History & Heritage
In the 1600s, The East India Company was established by English merchants under Royal Charter issued by Queen Elizabeth I, to explore the Far East.
The East India Company has had a colossal impact on the very fabric of our lives today. It mapped and discovered trade and commercial routes, as well as creating new communities and shaping countries: establishing trading ports that would then grow and thrive to become the places we now know as Mumbai, Singapore, and Hong-Kong. It shaped Britain’s dining tables through the introduction of exotic ingredients and flavours. More fundamentally though, it influenced and shared global customs, tastes, and ways of thinking.