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Cole of London’s London mugs

Cole of London

More products celebrating London, though Cole of London's London mugs are a quirky take on the trend.

There are four mugs available, each featuring a different London landmark – pick from Trafalgar Square, Buckingham Palace, Tower of London or the Houses of Parliament. Each place is depicted in a sketchy style which contrasts to the official looking title and facts that are listed on the side of each mug. It's a style that's reminiscent of the work of Royston Cooper, who produced many travel advertisements in the 50s and 60s – and that's a very good thing indeed.

Made from bone china, the mugs cost £10 each. 

See the range online

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PiP Studio Tableware Range

Any self respecting retro housewife cannot be seen entertaining their guests without proper tableware. Dutch brand PiP Studio have created a charming vintage-inspired range of tableware that looks like it came straight from your grandmother's best china cabinet.

The range has everything you need for the perfect tea party in pretty coordinating pastel shades, embellished with birds, flowers and elegant spring patterns. Just add a selection of dainty cakes and some loose leaf and you'll be fit to entertain house guests at any moment's notice.

The PiP Studio Tableware range starts from £5.99. Available from John Lewis online.

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Welovekaoru nautical tea service


You may remember Welovekaoru's nautical but nice tea cup and saucer featured last year. Well, the design has now been applied to an entire tea service

The service includes all the mugs and plates you'll need to set sail on the high seas for high teas in high style. All the items are decorated with the blue and white stripe and anchor insignia and the design of the objects, such as the elegant shape of the teapot, suits the pattern well. The set is made in England from bone china. 

Prices range from £10 for a sugar bowl and go up to £50 for the all important teapot. 

Buy it online

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Royal Albert English Chintz hostess set

Royal Albert Chintz

The Royal Albert china company is celebrating its centenary and is dipping into its archives to celebrate, reproducing designs such as this English Chintz hostess set

The set has a typically 1940s look with its dotty and floral pattern and gold trim. It's also got a generously sized plate with plenty of space for a dessert to go with your cup of tea. One of several hostess sets available, you can also get sets featuring designs dating from 1910 and 1970 though they all share the same traditionally chintzy look. 

This set costs £30.

Buy it from the newly relaunched Selfridges website

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Britannia backstamp range from Repeat Repeat


Continuing the trend for products that proudly display their British heritage is the Britannia backstamp range from Repeat Repeat

Their bone china is all made in Stoke-on-Trent so, for their latest pieces, they've chosen to decorate them with a design based on traditional Staffordshire ceramic stamps. There's a mug, a teapot, a plate and even a tea towel decorated with the design which uses a crown alongside the words 'Made in England'.

Prices start at £10.50 which will get you either the mug or the tea towel and go up to £46.95 for the teapot. 

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