TEA THROUGH TIME

National Portrait Gallery - Room 20

St Martin's Place WC2H 0HE, London

In Room 20, you'll find a portrait of the 2nd Earl Grey, who was Prime Minister of the United Kingdom between 1830-1834. Earl Grey tea - a blend of black tea with distinctive, sweet, bergamot flavouring - is assumed to be named in his honour.

DID YOU KNOW?

As Prime Minister, Earl Grey is most famous for passing the Reform Act of 1832 which led to the abolition of slavery in 1833.

The British market for sugar to sweeten tea had helped fuel the sugar-producing slave trade. Perhaps this explains why the sweet Earl Grey tea was named after the Prime Minister. By making a sweet tea, the need for slave-trade fuelled sugar would be lessened, an appropriate legacy.

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