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‘Sadia’s Commonwealth Jubilee Indian Tea Party’

on Jul 8, 2012

On Saturday 2nd June 2012, artist and tea party hostess Sadia Ur-Rehman hosted a special Indian tea party during the Diamond Jubilee weekend. The tea party opened with vocalist Sonia Mehta singing accompanied by Amardeep Singh on tabla.  The tea party formed part of a series of 3 that were part of the events programme for the ‘Royal River: Power, Pageantry and the Thames’ exhibition. The exhibition was created to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and presents the historic River Thames in all its glory. Guests during the tea party were able to explore the Commonwealth, legacies of the British Empire and the Raj as well partake in authentic Indian tea drinking customs. During the tea drinking, guests explored their own particular experiences of the Commonwealth and shared tales of a memorable day that they had had in the last 60 years of the Queen’s reign and as head of the Commonwealth. Here are a selection of photos from the day: (c) Photo credits: Connie Taylor & Mikey...

A Local Dialogue featured on the BBC Asian Network!

on Jun 7, 2012

On Tuesday 5th June at 2pm, artist & tea party hostess Sadia Ur-Rehman dubbed Queen of Tea by radio DJ Nihal talked in details about the project ‘A Local Dialogue’. Link to hear the interview here.  Find out how the project was born and where Sadia’s love of tea stems from!

‘Sadia’s Commonwealth Jubilee Kenyan Tea Party’

on Jun 4, 2012

Sadia’s Commonwealth Jubilee English Tea Party

on May 29, 2012

On Sunday 20th May, saw artist Sadia Ur-Rehman hosting ‘Sadia’s Commonwealth Jubilee English Tea Party’ at the Queens’ House, National Maritime Museum. This tea party formed part of a special series of 3 linked to the events programme for the ‘Royal River: Power, Pageantry and the Thames’ exhibition at the National Maritime Museum. The exhibition was created to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and presents the historic River Thames. http://www.rmg.co.uk/visit/events/royal-river Guests were treated to a traditional afternoon tea, fancy snacks and played Sadia’s special commonwealth-themed parlour games including ‘Queenie’s Quiz’ and the ‘Coin Game’. Here’s a selection of photos from the day: Photo credits: Mikey...

Grandpa’s Anytime Tea at Sadia’s Commonwealth Kenyan Tea Party

on May 26, 2012

This Sunday we will be hosting our Kenyan style tea party at the Queens’ House, National Maritime Museum in Greenwich. This tea party  is part of a series of 3 that are part of the events programme for the ‘Royal River: Power, Pageantry and the Thames’ exhibition, further information can be found here: http://www.rmg.co.uk/visit/events/royal-river Serving tea from the Commonwealth at these tea parties, did you know that tea is one of Kenya’s main exports? In fact, Kenya exports more tea than Sri Lanka, India, and China! In Kenya, anytime is tea time. When it comes to drinks, Kenya tea in the form of Chai (tea with milk and sugar) is the beverage of choice. It is served for breakfast, at mealtimes and also during Kenya’s regular teatime. Clearly, Kenya culture embraces many different cultural influences: teatime is a custom borrowed from the British colonial past and the Chai style of cooking tea originated in India. Kenya is also part of England’s royal history. It was in Kenya in February 1952 that Princess Elizabeth learned that she had become Queen. Staying at Treetops Hotel in the Aberdare National Park she received word from Buckingham Palace that her father, King George VI, had died. Her vacation cut short, she flew back to England where she was crowned Queen Elizabeth II. At this tea party were really excited we’ll be serving Grandpa’s Anytime Tea courtesy of the Royal Tea of Kenya http://www.royalteaofkenya.com/ Arthur Njuguna Komo aged 112, is officially the world’s oldest tea farmer, Arthur still farms tea in the foothills of Mount Kenya and this tea is aptly named after him by his granddaughter Joy Njuguna. Joy sells teas from her family’s farms in Kenya and in honor of her grandfather, she has created this special blend of tea. You can read more about Arthur’s fascinating story here. Looking forward to...

Sadia’s Commonwealth Jubilee Tea Parties

on May 22, 2012

Were excited to be  hosting a series of three parties that are part of the events programme for the ‘Royal River: Power, Pageantry and the Thames’ exhibition at the National Maritime Museum. The exhibition was created to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and presents the historic River Thames in all its glory from British royal and City events to London’s famous watermen, and the river’s transformation after the notorious ‘Great Stink’. http://www.rmg.co.uk/visit/events/royal-river Join artist Sadia Ur-Rehman, Museum staff and other party guests in the sumptuous Orangery in The Queen’s House for afternoon tea, fancy snacks and commonwealth-themed parlour games including ‘Queenie’s Quiz’ and the coin game. There will also be an opportunity to contribute your memories to the Jubilee Time Capsule, an online time capsule marking 60 years of the commonwealth. http://www.jubileetimecapsule.org/ Themed commonwealth, we’ll be serving tea from 3 different Commonwealth nations: Sunday 20th May: English-style Tea Party Sunday 27th May: Kenyan-style Tea Party http://www.rmg.co.uk/visit/events/sadias-jubilee-tea-party-may Saturday 2nd June: English-style Tea Party http://www.rmg.co.uk/visit/events/sadias-jubilee-tea-party-june For further information and to book visit  http://www.rmg.co.uk/visit/events/royal-river or call the bookings office on 020 8312 6608. Look forward to seeing you at...