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Did you know that the oldest rate payer in London is Twinings Tea? Their shop at 216 the Strand has been in continuous use since 1717. The connection goes back a few years more: the shop’s founder, Thomas Twining, bought out a coffee house in 1706 at the rear of the site.

Did you know that the world’s oldest company logo in continuous use is displayed above the door of Twinings Shop on the Strand? The doorway with its golden lion and Chinese figures was erected by Thomas’s grandson Richard Twining in 1787.

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