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East India Arms

67 Fenchurch Street, EC3M 4BR, London

This pub takes its name from the East India Company, which was based on nearby Leadenhall Street.

From its foundation in 1600, the East India Company was the predominant British company which traded goods with the Far East, including India, China, Indonesia and more.

DID YOU KNOW?

The East India Company is hugely important in the history of the tea trade in London, as well as exerting a great influence over British colonial policy.

Established to control trade of goods (including cotton, spices, silk and tea) between Britain and the Far East, it was the main company which imported tea to London.

It was owned by wealthy merchants and aristocrats, who, for many years, had a monopoly over trade.

Tea was initially traded with China, and in the early 19th century tea began to be grown in British colonies such as Java, India and Sri Lanka.

The company was finally dissolved in 1874.

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