Look up! That should be the motto when you are walking around central London.
Here's the wonderful signage above Twinings, the top class tea merchant, where the Strand turns into Fleet Street. We might now associate tea as much with India and Sri Lanka (once Ceylon), But China was where tea was born as a beverage, and it's still comfortably the world's biggest producer, with India in second place. (Turkey, Iran and Argentina are all in the top ten of growing countries - fancy that!)
Twinings have been trading here, they say, since 1706. When the Chinamen appeared, I'm not quite sure - it feels more Fu Manchu than 18th century. Anyone know?
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