The four plaques

In the summer of 2014, two Tea enthusiasts visited the City of London to look at the "Tea Trail" as outlined in Edward Bramah's book.

They were surprised and disheartened to find that there was no public record or evidence that The Tea Trade had been actively involved in the City for over 350 years.

They set about trying to rectify this situation and looked at the possibility of having bronze plaques placed in strategic areas, such as St Katherine's Dock and Plantation Place (Originally Plantation House), where the Tea Auctions had taken place for many years as well as a third plaque, possibly in the area around Sir John Lyon House where the Auctions moved to in 1971 until 2000.

A number of individuals were contacted, and a ‘cross-party' committee, with representatives from the UK Tea Trade and its related associations, has been set-up to assess whether there is the support from within the Tea Trade itself to finance this project.

The first meeting was held at Mercers Hall on 15th January. It was immediately apparent that this was not a straight-forward undertaking and at that meeting The London Tea History Association was formed.

A great deal of work has been done already and negotiations are underway, as to where these plaques might be sighted and the time scale, which looks as if they could be in place by the end of 2015.