Immerse yourself into the world of tea through this slow walk in and around London Bridge. There will be plenty of stories and fascinating facts about tea. But it will mainly be about slowing down and feeling. Connecting to Tea, and the magic it brought to people all over the world and Britain in particular. And not forgetting to enjoy ourselves in the process. We will have Darjeeling, one tea served by me throughout the tour and we will end at the famous Fortnum and Mason for tasting some of their teas in high tech steampunk machines and hear about their fascinating history.
On this tea walk the main focus will be on the journey of tea, or how I call it - The Leaf – where it was born, how it came to Europe, and particularly England, how its popularity changed over time, where it was consumed, stored and sold.
We will learn:
• what the relationship between ornamental Camellia and the tea bush is, and actually meet a tea bush from Darjeeling. You will have a chance to compare both on the spot!
• what is the difference between Chinese and Indian teas
• how did Englishmen steal tea from the Chinese and what are they drinking now
• why it was that coffee houses and not tea houses first appeared in England
• how did the marriage of Charles II influence tea’s popularity
• which tea rooms inspired Charles Dickens
• which tea house Margaret Thatcher worked at and as who
.... and much more!
Booking in advance is essential. This is because I need to know the numbers for the tea. If you can't find the desired date, I am also available for private and bespoke tea tours. Please send me an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
During this tour we will be spending more time at each site as the sites are situated close to each other.
Lera is a a tea expert and a professional, who in search for The Way of Tea travelled all over the world and studied with tea masters both in London and in China. She is a tea meditator and inspirator, as she calls herself. She guides historical and tasting tea tours, leads tea meditations and ceremonies, and writes about tea and its rich, deep side. On her tours you will get the whole experience, learning about all sides of tea! I have been living in London for almost 20 years now, worked in the City in finance sector. After some time I realised that it's not for me! My search took me to Indian Himalayas to study Japanese form of dance called Butoh, to Beijing to study circus arts and tea mastery, to India again to study yoga and meditation, and back to London to share what I learned and experienced with you! Full profile ⋅ Leave a Review
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