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Learn about London's crazy caffeinated history
Tea is the drink most associated with England, but London's coffeehouse tradition spans over 350 years and was an important factor in the development of the city.

A cup of coffee. Photo by Julius Schorzman.

In the past, coffeehouses were more than a place to gossip with friends over lattes, rather they were buzzing centres of the latest news and ideas, as well as sites of serious debate, literary accomplishments, scientific dissections, and revolutionary or treasonous plots. As the lecture website states 'it was coffee, not tea, that built the British Empire'. An expert in the city's coffeehouse history, Dr. Matthew Green, leads an interactive guided tour of London's original coffeehouses on the third Saturday of every month. Actors, musicians, and a steady supply of coffee (brewed 18th century style) accompany the tour.

Old Coffee Pot.

The lecture begins at the site of London's first coffeehouse, which opened in 1652. From there you travel through London's medieval streets, visit original coffeehouses in Cornhill, Cheapside, St Paul's, Fleet Street, and finish the tour at Church of St-Stephen's-at-Walbrook.

Latte art. Photo by Jonathon McIntosh.

This part historical and part dramatic lecture involves duels, live debates, story-telling, and discussion of all the wild activities that took place at coffeehouses over the years. For the history buff and the coffee connoisseur, this caffeinated walk and talk event is a fun way to spend a Saturday afternoon.
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Why? Enjoy a lively day out and learn about London's caffeinated history.
When: Third Saturday of every month (11.30am - 1.00pm)
Where: Throughout London; see website for details
Cost: 13.50
Your Comment
Cool; I think it is interesting that they give a historic tour of tea and coffee.
by Bastion Harrison (score: 4|12626) 3459 days ago
As a big fan of coffee houses this was fascinating! Good article. If I get a chance to be in Mondon on one if the right dates I would love to do this.
by Sally Writes (score: 2|539) 3480 days ago
London just has the best events. I had never heard of this tour before, but I really hope to attend. Nice that it's offered every month.
by sarah (score: 0|7) 3480 days ago
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