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St Michael’s Alley was the centre of the 17th century London coffee house phenomenon.

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The church of St Michael was in existence by 1133 and ended up in the possession of the Drapers’ Company. After a fire at the church in 1421, tenements were built along with the creation of St Michael’s Alley, just off of Cornhill. The first coffee house in London was opened there in 1652.

Pasqua Roseé, who was a Greek Armenian, ran it as a side-business to his main profession of being valet to the businessman Daniel Edwards. Edwards was an importer of goods from the Ottomon Empire and this included coffee. Edwards had been helped in this particular import idea by Pasqua Roseé who beforehand had been a servant for a Levant merchant in Smyrna, Turkey and had there developed a taste for Turkish coffee. Before working for Daniel Edwards, Roseé - whose real name was Harutiun Vartian - had previously established a coffee house in Oxford the previous year with no discernible success. The accepted story of the creation of London’s first coffee house runs that visitors to the Edwards house were served with this exotic drink from the East and were amazed by it. While coffee had been known as a ’medicine’ in western Europe for a few decades previously, such was the clamour for it as a beverage rather than a medicine that Edwards helped set up Pasqua Roseé in a London business selling coffee.

Roseé’s head in profile wearing a turban and a ’Turkish’ moustache in the St Michael’s Alley establishment became the look of the sign for all coffee houses, starting with this one. This first coffee house was little more than a shed in the churchyard of St Michael’s Cornhill.


London coffee house, 17th century (click to enlarge)

Pasqua Roseé was soon selling over 600 coffees daily. Luckily for him, coffee quickly came to be seen as an antidote to the drunkenness, violence and lust that polite society considered rampant in the capital. Roseé triggered a coffee house boom. Such establishments became hugely-popular gathering places and a centre for business talk, spawning many copycat rival establishments around London.

By 1663 there were 82 coffeehouses within the City and became places to spend all day drinking and pontificating. The term ’coffee-house politician’ arose, referring to somebody who had opinions (but not necessarily knowledge) and shared them with anyone who’d listen. In a typical coffee house, well-dressed men would sit around tables strewn with newspapers, pamphlets and newsletters. Coffee would cost a penny, come with unlimited refills and would begin the process of listening and talking to strangers for hours on end. The establishments were great society levellers too. As long as one was male and could afford a penny, paupers and landowners could mix there and stay all day. They gained the alternative name of ’Penny Universities’.

In 1739, there were 551 coffee houses in London.


Early coffee houses were different from one another. Lunt’s in Clerkenwell Green offered haircuts and lectures. Don Saltero’s in Chelsea attracted scientists. Isaac Newton dissected a dolphin on the table of the Grecian Coffeehouse. Moll King’s in Covent Garden maintained a directory of prostitutes whereas the nearby Bedford Coffeehouse had a ‘theatrical thermometer’ with temperatures ranging from ‘excellent’ to ‘execrable’, rating local plays. The Hoxton Square Coffeehouse offered inquisitions of insanity - a suspected madman would be tied up and wheeled into the coffee room. A coffee drinkers’ jury would talk to him and vote on whether to incarcerate the accused in the local madhouse.

Perhaps most importantly in retrospect, coffee houses inspired new ideas. Stocks and shares were first traded in Jonathan’s beside the Royal Exchange. Lloyd’s on Lombard Street had a maritime clientele where the exchange of ideas led to the invention of the insurance industry. Coffee houses boosted the popularity of printed news media. Auctions in salesrooms attached to coffee houses provided the start for the great auction houses of Sotheby’s and Christie’s.

As the centuries moved on, the social lubrication found in coffee houses moved on to the public house. The addition of alcohol in the mix kept the talk going but suppressed the usefulness of the ideas.

In a twist of coffee fate, the location of the house that Roseé shared with Edwards at 38 Walbrook, is now occupied by Starbucks.




