London coffee houses and taverns

London coffee houses and taverns

Toms coffee house : London coffee houses and taverns

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

TOM'S COFFEE-HOUSE, Birchin lane, Cornhill.

Toms coffee house, Birchin lane

Toms coffee house, Birchin lane

In Birchin-lane, Cornhill, though in the main a mercantile resort, acquired some celebrity from its having been frequented by Garrick, who, to keep up an interest in the City, appeared here about twice in a winter at ''Change time, when it was the rendezvous of young merchants. Hawkins says : " After all that has been said of Mr. Garrick, envy must own that he owed his celebrity to his merit ; and yet, of that himself seemed so diffident, that he practised sundry little but innocent arts, to insure the favour of the public :" yet, he did more. When a rising actor complained to Mrs. Garrick that the newspapers abused him, the widow replied, " You should write your own criticisms ; David always did."

One evening, Murphy was at Tom's, when Colley Cibber was playing at whist, with an old general for his partner. As the cards were dealt to him, he took up every one in turn, and expressed his disappointment at each indifferent one. In the progress of the game he did not follow suit, and his partner said, " What ! have you not a spade, Mr. Cibber ?" The latter, looking at his cards, answered, " Oh yes, a thousand ;" which drew a very peevish comment from the general. On which, Cibber, who was shockingly addicted to swearing, replied, " Don't be angry, for I can play ten times worse if I like."

The 1829 Robsons directory places S P Adderley, at the Toms Coffee house & tavern, 31 Cornhill

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: Wednesday, 06-Feb-2019 22:18:48 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.

LONDON Pub History

London Street Listings in 1832.

1832 Index

London street listings in 1842

1842 Index

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