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"From Tea to Beer: A Timeless Tradition of Drinking" Amidst the chaos and destruction of bomb damage in New Cross, a resilient woman finds solace in a simple cup of tea

Background imageDrinking Collection: A woman enjoys a cup of tea in the midst of the bomb damage at New Cross after air raids

A woman enjoys a cup of tea in the midst of the bomb damage at New Cross after air raids on London in World War Two June 1944

Background imageDrinking Collection: The Sex Pistols punk rock band seen here in the Langans Restaurant in London

The Sex Pistols punk rock band seen here in the Langans Restaurant in London. Seated at the next table is actor Michael Caine who was a partner in the restaurant

Background imageDrinking Collection: William Hogarth Gin Lane

William Hogarth Gin Lane
Vintage engraving of showing a scene from William Hogarths Beer Street and Gin Lane. They depict the evils of the consumption of gin as a contrast to the merits of drinking beer

Background imageDrinking Collection: In the cocktail bar at Ciros Grill

In the cocktail bar at Ciros Grill
Well-known personalities of the day caricatured by George Whitelaw in the cocktail bar at Ciros Grill, one of the premier nightspots in London in the early part of the 20th century

Background imageDrinking Collection: CARTOON: ALCOHOLISM, 1874. The Bottle Imp. Cartoon by Frank Bellew, 1874

CARTOON: ALCOHOLISM, 1874. The Bottle Imp. Cartoon by Frank Bellew, 1874

Background imageDrinking Collection: In a Roman Osteria, 1866. Artist: Bloch, Carl (1834-1890)

In a Roman Osteria, 1866. Artist: Bloch, Carl (1834-1890)
In a Roman Osteria, 1866. Found in the collection of the Statens Museum for Kunst, Copenhagen

Background imageDrinking Collection: Sir Gawain and the Green Knight by William McLaren

Sir Gawain and the Green Knight by William McLaren
King Arthur welcomes the Green Knight into the Banqueting Hall and invites him to dismount and eat with the company. Everyone is amazed to see the unexpected visitor

Background imageDrinking Collection: Dog - Border Terrier - in pub with beer

Dog - Border Terrier - in pub with beer
ME-2380 Dog - Border Terrier - in pub with beer Johan De Meester Please note that prints are for personal display purposes only and may not be reproduced in anyway

Background imageDrinking Collection: Dylan Thomas Drinking & Smoking

Dylan Thomas Drinking & Smoking
Welsh poet Dylan Thomas (1914 - 1953) drinking a glass of beer and smoking while seated at a desk with stacks of his books of poetry, New York City, c. 1950. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Background imageDrinking Collection: Huggins Beer advert

Huggins Beer advert
Bottle of Huggins Light Dinner Ale Beer, advert 1908 Date: 1908

Background imageDrinking Collection: Queen Mother stands behind a pub bar drinking beer in July 1987

Queen Mother stands behind a pub bar drinking beer in July 1987

Background imageDrinking Collection: Steed and Mrs Peel have tea

Steed and Mrs Peel have tea
in the episode Deaths Door Avengers Series 5

Background imageDrinking Collection: Louis Wain - A Christmas catastrophe

Louis Wain - A Christmas catastrophe : please, sir, the rat entree has escaped and eaten the turkey, cats eating and drinking Date: circa 1906

Background imageDrinking Collection: Europe, Ireland, Dublin. Exterior of Brazen Head pub, established in 1198 AD. Credit as

Europe, Ireland, Dublin. Exterior of Brazen Head pub, established in 1198 AD. Credit as
Ireland, Dublin. Exterior of Brazen Head pub, established in 1198 AD. Credit as: Dennis Flaherty / Jaynes Gallery / DanitaDelimont(RF)

Background imageDrinking Collection: The Peasants Wedding

The Peasants Wedding, 1568. Bruegel, Pieter, The Elder (1525-1569). Oil on oakwood, 114 x 164 cm

Background imageDrinking Collection: Googie Withers, Margaret Lockwood, and Sally Stewart, in Alfred Hitchcocks The Lady Vanishes (1938)

Googie Withers, Margaret Lockwood, and Sally Stewart, in Alfred Hitchcocks The Lady Vanishes (1938)
Googie Withers, Margaret Lockwood, and Sally Stewart

Background imageDrinking Collection: Musican Shane MacGowan of The Pogues. 14th October 1991

