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London Travel Guide > Attractions > Museums > Bramah's Museum of Tea and Coffee

Bramah's Museum of Tea and Coffee


NOTE: The museum is now permanently closed - this page is maintained only for its archival interest.



Bramah's Museum of Tea and Coffee is one of the excellent cultural experiences available on London's blossoming south bank. The museum explores the rich history of traditional loose leaf tea in Britain, as well as roasted and ground coffee.

The museum is divided into tea and coffee sections. The tea section explores the tradions of tea in Britain over the past four centuries, its cultural significance and social impact, and displays numerous ceramic and art associated with tea.

The coffee section of the museum looks at the arrival of coffee in the UK, the differences of ground and roasted varieities, how and where coffee is grown and harvested, and how it is made and processed.

The museum was founded by Edward Bramah after decades spent in the coffee and tea industries in a variety of posts from Malawi to Kenya and Tanzania. Mr Bramah has worked as a tea taster, and helped promote Chinese tea to Britain before founding his own tea and coffee importing company in 1966. Over the intervening decades he has ammassed a wide variety of artefacts, appliances, art, and written materials associated with tea and coffee in the UK.

Special seminars on tea are available. These include a personalized tour of the museum, a discussion of the history of tea in Britain, a short video about tea production, and, of course, a full English afternoon tea!.

Bramah's Museum of Tea and Coffee
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