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18th & 19th Century Pleasure and Tea Gardens in London

Even the humblest tea gardens situated in inns and taverns vied for customers by offering special attractions like cake and ale, a bowling green, play tables, or a pond. Larger more luxurious gardens, such as Vauxhall or Ranelagh, offered a myriad of entertainments in the form of musicales, fireworks, illuminated groves, balloon rides, and theatricals.

This is what the tea looked like that was dumped into the Boston harbor. This plank could roughly last someone a year. Often bought in sections, one would shave off the compressed tea into a pot/kettle.

The Tea Pot Row at Harrow. From: 1826 The English Spy by Robert Cruikshank via Google Books (PD-150)

A printed sketch by Dickens illustrating the 'ascent of Mr Green's balloons from the firework ground of Vauxhall Gardens July 1836'.

13 Vignettes. Army recruiting; carriage-driving; walking; tea party; sowing; playing harpiscord; picnic in a marquee by the river; bird-watching; travelling; street vendors; etc.Thomas Rowlandson, 1790| Royal Collection Trust

In January 1785 Jean-Pierre Blanchard and Dr. John Jeffries accomplished the first flight across the English Channel. They flew from Dover Castle to Guînes in 2½ hours.