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A historical site about early London coffee houses and taverns and will also link to my current pub history site and also the London street directory


In Cockspur-street, "long a house of call for Scotchmen," has been fortunate in its landladies. In 1759, it was kept by the sister of Bishop Douglas, so well known for his works against Lauder and Bower, which may explain, its Scottish fame. At another period it was kept by Mrs. Anderson, described in Mackenzie's Life of Home as " a woman of uncommon talents, and the most agreeable conversation."

The British figures in a political faction of 1750, at which date Walpole writes to Sir Horace Mann : " The Argyll carried all the Scotch against the turnpike ; they were willing to be carried, for the Duke of Bedford, in case it should have come into the Lords, had writ to the sixteen Peers, to solicit their votes; but with so little difference, that he enclosed all the letters under one cover directed to the British Coffee-house."

* Cumberland's Memoirs, vol. i.

* Cunningham s Walpole, vol. ii. p. 196, note.

In the 1829 Robsons directory is listed J Clement, at the British Coffee House, 27 Cockspur street

References :  Lots of references are made to two sources on the internet archive :
Edward Callows, Old London Taverns &
John Timbs, Club life of London Volume 2
My Pub history sites.
Street names index A - Z - this includes the 1832 and 1842 street directory

And Last updated on: Monday, 11-Nov-2019 10:13:09 GMT

What I am now attempting to achieve is the addition of all early coffee houses in London. Also, it is a great place to add any early taverns and inns which I have not yet listed on my pub history site. I just do not know which parish to add them to, or where they fit in.

London pub history directory.

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London Street Listings in 1832.

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London street listings in 1842

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London public houses in 1833 Pigots.

Entire London Street Listing in 1843 - by surname.

London public houses in 1856.

London public houses in 1869.

London 1921 Street directory in 1921

London 1940 Street directory 1940

London Pubs in 2018