“Who would not spout the family teapot in order to talk with Keats for an hour about poetry, or with Jane Austen about the art of fiction?”

It is heartening to realise that there are millions of people throughout history that were as fussy, and demanding in their tea drinking habits as I am. Not only in the past but now in the modern contemporary world of art, music, film and literature, ardent tea drinkers abound. Who would have thought Mick Jagger, Russell Crowe, Lady Gaga, Taylor Swift, Kevin Spacey, Madonna, Audrey Hepburn and Kate Moss among others would all have a common interest and passion for Tea.

“When you have nobody you can make a cup of tea for, when nobody needs you, that’s when I think life is over.”

Audrey Hepburn

Tea for you may be only about the taste, and you love the robust and strong nature of a hearty builders brew or a malty Assam or Yorkshire Gold. On the other hand perhaps a weaker tea with a refreshing slice of lemon or the fragrant scent of Earl Grey might be your thing. Whatever the reason is that you love to drink Tea; for the energy it brings, the calmness or the clarity of mind or perhaps the slimming effect of green tea. or the profusion of other health benefits. We are certainly not alone as famous actors, writers, musicians, rock stars, politicians, and poets claim Tea as their favourite beverage.


Dostoevsky, considered one of the world’s greatest writers, and George Orwell are two avid tea drinkers who were particularly fastidious about how they liked to make their Tea.


Tea is one of the mainstays of civilisation in this country

George Orwell

George Orwell was so fond of tea he wrote an essay on the proper way to drink Tea and was quite vocal in his distaste of people putting sugar in their Tea. He always drank strong black Assam tea from India. His essay was first published in the London Evening Standard on 12 January 1946- “A Nice Cup of Tea”. Dostoevsky was known to prefer to make his own Tea, believing that no one could make the perfect cup of Tea. He also drank black Tea and warmed the teapot first- a good habit.

“I say let the world go to hell, but I should always have my tea”

Fyodor Dostoevsky
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There are few scenes in Jane Austen’s, novels where characters are not referencing tea. The tea scene provides the author with an opportunity for the characters to interact over the ritual of a lavish Afternoon tea. Many a murder scene in Agatha Christie’s stories have occurred over tea, at dinner or after dinner when the ladies retire to drink tea and talk.

“Tea! Bless ordinary everyday afternoon tea!”

Agatha Christie

Similarly her character Poirot is often seen sipping on his tisane – herbal infusions. His constitution being far too fastidious to require a strong black Indian tea like George Orwell.

 Winston Churchill is quoted as saying that tea was as important to the Second World War effort as bullets and more recently David Walliams writes in his novel ‘Mr Stink’ the truth about the English

““In Britain, a cup of tea is the answer to every problem. Fallen off your bicycle? Nice cup of tea.Your house has been destroyed by a meteorite? Nice cup of tea and a biscuit.”

David Walliams

Although the Americans also love Tea, they love to mock the British for their rather one pointed view on the beverage of choice. Surprisingly, former American President Donald Trump has his own range of Teas called Trump, of course.

“The British never seem to do anything until they’ve had a cup of tea, by which time it’s too late.”

Lauren Bacall

A woman after my own heart is English Actor Helen Mirren, who, unashamedly as I do, takes her teabags with her when she travels. The American singer Lady Gaga also loves her tea and carries her own fine China Tea set everywhere she goes. In a recent interview, she said

“I love Tea so much, when I have tea, I feel like I can think clearly and give an intelligent interview. Right now, I’m waiting for my Tea….I’m like a Heroin addict!”

Lady Gaga
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“I drink just as much tea when I’m in Los Angeles as I do when I’m in London. I take my tea bags with me wherever I go.”

Helen Mirren

“I do like a proper builder’s cup of tea; a strong, straightforward brew that keeps working men going.”

Rachel Weisz
Art Deco, Teatime ladies by Claire Coxon.

Mr and Mrs James Bond, Daniel Craig and his wife Rachel Weisz are also avid tea drinkers. He is an Earl Grey man, whereas Rachel is more a hearty ‘real’ tea drinker. In contrary to the sentiment of a large proportion of the British population James Bond in the films and novels by Ian Fleming has several references to the fact that James Bond dislikes tea,

“I don’t drink tea. I hate it. It’s mud. Moreover it’s one of the main reasons for the downfall of the British Empire. Be a good girl and make me some coffee.”

James Bond in Goldfinger

Numerous other famous tea drinkers are not surprising given that tea is consumed worldwide second only to water. To end today are a few quotes from a list of famous people some who love tea and are quoted below.

“My idea of a nice break is lying in bed being brought cups of tea.”

Billy Connolly

I’m not sure how I’d survive without English Breakfast tea. Even in the Caribbean, I must drink 20 cups a day.

Richard Branson

“I got nasty habits; I take tea at three.” – Mick Jagger

Mick Jagger

“I found Yorkshire tea at Myers of Keswick on Hudson Street, NY.” Teapot and 1953 coronation cup… Aah tea.”

Russel Crowe

I frequently dream of having Tea with the Queen

Hugh Grant

I drink a bucket of white tea in the morning. I read about this tea of the Emperor of China, which is supposedly the tea of eternal youth. It’s called Silver Needle. It’s unbelievably expensive, but I get it on the Web

Antonio Banderas

“I serve black tea, which I call Froggy tea. And I have green teas and all sorts of nice teas. I’m serving tea all the time.”

Marianne Faithful

Would you care to sit with me for a cup of English Tea

Paul McCartney

I like tea and yoga, but I don’t do yoga.

Moby

Honestly, if you’re given the choice between Armageddon or tea, you don’t say ‘what kind of tea?’

Neil Gaiman

There are those who love to get dirty and fix things. They drink coffee at dawn, beer after work. And those who stay clean, just appreciate things. At breakfast they have milk and juice at night. There are those who do both, they drink tea.

Gary Snyder

Tea to the English is really a picnic indoors.

Alice Walker

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