Tea & other FAQs

Is our company name pronounced T. E. A. (Tee-Ee-Ay) London?

Nope, it is Tea London, like the hot tasty beverage made from brewed tea leaves.

Do you sell tea?

No we don’t. But rather serendipitously Tea London Limited shares its workspace with ZiYo, who are sellers of single-estate Taiwanese Oolong teas. We’ve tried them and they are very good when served in a traditional manner. Gentle on the palate, but strong in effect.

ZiYo also perform tea ceremonies as part of their Guqin (or qin) lessons, or as a ‘group experience’ for good friends who enjoy green teas and conversation.

ZiYo also handcrafts its own clay teapots, which will be on sale soon.

So why then, are you called Tea London?

When we started, we just wanted to come up with a memorable name. We thought if we juxtaposed our name to what we actually do, it could make us more memorable. We think tea evokes generally warm and good feelings, it is welcome at work and therapy when at home. One tenuous link is: hot beverages are typically served at the start of a meeting and a meeting room doesn’t really do much without AV today.  Another link could be because Av generally plays an important part of home entertainment is when you are sitting down to enjoy a nice cuppa you might want some music or a bit of telly…  well, like we said, the links are tenuous.

So what do you actually do then if you don’t sell tea?

We are a custom audio visual installer, which if you don’t know what that means, it means we primarily install multi-zone audio and multi-screen systems in corporate and residential settings. AV system topologies often take a distributive or star wiring approach. Primary AV and network equipment (back-end) are housed in the central location(s) for the purposes distribution of AV as well as other services such as internet access and IT networking.

Because back-end equipment is locked away in a cupboard or utility area, it will need an automation, or integrated control system to enable control over the AV (and other) systems from convenient locations – such as near a TV or within an audio zone.

Sophisticated centralised control systems can be integrated with other home systems thus creating a smart home.

Integrated control requires a wide range of skills and knowledge in order to design and commission fully integrated systems. Skills, knowledge and experience in wiring schemes, control integration methodologies, and IT networking is essential.

Our engineering design and commissioning experience includes:

  • audio systems (speakers, amps, cabling, audio sources, matrix switching, microphones, DSP, and mixing)
  • video systems (TV’s, screens, projectors, video sources, matrix switching, video wall)
  • wiring systems (network, fibre optic, CAT5/6/6A/7/7A, bus wiring, audio, speaker, low voltage and no voltage wiring for sensors and triggers)
  • electro-mechanical switching (gates, electric locks, pumps, motors, blinds, windows)
  • IT networking (firewalls, routing, wireless networks, switching, storage, printing)
  • lighting controls (dimmers, colour changing, switching, security integration)
  • climate controls (heating, ventilation, air-conditioning, (de)humidification)
  • IP communications (door entry, intercoms, voice calls, IPBX, internet connectivity, SIP provisioning, and video conferencing)
  • power management (remote power switching, battery backups (UPS), power filtration, power monitoring)
  • access control
  • CCTV
  • security systems integration
  • booking systems

I will pay handsomely for anyone who can think up a more eloquent and concise way of putting all of that in writing.