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The Chocolate Room

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The Chocolate Room

The Chocolate Room is where Thomas Tosier, chocolate maker to George I (1714 – 1727) and George II (1727 – 1760), made the final touches to the King’s chocolate drink. The room was used to store the valuable serving equipment such as gold and silver Chocolate pots and the Chocolate drinking porcelain sets.

The Chocolate Kitchens were built by Christopher Wren in 1690 as part of William III’s and Queen Mary II’s rebuilding of Hampton Court Palace. Chocolate was relatively new in England and its inclusion in the new part of the palace demonstrated the modernity of William’s and Mary’s court.

Chocolate was an expensive luxury and in addition, it was also laced with exotic spices. The area around the Fountain Court was filled with kitchens and rooms for preparing and serving the most exceptional food. There was also a Confectionary for making sweets and a Spicery where precious spices were stored and prepared.

Thomas Tosier was responsible for making and taking a cup of chocolate to George I in his bedchamber every morning. The King’s chocolate maker also had his own bedroom in the Court, which was a luxury and an honour for a servant at court.

Thomas Tosier wasn’t only the King’s chocolate maker, he also owned a chocolate house on Chocolate Row in Greenwich, which was managed by his celebrity wife, Grace Tosier. In the 1700’s chocolate drinking houses were popular with the upper classes and were identified as venues for luxury, sophistication and good company.

The Chocolate Room

  • Name:                  The Chocolate Room
  • Dates:                   1700’s
  • Historic Site:       Hampton Court Palace

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Photo Credit: JOM