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The history of tea: guided tour followed by drinks

From: 8th November 2019
Time: 18:30 - 20:30
Venue: V&A museum, Cromwell Road, London, SW7 2RL
Phone: 020 7937 7799
Tariff (members): £10
Tariff (non-members): £25


Join us for a special evening tour on the history of tea at the V&A Museum, the world's leading museum of art and design. Anne Haworth, art historian and lecturer at the V&A British Museum, SOAS, Sotheby's Institute and Regents University in London, will take us on a journey beginning with the early history of tea-drinking in ancient China when tea, made from the dried leaves of the camellia sinensis shrub, was consumed by gentlemen scholars in their gardens and by Buddhist monks preparing for long hours of fasting and meditation. We will learn how it travelled to Japan and finally to Europe. This novel drink, prepared from boiling water was exotic, expensive, fashionable and required refined manners. We will conclude the tour in one of the finest rooms of the museum, where we will have the opportunity to network while having drinks and nibbles. Refreshments kindly offered by Buzzacott.