Musican Shane MacGowan of The Pogues. 14th October 1991

Background imageDrinking Collection: Harrys New York bar in Paris

Harrys New York bar in Paris. Patrons attempting to break the world record for drinking two litres of beer in seventeen seconds. C. 1947

Background imageDrinking Collection: Suze Alcoholic Drinks

Suze Alcoholic Drinks, including Vermouth, Gin, Fruit Liqueur, Cherry brandy and (centre) an Aperitif made from fermented Gentian. Date: circa 1930s

Background imageDrinking Collection: Buffalo soldier drinking from his canteen

Buffalo soldier drinking from his canteen on a desert march. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century Frederic Remington illustration

Background imageDrinking Collection: Scenes inside the famous boot room at Anfield. Left to right are

Scenes inside the famous boot room at Anfield. Left to right are: Current Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish, coach Ronnie Moran, former manager Bob Paisley and assistant Roy Evans. 12th December 1985

Background imageDrinking Collection: Queen Mother drinks a pint of beer in a pub in Stepney

Queen Mother drinks a pint of beer in a pub in Stepney

Background imageDrinking Collection: Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese Pub, Fleet Street, London

Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese Pub, Fleet Street, London. Date: circa 1935

Background imageDrinking Collection: Fox Hunters toast a day on the hunt at their local

Fox Hunters toast a day on the hunt at their local
A group of riders and their hounds toast a day at the hunt outside a local pub. Painting by Malcolm Greensmith

Background imageDrinking Collection: Landlord and Bar Sign

Landlord and Bar Sign
Due to the number of customers trying to pay for drinks by cheque, the landlords sign in this London pub makes it clear that draughts, not overdrafts, are available behind the bar

Background imageDrinking Collection: Singing Auld Lang Syne

Singing Auld Lang Syne
The song of many happy people and sentimental drunks upon New Years Eve, Auld Lang Syne, a traditional air with words by Robert Burns

Background imageDrinking Collection: Seagers Gin Advert

Seagers Gin Advert
A red-headed woman in a fetching pink party dress gets into the party spirit by mixing some cocktails with Seagers Gin

Background imageDrinking Collection: Sunday in Gin Palace

Sunday in Gin Palace
Sunday afternoon in a London gin-palace

Background imageDrinking Collection: Gin Lane (Beer Street and Gin Lane 2), 1751. Artist: Hogarth, William (1697-1764)

Gin Lane (Beer Street and Gin Lane 2), 1751. Artist: Hogarth, William (1697-1764)
Gin Lane (Beer Street and Gin Lane 2), 1751. From a private collection

Background imageDrinking Collection: Booths Dry Gin advertisement at Gargoyle club

Booths Dry Gin advertisement at Gargoyle club
Advertisement for Booths Dry Gin showing George, the barman mixing some delicious cocktails. The Gargoyle Club on Meard Street was a regular haunt for many artists

Background imageDrinking Collection: Rejected by the Inventions Board IX - Heath Robinson

Rejected by the Inventions Board IX - Heath Robinson
The Pilsener Pump for tapping the enemys beer; another hilariously convoluted contraption to foil the enemy during World War I from William Heath Robinson

Background imageDrinking Collection: Gray wolf (Canis lupus) drinking in the fog

Gray wolf (Canis lupus) drinking in the fog, reflected in the water, in captivity, Sandstone, Minnesota, United States of America, North America

Background imageDrinking Collection: 1920S Pair in Bar

1920S Pair in Bar
A louche couple sip cocktails in a fashionable bar; he dons a blue suit, she wears a coat with a fur neck and cuffs, but precious little else

Background imageDrinking Collection: Embassy World Professional Snooker Championship at The Crucible, Sheffield

Embassy World Professional Snooker Championship at The Crucible, Sheffield. Steve Davis and Alex Hurricane Higgins. 13th April 1981

Background imageDrinking Collection: Group of three Welsh women in traditional costume

Group of three Welsh women in traditional costume Date: circa 1890s

Background imageDrinking Collection: Antique Japanese Woodblock, woman serving tea

Antique Japanese Woodblock, woman serving tea
This Japanese art print is a portrait of the tea house waitress Naniwaya Okita in a beautiful kimono serving a cup of tea, 1790. The print bears the artists signature

Background imageDrinking Collection: Isolde, c1895, (1896). Artist: Aubrey Beardsley

Isolde, c1895, (1896). Artist: Aubrey Beardsley
Isolde, c1895, (1896). From The Studio Volume 6. [London Offices of the Studio, London, 1896]

