A Nice Cup of Tea: A Potted History of Tea With Sandy Leong

Date: Thu 25 Feb 2021.

This is the first in a series of talks from Sandy related to our everyday commodities and their fascinating histories.  

The British answer to any problem or crisis (and certainly for me!) is often a cup of tea. If you have had a shock or an upset someone will make you a nice cup of tea. But how did the British love affair with tea start? It is a fascinating tale of adventure, taxes, criminality, temperance, rationing and a morale booster in World War I and II; and of a Duchess who established the ritual of afternoon tea.   

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