In 1815 John Doulton didn't know he could move mountains. But he invested his life savings, £100, in a small London pottery operation. Call it luck, wisdom or business acumen, but from a maker of storage jars and ceramic sewage pipes grew a leader in design-driven, technically innovative manufacturer of fine tableware. Ours is a story of many firsts, from innovating new materials and glazing techniques, to collaborating from the beginning with artists and designers, and focusing on educating and empowering women. In the course of 200 years, our focus on bringing premium quality and exceptional design to everybody's table has been a resounding success. Earning us not one but two Royal Warrants, and the continuing love of fans the world over. And although city regulations pushed the Factory out of London in the late 1950s, London hasn't left Royal Doulton. Today, more than ever, we are firmly embedded in and draw our deepest inspiration from the stories and flavours of the village of our home town - London.