A new web app encourages people to explore new areas of London in celebration of something quintessentially British, tea.

Forest Hill’s Horniman Museum has launched Tea Trail London – teatrail.london – to take users on three unique trails across the capital, bringing out historic stories in tea and venues such as museums, shops and tea houses.

The Tea Trail is the Horniman’s contribution to the Europeana Food and Drink, with tea being a natural choice as the museum’s founder Frederick Horniman was a tea trader.

There’s history, from ‘meeting’ Earl Grey to seeing the home of the Duchess who invented afternoon tea and the opportunity to sample tea from across the world.

The three trails are Tea Through Time, World Tea Tastes and Taking Afternoon Tea.

The Horniman’s digital manager Adrian Murphy said: “Our founder Frederick Horniman was a Victorian tea trader so the topic of tea was a natural choice when we became involved in this project. 

“Tea Trail London has given us a great opportunity to explore our own collections for tea related objects and to work with some of the establishments connected to tea that our capital has to offer. 

“We hope that through these trails users of the web app will not only learn about the way that tea is, and has been, drunk and enjoyed across London, but also have a lot of fun in doing so too.’

South east London attractions on the trails include the Horniman Museum, Greenwich’s Cutty Sark, Kailash Momo restaurant in Woolwich and Buenos Aires Cafe in Greenwich.