Main source: London's Original and All-Inspiring Coffee House – London, England - Atlas Obscura
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Munster Court, EC3R Munster Court is a road in the SW6 postcode area
Muscovy Street, EC3R Muscovy Street is one of the streets of London in the EC3R postal area.
New London Street, EC3R New London Street is one of the streets of London in the EC3R postal area.
Newgate Street, EC2V Newgate Street is one of the streets of London in the EC2V postal area.
Nicholas Lane, EC3V Nicholas Lane is one of the streets of London in the EC3V postal area.
Nicholas Lane, EC4N Nicholas Lane has two non-contiguous sections, separated by King William Street.
No 1 Poultry, EC2R No 1 Poultry is an office and retail building in London.
Old Billingsgate Walk, EC3R Old Billingsgate Walk is one of the streets of London in the EC3R postal area.
Old Broad Street, EC2N Old Broad Street is one of the streets of London in the EC2N postal area.
Old Broad Street, EC2N This is a street in the EC2R postcode area
Old Jewry, EC2R Old Jewry is one of the streets of London in the EC2R postal area.
Oystergate Walk, EC4R Oystergate Walk is one of the streets of London in the EC4R postal area.
Pancras Lane, EC4N Pancras Lane is one of the streets of London in the EC4N postal area.
Pepys Street, EC3N Pepys Street links Seething Lane in the west to Cooper’s Row in the east.
Philpot Lane, EC3M Philpot Lane is one of the streets of London in the EC3M postal area.
Plantain Gardens, EC3M A street within the EC3V postcode
Plantain Gardens, EC3M A street within the EC3V postcode
Plantation Lane, EC3M Plantation Lane is one of the streets of London in the EC3R postal area.
Plantation Place, EC3R Plantation Place takes its name from a previous Plantation House, once the recognised centre of the tea trade.
Plough Court, EC4R Plough Court was named for the Plough tavern which stood here.
Popes Head Alley, EC3V Popes Head Alley is one of the streets of London in the EC3V postal area.
Poultry, EC2R Poultry is one of the streets of London in the EC2R postal area.
Princes Street, EC2R Princes Street is one of the streets of London in the EC2R postal area.
Providian House, EC3R A block within the EC3R postcode
Pudding Lane, EC3R Pudding Lane is one of the streets of London in the EC3R postal area.
Queen Street Place, EC4R Queen Street Place is a location in London.
Queen Street, EC4N Queen Street is a street in the City of London which runs between Upper Thames Street at its southern end to Cheapside in the north.
Queen Street, EC4R Queen Street is a street in the City of London which runs between Upper Thames Street and Cheapside.
Queen Victoria Street, EC2R Queen Victoria Street is one of the streets of London in the EC2R postal area.
Rood Lane, EC3M Rood Lane is one of the streets of London in the EC3M postal area.
Royal Court, EC3V Royal Court is one of the streets of London in the EC3V postal area.
Royal Exchange Avenue, EC2R Royal Exchange Avenue is one of the streets of London in the EC3V postal area.
Royal Exchange Buildings, EC3V Royal Exchange Buildings is one of the streets of London in the EC3V postal area.
Royal Exchange Steps, EC2R Royal Exchange Steps is one of the streets of London in the EC3V postal area.
Royal Exchange, EC3V Royal Exchange is one of the streets of London in the EC3V postal area.
Savage Gardens, EC3N Savage Gardens connects Crutched Friars in the north to Trinity Square in the south, crossing Pepys Street.
Seething Lane, EC3R Seething Lane is one of the streets of London in the EC3N postal area.
Ship Tavern Passage, EC3M Ship Tavern Passage is a City of London alleyway.
Sky Garden, EC3M Sky Garden is a location in London.
St Dunstans Hill, EC3R St Dunstans Hill is one of the streets of London in the EC3R postal area.
