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"A Proper Cup of Tea" in Rome: Babington's Tearooms Celebrates 125th Birthday

On December 5, 1893, Miss Anna Maria Babington and Miss Isabel Cargill opened their first tearoom at 66 Via Due Macelli, in Rome

Babington’s Tearooms was an immediate success. “Finally a place in Rome served a ‘proper cup of tea’”, [until then tea was only purchasable in pharmacies], said Joe Wolff, “- not to mention offering special toilet facilities for women at a time when there wasn’t much available, and this was an ‘unmentionable’ problem.”

by Lucy Gordan

Mediterranean

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