Coffee houses in London
|Coffee houses and the sea|
Pepys's coffee house
By the 18th century, this location made it a favourite among naval officers. In 1746 a group of officers who regularly met at Wills put forward the idea for the first uniform of the Royal Navy.
The interior of Wills is described in an anonymous poem of 1764, ;The British Coffee House':
'To see so long a room, -- so high a roof;
Lloyd's: from coffee to shipping
Lloyd’s developed an agreement with the Post Office to pass on news of various ships directly to the customers of the coffee house. That meant that those involved might be the first to know of either disaster of success. This eventually became the Lloyd’s List, the first of which was published in 1734.
During the Napoleonic Wars, Lloyd’s raised subscriptions and began a patriotic fund. By the early 19th century, Lloyd’s was less of a coffee house and more of an insurance business. Then, in 1844, it moved to the Royal Exchange.
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