Suggested New Tea House and Alterations to Offices

H.M. Office of Works1914

Historic Royal Palaces

Historic Royal Palaces
United Kingdom

Increasing numbers of visitors to the Tower - around half a million a year by the turn of the century - created the need for additional facilities. This proposal suggested transforming the Victorian Pump House (now home to the Tower's Gift Shop) into a teahouse.

Stylistically the design recalls the timber-framed buildings of the Tudor period, of which the King's House in the Tower's Inner Ward is a rare survival in London owing to the Great Fire of 1666.

The decision to build a new teahouse was deferred until after the First World War. In 1935 a new refreshment room was built, to a different design.


  • Title: Suggested New Tea House and Alterations to Offices
  • Creator: H.M. Office of Works
  • Date Created: 1914
  • Location Created: Tower of London
  • Type: Architectural drawing
  • Rights: © Historic Royal Palaces. Reproduced by permission of Historic Royal Palaces under licence from The National Archives.
  • Catalogue Reference: EH/TOL/2681

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