The history of tea in East London
Once the home of the world’s largest tea ports, East London was the epicenter of the tea trade for centuries. In the 1700s, East London was the busiest port in the world for tea imports. Ships from India, China and Japan would bring vast cargoes of tea to London, and the East End was where the majority of it was unloaded and distributed. The East London tea culture soon became a focal point of the area.