St Georges Lane, EC3R St Georges Lane is one of the streets of London in the EC3R postal area.
St Helen’s Place, EC3A St Helen’s Place runs east from Bishopsgate.
St James’s Passage, EC3A St James’s Passage was formerly known as Church Passage.
St James’s Place, EC3A St James’s Place was an open square, formerly Broad Court, which held a daily market that sold fruits of various kinds.
St Mary At Hill, EC3R St Mary At Hill is one of the streets of London in the EC3R postal area.
St Mary Axe, EC3A St Mary Axe is an ancient street of the City of London.
St Michaels Rectory, EC3V St Michaels Rectory is one of the streets of London in the EC3V postal area.
St Swithin’s Lane, EC4N St Swithin’s Lane runs from King William Street to Cannon Street.
St. Mary’s Grove, EC3A Jeffrey’s Square disappeared under the St Mary Axe development.
Staple Hall, EC3A Staple Hall is one of the streets of London in the EC3A postal area.
Stock Exchange Building, EC2N Stock Exchange Building is one of the streets of London in the EC2N postal area.
Stone House Court, EC3A Stone House Court is one of the streets of London in the EC3A postal area.
Suffolk Lane, EC4R Suffolk Lane is one of the streets of London in the EC4R postal area.
Swan Lane, EC4R Swan Lane is one of the streets of London in the EC4R postal area.
Talbot Court, EC3V Talbot Court was next to the Talbot Inn until the Great Fire of London.
Telegraph Street, EC2R Telegraph Street is one of the streets of London in the EC2R postal area.
The Courtyard, EC3V The Courtyard is one of the streets of London in the EC3V postal area.
Threadneedle Street, EC2N Threadneedle Street is one of the streets of London in the EC2R postal area.
Threadneedle Street, EC3V Threadneedle Street is the location of the Bank of England and Royal Exchange.
Three Cranes Wharf, EC4R Three Cranes Wharf is one of the streets of London in the EC4R postal area.
Three Nun Court, EC2V Three Nun Court is one of the streets of London in the EC2V postal area.
Throgmorton Avenue, EC2N Throgmorton Avenue is one of the streets of London in the EC2N postal area.
Throgmorton Street, EC3V The name of Throgmorton Street is a corruption of the name of Nicholas Throckmorton, Elizabeth I’s ambassador to France and Scotland.
Tokenhouse Yard, EC2R Tokenhouse Yard marked the site of the manufacturer of tokens that were used as the copper coinage of England before the reign of James I.
Tower Hill Terrace, EC3N Tower Hill Terrace is one of the streets of London in the EC3N postal area.
Tower Hill, EC3N Tower Hill is a street and square, northwest of the Tower of London.
Trinity Square, EC3N Trinity Square is one of the streets of London in the EC3N postal area.
Undershaft, EC3P Undershaft is a road in the EC3P postcode area
Union Court, EC2N Union Court is an alleyway off of Broad Street.
Upper Thames Street, EC4R Upper Thames Street is one of the streets of London in the EC4R postal area.
Vestry House, EC4R Residential block
Walbrook, EC4N Walbrook is one of the streets of the Bank area.
Warnford Court, EC2N Warnford Court is one of the streets of London in the EC2N postal area.
Watling Street, EC4N Watling Street is one of the streets of London in the EC4N postal area.
Well Court, EC4N Well Court is one of the streets of London in the EC4M postal area.
White Lion Court, EC2R White Lion Court is one of the streets of London in the EC3V postal area.
Whittington Avenue, EC3A Whittington Avenue is one of the streets of London in the EC3A postal area.
Whittington Avenue, EC3V Whittington Avenue is one of the streets of London in the EC3V postal area.
Wormwood Street, EC2N Wormwood Street refers to the wormwood plant which used to grow on the London Wall and in other areas of wasteland in the City.
Wrestlers Court, EC3A Wrestlers Court is one of the streets of London in the EC3A postal area.