Background imageDrinking Collection: Dubonnet advertisement

Dubonnet advertisement
Advertisement for Dubonnet with a red-haired lady grinning at a black cat. Date: c.1895

Background imageDrinking Collection: Spanish Matador Buffet

Spanish Matador Buffet
A Spanish matador waits in front of a buffet, while the chef dishes up and a man in a suit swigs wine from a porron! Date: 1960s

Background imageDrinking Collection: The Toast by William Heath Robinson

The Toast by William Heath Robinson
A charming and detailed scene showing a large extended family, or possibly group of villagers drinking a toast around a large table groaning with delicious fruit pies, turkey, jelly, soup

Background imageDrinking Collection: Gravestone in the Graveyard of Winchester Cathedral

Gravestone in the Graveyard of Winchester Cathedral
Gravestone of Thomas Thetcher, a Grenadier in the North Regiment of the Hampshire Militia who died of a violent fever contracted by drinking Small Beer when hot on 12th May 1764

Background imageDrinking Collection: Down to the Dregs, 1880 (c1902)

Down to the Dregs, 1880 (c1902)
Down to the Dregs, 1880, (c1902). Artist, John Seymour Lucas. A man in 17th century dress drains a tankard of beer. From The Nations Pictures

Background imageDrinking Collection: Revelling with Harlots, plate III of A Rakes Progress, 1735

Revelling with Harlots, plate III of A Rakes Progress, 1735. Tom Rakewell and a companion consorting with harlots in a tavern

Background imageDrinking Collection: Poster design, Anisetta Evangelisti

Poster design, Anisetta Evangelisti, dessert liqueur. Depicting a monkey drinking from a bottle. Date: 1925

Background imageDrinking Collection: Soused Mouse

Soused Mouse
27th February 1954: A mouse is tempted to climb a miniature ladder for a sip of sherry in a wine cellar at Jerez in Spain. Original Publication: Picture Post - 6734 - Sherry Comes From Spain - pub

Background imageDrinking Collection: Luncheon of the Boating Party. Oil on canvas by Pierre-Auguste Renoir, 1880-81

Luncheon of the Boating Party. Oil on canvas by Pierre-Auguste Renoir, 1880-81
RENOIR: LUNCHEON, 1880-81. Luncheon of the Boating Party. Oil on canvas by Pierre-Auguste Renoir, 1880-81

Background imageDrinking Collection: Wine Cellar

Wine Cellar, Drinking A Glass Of Wine, Two Men, Wine Barrels, Winery, Storage, Alcohol, Alcoholic, Beverage, Underground, Viticulture, 19th Century Lithography

Background imageDrinking Collection: Old Reading Abbey Whisky

Old Reading Abbey Whisky
Old Reading Abbey, Scotch and Irish Whisky advert with monks drinking with their meal 1900s



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"From Tea to Beer: A Timeless Tradition of Drinking" Amidst the chaos and destruction of bomb damage in New Cross, a resilient woman finds solace in a simple cup of tea. In the midst of adversity, she embraces the comforting warmth that only a soothing drink can provide. Meanwhile, at a quaint pub, an unlikely companion joins the patrons for some merriment. A Border Terrier dog sits proudly by its owner's side as they enjoy their beer together. It seems even our furry friends appreciate the joys in good company. Across time and literature, it has been woven into tales that captivate our imagination. Sir Gawain and the Green Knight come alive through William McLaren's artistry, reminding us that even legendary knights partake in libations. In another realm altogether, Huggins Beer advertises its refreshing brews with enthusiasm. The allure of their beverage is evident as people gather around to share laughter and camaraderie over pints. Speaking of famous drinkers, Dylan Thomas epitomizes both indulgence and creativity with his love for drinking and smoking. His bohemian lifestyle serves as inspiration for those who seek liberation through artistic expression. Switching gears from smoky bars to elegant tea parties brings us to Steed and Mrs Peel enjoying a sophisticated afternoon tea. As they sip delicately from porcelain cups amidst espionage adventures, it becomes clear that they are be an act steeped in refinement too. Traveling further across Europe takes us to Dublin's Brazen Head pub - established back in 1198 AD. This ancient establishment stands as a testament to centuries-long traditions where locals gather under its historic roof for drinks filled with stories untold. In Alfred Hitchcock's masterpiece "The Lady Vanishes, " Googie Withers, Margaret Lockwood, and Sally Stewart find themselves entangled in mystery while sipping on cocktails at an exotic location. Even amidst danger or intrigue; drinking provides a momentary escape from reality.