East India Company
may just be one of the most beautifully decorated shops in London. As soon as you step into its flagship store on Regent Street you are immediately transported to a different place and the warmth of the shop means that you never want to leave. The mystical floating golden globe ships that grace the windows and are dotted around the room emphasise the company’s history, something that we learnt about on our visit. In 1600 the company, a group of pioneers, was granted a Royal Charter by Queen Elizabeth in order to explore the world, particularly the then-uncharted East. The sense of adventure that founded the company can be felt within the cosy store, where decoration and product intertwine seamlessly. Chocolate, coffee, teas, biscuits and more are found within leather suitcases, on top of old cargo barrels and amidst old, candid photographs of the company’s voyages. The addition of twinkling Christmas trees
, wrapped presents and shining baubles make this shop the perfect bundle of festive spirit!
East India Company is, in our eyes, amongst those such as Fortnum and Mason or Harrods in providing beautifully gifted, special treats and original stocking fillers that are sure to leave your taste buds feeling very merry this Christmas. Each tea is personally selected by the company’s Tea Master and the time between the picking of the tea leaves and the selling of the product in-store is only an incredible 28-30 days!Pro Tip:
both the Festive Black Tea and Festive White Teas will win your heart. For a dinner party we recommend the Cheddar Cheese biscuits to have with drinks, the Lime Pickle Chutney to have with the cheese course and the Cherry, Chocolate Chip and Chilli biscuits for afters.