Babington's tea room

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Babington's tea room, on the left of the Spanish Steps

Babington's tea room, established in 1893, is a traditional English tea shop at the foot of the Spanish Steps in the Piazza di Spagna in Rome, Italy.


The shop was founded in 1893[1][2] by Isabel Cargill and Anne Marie Babington, two English women, with the intention of catering for the many English-speaking people in Rome.[3]

Originally the tea room was on Via dei Due Macelli, a sideroad of the Piazza di Spagna, but the establishment's success encouraged the owners to relocate to the Piazza di Spagna 23.[4][5][6] It is located on the ground floor of an 18th-century building from which one can see the Spanish Steps, the staircase of the Trinità dei Monti church. Babington's survived two world wars, the advent of fast food and various economic crises, to become a Roman institution and tourist attraction.[7][8][9]


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  2. ^ Jenn Visocky O'Grady; Ken Visocky O'Grady (30 May 2013). Design Currency: Understand, define, and promote the value of your design work. New Riders. pp. 128–. ISBN 0-13-305281-8.
  3. ^ DK (21 February 2017). Eyewitness Travel Family Guide Rome. DK Publishing. pp. 325–. ISBN 978-1-4654-6447-7.
  4. ^ "Babingtons, posto magico per un'atmosfera incantevole".
  5. ^ L'Espresso. 1989.
  6. ^ Jonathan Boardman (2000). Rome: a cultural and literary companion. Signal Books. ISBN 978-1-902669-15-1.
  7. ^ Martin Dunford (1 September 2010). The Rough Guide to Rome. Rough Guides. pp. 92–. ISBN 978-1-4053-8794-1.
  8. ^ Robert I. C. Fisher; Erica Duecy; Carissa Bluestone (2008). Fodor's Rome. Fodor's Travel. pp. 164–. ISBN 978-1-4000-1907-6.
  9. ^ DK (2 February 2015). Eyewitness Travel Family Guide Rome. DK Publishing. pp. 363–. ISBN 978-1-4654-3842-3.

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Coordinates: 41°54′22″N 12°28′56″E / 41.9060°N 12.4823°E / 41.9060; 12.4823