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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON

24th June 1963 1st demonstration of home video recorder, at BBC Studios, London

24th June 1942 Born today: Mick Fleetwood, London, rock drummer (Fleetwood Mac-Go Your Own Way)

24th June 1717 1st Free Masons' grand lodge founded in London

24th June 1509 The Coronation of Henry VIII in Westminster Abbey.go to related location

The First Coffee Shop 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.

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The First Coffee Shop in London

This was the first coffee-house in England, 1652


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