Coffee- and tea- houses began to spring up all over fashionable London after the introduction to England of the said mild stimulants in the mid seventeenth century (see Matthew Green’s “The Lost World Of The London Coffee-House”, published by Idler Books in 2013, or his “London – A Travel Guide Through Time”, published by Michael Joseph in 2015). They became places where respectable gentlemen, who wouldn’t be seen dead in ale-houses, congregated and transacted business. One eventually evolved into an entirely separate enterprise – Lloyd’s.
On a related note, the site of the first coffee house in London, at the sign of “Pasqua Rosee’s Head”, is visited on our “Aldgate, Bishopsgate and beyond” standard walk.
Further details of all our walks are available in the “Guided Walks” section of this web-site.