Tea is as synonymous with Britain as high performance motor cars are with Germany. Despite this, the culture of tea drinking took many centuries to catch on in the UK, and when one delves into its history, a fascinating story emerges.

So, in an attempt to summarize two millennia of tea-based history a colleague of mine and I have put together a timeline of major events from the supposed original cuppa to the state of the British tea industry today – with not a little violence, greed, and fury thrown in for good measure.

Please take a look and let us know what you think.