What better way to celebrate Dickens bicentenary than drinking a cup of tea? Dickens’s works capture the peculiarities of a tea-drinking culture, from the institution of afternoon tea to the importance of a cup of tea to solve everyday problems:
"My dear, if you could give me a cup of tea to clear my muddle of a head I should better understand your affairs"
“Polly, put the kettle on, we’ll all have tea" (from Barnaby Rudge)
“The privileges of the side-table included the small prerogatives of sitting next to the toast, and taking two cups of tea to other people’s one” (from The Life and Adventures of Martin Chuzzlewit )