Enjoy a very special brew at Valentines Mansion

PUBLISHED: 14:59 09 July 2016 | UPDATED: 12:38 11 July 2016

Art of Tea (Credit: Stuart Duff)

Art of Tea (Credit: Stuart Duff)


Whether you add milk, sugar or something more exotic, the British fondness for tea has never been a secret.

At Valentines Mansion, Emerson Road, Ilford, residents can look indulge their passion for the hot drink in a number of ways.

An exhibition, which is running until July 30, called the ‘Art of Tea’ shows off an exclusive collection of antique teaware, which is privately owned by a passionate tea lover.

Still life photographer Stuart Duff spent several months photographing his collection, but says he only managed to capture a small amount.

He said: “It’s an absolutely amazing collection.

“It’s owned by a multi billionaire and some of the items are worth a huge amount.

“I took 1,250 pictures for the exhibition and we’re only showing 13, it was a difficult choice to narrow down.

“Only two of the final photographs are of British teaware, this exhibitition really shows the passion for it around the world!”

One of the previous owners of the mansion, Sir Charles Raymond, worked for the East India Trading Company, whose ships transported the tea from China to the UK.

Now, the mansion are celebrating the link by creating a special Valentines blend of tea, which is infused with flowers from the gardens.

The Valentines Afternoon Tea is a blend of specially selected assam tea with delicate cornflowers, and the Chinese green tea, similar to the tea that would have been brought back by Sir Raymond.

On July 24, a special tea masterclass will be running, where residents can learn the differences between their Long Jings and Darjeelings.

Tickets cost £25 and can be purchased here.

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