A British tea garden in the middle of The Mall? That sounds like our cup of tea…
At the Tregothnan Estate in Cornwall, we’re used to creating a ‘stir’ with world firsts. This time, we’re taking our pioneering British tea gardens right into the centre of London, to the place most famed for British ceremonial occasions, The Mall. Our tea garden will be created to support another pioneering Great British brand, Brompton Bikes, for the Brompton World Championship bike race.
Tregothnan have been tasked to serve our truly British tea grown in Cornwall to the riders and their families directly on The Mall. We will be bringing tea plants up from our very own tea gardens in Cornwall to create the first ever tea gardens in Central London. Riders and spectators will be able to refresh their tired bodies with a cup of the most British tea in history, sitting amongst the very tea bushes the tea is made from. This iconic race is taking place this Saturday the 29th July and Tregothnan will be one of the eight prestigious stalls in Brompton rider’s VIP area. Riders gain entry to the VIP area as they cross the finish line, on the way down the Mall towards Buckingham Palace.
Tregothnan’s MD of Trading, Jonathon Jones, who will also be cycling in the race, says: “We’ve just produced tea for HRH Prince Philip from a bush he himself planted at Tregothnan in 2012, so it seems only right that we should bring tea bushes from Cornwall to Buckingham Palace’s front garden. I will look forward to my cuppa as soon as I cross the finish line!”
The race comprises eight laps around St. James’ Park, past Buckingham Palace and down The Mall to the finish line and sees riders following the strict dress code which reflects the Britishness of the brand – Saville Row tailoring meets Lycra chic. It is a celebration of the eccentricity which makes Britain so special. The 2016 final saw the best ever participation with riders from 34 countries travelling to London to participate. The 2017 event is set to overtake records set in all the previous races to be the best yet.
Prudential RideLondon is the world’s greatest festival of cycling, with more than 100,000 cyclists expected to participate during the weekend of 28th – 30th July 2017. The Brompton World Championship is a flagship Brompton-only racing event. With qualifying heats held in 15 countries and a final in the UK. The event has been running for 10 years and is held in cities all around the world.
Brompton’s history can be tracked back to 1975, when founder Andrew Ritchie created prototypes from his bedroom in South Kensington, London. Brompton is now the largest volume bicycle manufacturer in Britain, producing approximately 40,000 bicycles each year, with the folding bicycle as their core product. A truly British product in its own right – this custom bike company to this day is still crafting innovative bikes and designs right here in London.