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9 August 2010

Admire the Tea Building

The Tea Building, on the corner of Bethnal Green Road and Shoreditch High Street in Shoreditch, is home to a restaurant, some galleries, offices for 'creative' types, and even a hotel, but your author didn't know much about it until he stumbled across a fascinating article by Ann Robey in the latest Hackney Society Newsletter, and felt like it was worth sharing.

The building was apparently designed by New Zealand born architect Hal Williams, and built in two stages between 1931 and 1933 as a bacon factory for Lipton and Allied Foods. It wasn't until the late 1930s that it also started to be used for processing and packing tea.

For more on the Tea building, see http://www.teabuilding.co.uk/

^Picture by jonny2love^


  1. Rather striking building.

  2. The interior still shows a bit of heavy-duty industrial design, doesn't it. Quite appropriate for an early 1930s ?Deco ?Bauhaus building where form was always to follow function.

    I am so glad they changed the name from Bacon Building to Tea Building :)

  3. Agreed. It is striking, and even more so than the 'Bacon Building' would be!