Twinings equals great tea. Thomas Twining, its founder, was fascinated by the possibilities offered by it. So, he opened Britain’s first known tea room at No. 216 Strand, London, in 1706, and began fast building a reputation for selling only the finest teas. His tea shop still operates today. Thomas‘ grandson Richard had good connections in politics and made it happen that in 1784 The Commutation Act lowered taxes on tea and made it affordable to all. This marked the beginning of tea-drinking as part of everyday life and in that fact the tea revolution. In 1837, Queen Victoria granted Twinings its first Royal Warrant for tea – she appointed Twinings as supplier of teas to her household. Twinings has had the honour of supplying every successive British Monarch to date.