A Message from Ruth at Antiques And Teacups

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Sunday, January 18, 2015

Tuesday Cuppa Tea, Underground Anniversary, London Mug Whittard Tea

Hello and welcome to Tuesday Cuppa Tea! I am in a London mood today...so I hope you have your passports...because Tuesday Cuppa Tea to going back to my roots!

I have a tea mug instead of a teacup today, because of the anniversary of the London Underground...aka The Tube...this week....

This is a fun English bone china mug made for Whittard Teas in the London Icons pattern in a series called Royal Tea Party made by Roy Kirkham, England in 2002. I love the fun London landmarks like the Tower Of London, Buckingham Palace, the London Eye, even a Corgi!

If you have ever been in London, you'll recognize them...they really are London icons...including Queen's Guardsmen....my husband was a Coldstream Guardsman and found the guard at Buckingham Palace when he was in his 20s.

Whittard Teas has been around since 1886 and has a great main shop on the Tottenham Court Road in London. They do some great tea tins and tea collections as well as serving tea at their shop.

And the mug includes the logo for the London Underground as well!...

January 10th, is the birthday of the London Underground, affectionately known as the Tube. Last year, 2014...was it's 150th anniversary. A favorite way to travel around London for us with our trusty, money saving Oyster card. You top it up and just swipe the card going through the turnstiles, which really speeds things up...as well as being charged the fare with a discount...which is all good!

One of our favorite routes is to the antique markets at the Angel stop in Camden Town

Other London Underground shots we've taken and a Tube tea towel

So happy birthday to that wonder of Victorian engineering, still going strong after 150 years, an essential of London!

For more info on the tube:

Top 10 Reasons to Love the London Underground
Don't miss the great old travel posters

and to read my in depth post about one of our visits to the London Transport Museum in Covent Garden click Antiques And Teacups London Transport Museum Blog Post

I wanted to share a recipe from Victoria Magazine...I can't find the issue, but I cut it out of a duplicate magazine I bought at a flea market a few years ago....

It's a very simple, easy and pretty fool proof scone recipe that I make often when there's going to be company around tea time. I have added currants from time to time, which my husband prefers.

Love this whimsical artwork about aging...certainly looks right to me...

Thanks so much for visiting Tuesday Cuppa Tea! Have a wonderful week with a dancing spirit, overcoming any earthly burdens and trials and....dance!   Below is a list of some of the blog parties I'll be joining, although...I may be slow again responding to comments this week...a lot going on! Life happening! Also, as always, the Linky for your tea related posts and PLEASE no selling sites! Be patient...it does appear!


  1. I have fond memories of taking the tube to school when I was in high school. We lived just outside London for 6 months, and it was a wonderful experience. I've been back once since then. Your post makes me want to re-visit!

  2. Good morning, Ruth!
    I enjoyed the history of the Tube and seeing your lovely tea mug with all the symbols. I've never been to London, but would love to go sometime. The sweet potato scones sound wonderful, especially with the coconut and pecans. I'd love to try them. Thank you for hosting and sharing your knowledge.

  3. I love that mug from Whittards. My daughter has a Corgi so always love to see them. That recipe for sweet potato scones is now saved to my recipe file. Sounds like something I should try.

  4. Good morning Ruth,
    Love the mug! England is so filled with history and interesting landmarks. Would love to visit some day. Those scones look wonderful. Thanks for sharing and have a lovely day.


  5. Lovely post Ruth. I really like the mug design. Our good friend is married to an Englishman and she gave us, because we love all things British, two "Keep Calm" mugs for Christmas. We never took the Tube while in London. Amazing that it's that old!

  6. Hi Ruth,
    I love your London mugs. How I would love to travel to London to admire the shops. I am afraid to fly so I don't think I will be going - I will just have to visit you and pretend. We need those Oyster cards in B.C. for our transit system, Thank you for hosting tea time today. Karen

  7. I love your post today because it takes me back to London. I have several pretty English mugs, but not the special one you featured today.

  8. Sweet Ruth, the scones look great and the mugs are adorable. I so love London too.
    Thanks for the lovely party.

  9. Interesting info about the tube and that it's been in existence for so long. The mug is cute and I recognize the things that say Britain.
    Thank you for hosting us for tea.

  10. I've only been to London once (for a one-day layover) and definitely need to return to visit all the teashops! Last weekend, I tried a sweet potato brownie (from a local farmers' market) which was quite tasty.

  11. Great post - as usual! So happy to be linking up today. Thanks for hosting!

  12. I love love love those cute London mugs. It would be perfect for my morning coffee. I also found all the information very useful. London is such an amazing and interesting place to visit. It is full of history, traditions, gorgeous vintage china and Harrods. What else can a girl ask for??

    Thank you for hosting.


  13. What a cute mug, Ruth! Lots of reminders of London, I'm sure. I enjoyed your post about London, must be a wonderful place to visit. Thanks for the scone recipe. I will try it since sweet potatoes are so good for you! Thanks for hosting!

  14. How very cool! I've never been to London. This all seems so iconic and romantic though. Thanks for the post!

    1. Hi Christine. It is a wonderful city to visit...but ya gotta do a lot of walking to appreciate it, we think...and a lot of tube trains...It is a romantic city with so much history crammed into it! Thanks for visiting!

  15. What a fun mug and a great thing to celebrate! I hope I get to London some day! Thanks for sharing with SYC.


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