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Horniman at Hays

Unit 26, Hays Galleria, London Bridge SE1 2HD, London

In the 19th century and early 20th century, this vast building - now home to bars, restaurants, shops and offices - was the site of the warehouses of the Horniman Tea Company, one of the largest tea companies in Victorian England.

Founded in 1826, the company was run for many years by Frederick Horniman, an avid collector, traveller and philanthropist who founded the Horniman Museum and Gardens in south London.

Inside the Horniman at Hays pub, friezes depict Frederick Horniman's travels to India, Africa and the Americas.

DID YOU KNOW?

Hay's Wharf, founded here in 1651 by merchant Alexander Hay, was the largest and oldest wharf in the Port of London.

The port's warehouses were built in 1857 and were used for unloading tea and other provisions for the London trade. At its peak, 80% of the dry produce imported to London passed through the wharf - which along with other goods, gained the wharf the nickname the 'Larder of London'.

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