Something Brewing, Or A Storm In A Teacup?

By Londonist Last edited 113 months ago
Something Brewing, Or A Storm In A Teacup?

Has the Bramah Museum of Tea & Coffee, of 40 Southwark Street, closed for good? The website insists that the museum is only closed for 'refurbishment' until early 2009, but To Let signs were quite clearly visible adorning the exterior of the building when Londonist went looking for a decent cuppa and a history lesson on Tuesday afternoon (whilst attempting to avoid being run over by the Prime Minister of New Zealand's Police motorcycle escort).

It was the world's first museum completely devoted to the history of tea and coffee, and covered some 400 years of commercial and social history relating to the two fine beverages.

The diminutive museum appears to have been closed since January, when its founder, Mr Edward Bramah, died at his home in Dorset. No representatives of the museum have so far been contactable for comment.

We are very sad to see it go and hope against hope that the museum will in fact re-open some time next year; or else we must all mourn the unfortunate demise of yet another of London's few entries in Bollocks to Alton Towers.

By Matt Kaufman

Last Updated 27 November 2008


Are you sure you walked past it last Tuesday?
The Leyland painter and decorator supply shop has occupied the site of the Bramah Tea Museum for well over 3 months now - it's not a temporary setup by the looks of it, so I doubt the museum will be back. May have something to do with the death of the original founder of the museum (Edward Bramah) last February.

While I'll miss it, it wasn't exactly heaving with visitors, as most tourists walk along bankside...


I passed up my chances to visit, as I only ever heard that it was a disappointment and a bit of a tourist trap. I feel I may have been misled.


In fact I'd say the closure of Shipps Tea Room, round the corner on Park St is far sadder - a wonderfully nostalgic and independent nod to the English tearoom, closed due to petty politics amongst Borough Market trustees who seem to be allowing more chains (Neal Yard Remedies, Paul Smith) to creep into the place.

It'll all be stuffed when railtrack ruin the atmosphere next year anyway