Putting tea temptation out there

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T2 Tea - too many good things for tea lovers

 

I wrote about T2 when I got back from Australia last year, as this was one of the retailers out there that I really fell in love with. Of course, I felt a bit of a fool on discovering they already had stores in the UK, but given they were in Shoreditch and Shepherd’s Bush, then I could understand why I hadn’t stumbled across them.

But last week I did stumble across them, finding a store on Regent Street, which will mean a few detours on my trips into London. But then the website still has plenty of temptation too, to keep me going in the meantime. I mean, there’s the stunningly beautiful Moroccan Tealeidoscope Tea for one, which is just gorgeous:

 

Moroccan Tealeidoscope Tea for One for a tea lover

 

There’s a whole range of lovely things in this pattern, and a number of different colourways, which I could see definitely making beautiful gifts for a tea lover.

Fancy Flowers Black Geometric Teapot

 

If you’re looking for something a little more minimalist, then this black and white geometric floral design might do the trick. There’s a medium and mini size in this teapot so perfect depending on how big your tea drinking habit is.

 

Fitzroyaltea from T2

 

So whilst T2 might be new to many of us, back in Australia they’re celebrating 20 years in business, and this is the celebratory tea to do it with. Packed with native Aussie ingredients, Fitzroyaltea is a herbal tisane with a lot of zing to it, including hibiscus and aniseed myrtle. Worth a try, to make a change from your PG Tips habit.

 

T2 5 Rise and Shine Gift Set

 

If they need tea to get them going in the morning, then the 5 Rise and Shine Gift Pack might just be the thing for them. Five breakfast brews, from around the world, including New York Breakfast and Irish Breakfast, along with a more traditional English breakfast. Although sadly missing the Sydney Breakfast that I bought.

Definitely a lovely shop for browsing, whether you’re in London or the virtual world, perfect source for treats for tea lovers.

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Tea for 2 or more from T2

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T2 Tea - great shop to stop by for a food lover who likes great tea

 

I had to laugh at myself in Sydney, as I came across T2 Tea, which I really liked. And bought quite a few things.

Only to find that there are three stores in the UK!

 

More tea at T2 Tea - great store for tea lovers

 

It was a beautiful store, and it did make me think that perhaps this is what Whittards could have been if it had been a bit more single minded. The teas were great, and I really like their cups and teapots. I brought Sydney Breakfast tea back, as that’s where I was, but there are blends for the cities they operate in, as well as a London blend.

 

My new tumblers for tea from T2 Tea - great store to stop by for gifts for tea lovers

 

I bought some beautiful china tumblers back as well, which I haven’t tracked down on their website yet, but got waylaid by fabulous teapots. Very tempting!

 

Teapots & more from T2 Tea

 

There are three stores in the UK, all in the South East but you can order online. Definitely worth a look, I brought cubes of tea back as gifts which were well received, and I’m looking forward to making a Sydney brew this weekend.

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A little subversion at tea time

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Maybe not one to get out when your granny comes to tea, but then it depends on your granny! I rather love this teaset though, just to raise a smile at tea time, either if I am by myself or to see other people’s faces!

G N TeaOf course, if we wanted to really subvert tea time then we’d actually put gin in it!

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Time for tea, or coffee, in style

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Tea with style from London Underground

 

I love great gifts that come from places that you wouldn’t expect to find something for a foodie with taste. As part of our trip to London at the weekend we ended up browsing in the shop of the London Transport Museum. And I have to say they have some stunning stuff for the kitchen.

If you need something for a tea lover then there is a beautiful teapot and separate teacups based on a design by Andre Edouard Marty. Very pretty and 1920s style, it will bring a pretty vintage edge to afternoon tea.

 

Arthur Watts Espresso Cups

 

For something a bit more funky in colour and for the coffee drinkers, then these espresso cups are great. Based on a design by Arthur Watts, they’re a perfect size for a strong shot or two in the morning, but look interesting.

The shop also has a great selection of very stylish teatowels, covering every kind of graphics that have ever been used on the Underground. If you’ve been commuting for some time, then have a look at the apron in the 1970s moquette pattern, as this will be so very familiar to you!

There are some great museum shops now online, and they are a great source of unusual gifts, not just for foodies. The Tate shop has some great homewares stuff, perfect for the contemporary art loving foodie. As you  might expect, the Eden Project shop is great for gardening foodies as well as for their kitchen, and for living out of doors.

If they’re a geeky gadgety kind of foodie then have a look at the Science Museum Shop. There’s the aeropress coffee maker, and the power plant to make something else out of your herb growing! The Design Museum is great for those with a strong design aesthetic, so expect unusual cutelry, beautifully designed ceramics and funky textiles. And, as you’d expect, the V&A has a huge range, covering every kind of style you could ever want.

So, if you’re wondering about where to shop for something different, for a difficult to please foodie, then these are not a bad place for something a bit more unusual and unique.

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