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Agenda This pub existed immediately prior to the 2020 global pandemic and may still do so.
All Bar One Cannon Street This pub existed immediately prior to the 2020 global pandemic and may still do so.
All Bar One Houndsditch This pub existed immediately prior to the 2020 global pandemic and may still do so.
All Bar One Tower Of London This pub existed immediately prior to the 2020 global pandemic and may still do so.
Babble City This pub existed immediately prior to the 2020 global pandemic and may still do so.
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Davys, 1 Plantation Place This pub existed immediately prior to the 2020 global pandemic and may still do so.
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Goodman City Ltd This pub existed immediately prior to the 2020 global pandemic and may still do so.
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Harry’s Bar This pub existed immediately prior to the 2020 global pandemic and may still do so.
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Jamies This pub existed immediately prior to the 2020 global pandemic and may still do so.
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Number 25 This pub existed immediately prior to the 2020 global pandemic and may still do so.
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Old Swan The Old Swan Inn was one of the most well-known in the City of London.
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Oyster Shed This pub existed immediately prior to the 2020 global pandemic and may still do so.
Pause This pub existed immediately prior to the 2020 global pandemic and may still do so.
Planet Of The Grapes This pub existed immediately prior to the 2020 global pandemic and may still do so.
Revolution This pub existed immediately prior to the 2020 global pandemic and may still do so.
River Gardens The Moniker is a bar in the City of London.
Roma This pub existed immediately prior to the 2020 global pandemic and may still do so.
Salotto 31 This pub existed immediately prior to the 2020 global pandemic and may still do so.
Sir John Hawkshaw This pub existed immediately prior to the 2020 global pandemic and may still do so.
Slug and Lettuce This pub existed immediately prior to the 2020 global pandemic and may still do so.
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Swingers This pub existed immediately prior to the 2020 global pandemic and may still do so.
The Alice This pub existed immediately prior to the 2020 global pandemic and may still do so.
The Anthologist This pub existed immediately prior to the 2020 global pandemic and may still do so.
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The Bell This pub existed immediately prior to the 2020 global pandemic and may still do so.
The Bootlegger’s Club Ltd This pub existed immediately prior to the 2020 global pandemic and may still do so.
The Britannia This pub existed immediately prior to the 2020 global pandemic and may still do so.
The Bunch Of Grapes This pub existed immediately prior to the 2020 global pandemic and may still do so.
The Cock & Woolpack This pub existed immediately prior to the 2020 global pandemic and may still do so.
The Counting House This pub existed immediately prior to the 2020 global pandemic and may still do so.
The Crutched Friar This pub existed immediately prior to the 2020 global pandemic and may still do so.
The Draft House This pub existed immediately prior to the 2020 global pandemic and may still do so.
The Drift This pub existed immediately prior to the 2020 global pandemic and may still do so.
The Folly This pub existed immediately prior to the 2020 global pandemic and may still do so.
The Gable This pub existed immediately prior to the 2020 global pandemic and may still do so.
The Golden Fleece This pub existed immediately prior to the 2020 global pandemic and may still do so.
The Green Man This pub existed immediately prior to the 2020 global pandemic and may still do so.
The Hung Drawn & Quartered This pub existed immediately prior to the 2020 global pandemic and may still do so.
The Hydrant, Equitable House This pub existed immediately prior to the 2020 global pandemic and may still do so.
The Kings Arms This pub existed immediately prior to the 2020 global pandemic and may still do so.
The Monument This pub existed immediately prior to the 2020 global pandemic and may still do so.
The New Moon This pub existed immediately prior to the 2020 global pandemic and may still do so.
The Olde Wine Shades This pub existed immediately prior to the 2020 global pandemic and may still do so.
The Pelt Trader, Arch 3 This pub existed immediately prior to the 2020 global pandemic and may still do so.
The Ship This pub existed immediately prior to the 2020 global pandemic and may still do so.
The Ship This pub existed immediately prior to the 2020 global pandemic and may still do so.
The Sterling This pub existed immediately prior to the 2020 global pandemic and may still do so.
The Sugarloaf This pub existed immediately prior to the 2020 global pandemic and may still do so.
The Swan This pub existed immediately prior to the 2020 global pandemic and may still do so.
The Telegraph This pub existed immediately prior to the 2020 global pandemic and may still do so.
The Tokenhouse The Tokenhouse is named for the nearby manufacturer of tokens that were used as the copper coinage of England before the 1680s.
The Walrus & The Carpenter This pub existed immediately prior to the 2020 global pandemic and may still do so.
Vertigo 42 This pub existed immediately prior to the 2020 global pandemic and may still do so.
White Horse This pub existed immediately prior to the 2020 global pandemic and may still do so.
Willys Wine Bar This pub existed immediately prior to the 2020 global pandemic and may still do so.
Wine Lodge This pub existed immediately prior to the 2020 global pandemic and may still do so.


