee

St Helena and Napolean’s Coffee

Jun 08 , 2022

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Far out in the South Atlantic, 1700 miles north-east of Cape Town, lies the tiny Island of St Helena. Discovered by the Portuguese, it was a perfec...

Tea Sold “by the Candle"

Tea Sold “by the Candle"

Jun 08 , 2022

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The Romans and Chinese were making candles more than two millennia ago – candles have come a long way from being just sources of light made from an...

Darjeeling Tea - How it all started

Darjeeling Tea - How it all started

Jun 08 , 2022

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The British needed tea from an alternative source to China. They achieved this, to Darjeeling's benefit, thanks to 2 officers of The East India Com...

The Story of Bombay Chai

The Story of Bombay Chai

Apr 10 , 2022

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The story begins with Charles II, who in 1662 licensed the transfer of Bombay from the Portuguese to The East India Company. Under the leadership o...