2nd plaque at The Tea Building

What is the Tea Building?

Owned by Derwent Properties

The Tea Building is a Shoreditch landmark and a hive of creative activity. It was originally built as a bacon factory for Allied Foods' Lipton brand in the early 1930s, and is full of original features that make it a unique place to work.

It's owned by Derwent London and is home to a busy community of marketing agencies, media companies, fashion brands, retailers, artists and designers, as well as the Pizza East restaurant, and the Shoreditch House private members club across the top two floors.

1930s-1950s

The Tea Building is an imposing eight-storey building that still dominates the junction of Shoreditch High Street and Bethnal Green Road.

It was initially built as a bacon factory for the Lipton brand. It's joined internally to the Biscuit Building next door, a slightly older but equally impressive warehouse which was principally used as a tea packing warehouse for most of its life.

In the Second World War an air raid shelter was added to the building, but despite the Luftwaffe's best efforts, Tea survived the blitz with little damage.

In 1947 part of the sixth floor was converted into a self-service staff canteen catering for over 500 staff and a passenger lift was added in 1950.

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