Tea  in Eighteenth-Century Britain is a collaborative research project that draws on the work of researchers in the School of English and Drama at Queen Mary University of London. We became interested in tea and its history through our research into British literature and culture of the eighteenth century. We have an ongoing programme of research and publication (see Publications), and we are interested in all aspects of the British experience of tea throughout the long eighteenth century.

The Tea-Table (London: Sold by Jn.o Bowles Print and Map Seller at no. 13 in Cornhill, [1720])
Our major project to date has been a cultural history of tea in Britain and the tea-trade with China. Empire of Tea was published by Reaktion Books in 2015. This complements our four-volume Tea and the Tea-Table in Eighteenth-Century England (Pickering and Chatto, 2010), an edited collection of valuable source material for the topic.


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  1. I am looking for a treatise/essay (kind of) on tea written by John Hill arround 1775. Do you know were can i find it? Just to read it. Thank you very much in advance. Carlos Riaño

    • John Hill doesn’t seem to have written a separate tract on tea (not in 1775, nor at any other time): there’s nothing listed like that on the ESTC. He does discuss tea in his Exotic Botany Illustrated (London, 1759), pp. 21-22. There are copies in the British Library, Kew, and the Natural History Museum, and at Yale and the New York Botanical Garden, amongst other places.

      • Thank you Mark. I will try to look at it. I´m trying to confirm if, as is stated in some sources, John Hill had something to do in relation with the change of the tea name in Linneus works.

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