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Wednesday, September 16, 2009

London's Cabbie Tea Huts

One of my favorite Uniquely Tea things in London are Cabman's Shelters.

Near Russell Square

Built in Victorian England, these shelters were located on public highways and therefore not allowed to be any larger than a horse and cart. Today, as way back then, they serve as places for London cabbies to grab a quick cup of tea and a bite to eat, and to have a bit of a chinwag.

Thirteen of these little gems still exist in London and no matter how many times I visit there, I still squeal with delight when I see one! Tall & Handsome and I once stopped there for a cuppa. Talk about builder's tea!!!

You can read more about Cabman's Shelters here.

Cabbie Tea mug

This 3/4-pint tea mug would have been used by a cab driver 'taking a break' in a Cabman's Shelter. Cabbies bought their own mugs, which were kept for them at the shelter and looked after by the 'shelter boys'. [Museum of London]

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