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
The celebrated Mermaid, in Bread-street, with the history of " the Mermaid Club," has been described in Vol. I. pp. 8-10; its interest centres in this famous company of Wits.
There was another Mermaid, in Cheapside, next to Pauls Gate, and still another in Cornhill. Of the latter we find in Burn's Beaufoy Catalogue, that the vintner, buried in St. Peter's, Cornhill, in 1606, " gave forty shillings yearly to the parson for preaching four sermons every year, so long as the lease of the Mermaid, in Cornhill, (the tavern so called,) should endure. He also gave to the poor of the said parish thirteen penny loaves every Sunday, during the aforesaid lease." There are tokens of both these taverns in the Beaufoy Collection.
Lots of references are made to two sources on the
Edward Callows, Old London Taverns &
John Timbs, Club life of London Volume 2
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