TAKING AFTERNOON TEA

Museum of London

150 London Wall, EC2Y 5HN, London

The Museum of London captures the history of London from pre-Roman era to the modern day.

Among the displays is a Lyons Corner House window display. This window was part of the shop front of the Lyons Corner House restaurant in Coventry Street.

Lyons Corner Houses were a popular chain of London restaurants serving refreshments, including afternoon tea.

DID YOU KNOW?

Lyons was a popular restaurant and hotel chain and food manufacturers, established in 1884.

In 1894, it opened the Lyons Tea Shop in Piccadilly Circus, and, from 1909, expanded into a chain of teashops.

Corner Houses were large restaurants on four or five floors. Each floor had its own restaurant, with live music playing throughout.

At their peak, Lyons had 250 branches in London and the business employed over 30,000 staff.

From the 1930s, Lyons began developing a range of teas, biscuits and cakes that were sold in grocery stores across the world. Its products sold in almost every store in Britain, taking tea to the masses.

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