Queen’s Park

Queen’s Park lies between Kilburn and Kensal Green, developed from 1875 onwards and named to honour Queen Victoria.

The north of Queen’s Park formed part of the parish of Willesden and the southern section formed an exclave of the parish of Chelsea, both in the Ossulstone hundred of Middlesex. In 1889 the area of the Metropolitan Board of Works that included the southern section of Queen’s Park was transferred from Middlesex to the County of London, and in 1900 the anomaly of being administered from Chelsea was removed when the exclave was united with the parish of Paddington. In 1965 both parts of Queen’s Park became part of Greater London: the northern section - Queen’s Park ’proper’ formed part of Brent and the southern section - the Queen’s Park Estate - joined the City of Westminster.

Queen’s Park, like much of Kilburn, was developed by Solomon Barnett. The two-storey terraced houses east of the park, built between 1895 and 1900, typically have clean, classical lines. Those west of the park, built 1900–05, tend to be more Gothic in style. Barnett’s wife was from the West Country, and many of the roads he developed are named either for places she knew (e.g. Torbay, Tiverton, Honiton) or for popular poets of the time (e.g. Tennyson). The first occupants of the area in late Victorian times were typically lower middle class, such as clerks and teachers. Queen’s Park is both demographically and architecturally diverse. The streets around the park at the heart of Queen’s Park are a conservation area.

There is hardly any social housing in the streets around Queens Park itself, and the area was zoned as not suitable for social housing in the 1970s and 1980s as even then house prices were above average for the borough of Brent, which made them unaffordable for local Housing Associations. The main shopping streets of Salusbury Road and Chamberlayne Road have fewer convenience stores and more high-value shops and restaurants. Local schools – some of which struggled to attract the children of wealthier local families in the past – are now over-subscribed. House prices have risen accordingly.

Queen’s Park station was first opened by the London and North Western Railway on 2 June 1879 on the main line from London to Birmingham.

Services on the Bakerloo line were extended from Kilburn Park to Queen’s Park on 11 February 1915. On 10 May 1915 Bakerloo services began to operate north of Queen’s Park as far as Willesden Junction over the recently built Watford DC Line tracks shared with the LNWR.


LOCAL PHOTOS
Byward Tower, 1893
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In the neighbourhood...

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Georg Giese from Danzig, 34-year-old German merchant at the Steelyard, painted in London by Hans Holbein in 1532
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Walbrook Wharf is an operating freight wharf located in the City of London adjacent to Cannon Street station.
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Bevis Marks Synagogue
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Exterior of St Katherine Cree, City of London
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St James Duke
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Petticoat Lane in the 1920s
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Etching of All Hallows Staining tower, drawn in 1922
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Mark Lane station
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"London Bridge from the Old Swan" by the Irish painter Hubert Pugh (1780) Shooting the tidal rapids at old London Bridge was dangerous; many passengers preferred to get off at the Old Swan, and walk. Immediately across the river in the painting is St Saviour’s Church, now Southwark Cathedral.
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The Church of All Hallows Lombard Street as seen from Ball Alley in the 1820s. All Hallows was a rare City of London church not demolished due to the Great Fire or the Blitz but to falling attendances. Taken from ’The Churches of London’ by George Godwin (1839)
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