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Coffee houses and insuring ships
Edward Lloyd

Lloyd's Coffee House frontage. On loan from Lloyd's of London.
View full size imagePart of the original frontage of Edward Lloyd's Coffee House. © NMM
During the 17th century the practice of insuring ships and cargoes against loss became more commonplace.

By the 1680s, Edward Lloyd's coffee house in Tower Street was seen as the best place in London to arrange an insurance deal.

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