In 1893 an entrepreneurial spirit brought Anna Maria Babington and Isabel Cargill together to open Babingtons Tea Rooms in Rome. The world has changed much since then, but their legacy has endured the many joys and tribulations to become a truly undeniable affair with tea – and a splash of eccentrici-tea
Today, we carry on the story of our Great Grandmother Isabel Cargill and her close friend Miss Babington, who defied the convention of the day and opened Babingtons Tea Rooms in Piazza di Spagna, in the heart of Rome, during the height of the Grand Tour. This was a time when women’s participation in business society was extremely limited and in a country where tea could only be found in pharmacies. Their determination made Babingtons a fixture of the city, welcoming artists, aristocrats, actors, and anyone in search of a quiet haven from the hustle and bustle of Rome. Of course, a mutual twinkle in the eye & wry smile always helped.
Over the years, we’ve seen politics, personalities and fashions change, but our promise of a unique experience & story in a cup is a constant that never wavers. It offers a tranquil moment of quality time to reflect, to come together, to care for one another and of course to inhale and imbibe our wonderful, unique blends & teas. We also believe that enjoying fine tea in good company is more enjoyable when we take care of the environment as well as ourselves. So, we have made a pledge towards ethical and sustainable sourcing, preparation, and delivery of our teas. Below are our commitments to...
All our teas are hand blended and packaged in the UK and Europe to the highest standards and we select only the finest all-natural ingredients that can be traced to their source. We use no artificial flavourings or colourings in any of our Blends.
We recently launched a project that sits very close to our heart – The Babingtons Foundation. In Darjeeling we are helping young girls and boys, by funding their education & commercial skills to help empower them and sustain their communities. The first 50 students received their diplomas in tourism and nursing and we are preparing for the next students. See you there!
We screen all the suppliers we work with to ensure they operate to our – and your – standards. We use only recyclable and 100% biodegradable materials for our packaging, and our range of re-usable caddies helps us reduce waste and cut down our carbon footprint.
Miss Babington and Miss Cargill were years and years ahead of their time, they were in-fact, emancipated entrepreneurs with an added dash of style and wit. This unique spirit endures to this day and we invite you to join us to enjoy a perfect cuppa with that splash of eccentrici-tea.