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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
25th May 1905 Born today: Binnie Barnes, London, actress (Adv of Marco Polo, Diamond Jim)
25th May 1878 Gilbert/Sullivans opera HMS Pinafore, premieres in London
The First Coffee Shop in London
This was the first coffee-house in England, 1652
Location: St Michaels Alley, Cornhill, Bank, EC3V 9DS
Description: This was the first coffee-house in England. A restoration Starbucks if you will. That was in 1652. By 1700 the trend had become so big that there were over 3,000 in London - including the original Lloyd's.
The proprietor was Pasqua Rose, the servant of a trader in Turkish goods named Daniel Edwards.
Mr. Edwards acquired the coffee habit in Turkey, and brought home with him from Ragusa, in Dalmatia, Pasqua Rosée, an Armenian or Greek youth, who prepared the beverage for him. But the novelty thereof, says biographer William Oldys, drawing too much company to him, he allowed the said servant with another of his son-in-law to set up the first coffee house in London at St. Michael's Alley, in Cornhill.
Tagged in this Tour: Curios
Tagged in this Tour: Quirky London