Coffee houses in London
It was not long before the taste and fashion for coffee spread to the capital. London's first coffee house, the Pasqua Rosee, was established in Cornhill in 1650. Many of the houses provided their own tokens, which were paid as a small entrance fee to the coffee house.
However, they proved incredibly popular, providing a gathering place to exchange news and gossip and conduct business. Many were grouped around the Royal Exchange, Custom House, Post-Houses and the court itself.
In 1675, Charles II 'called for the suppression of all coffee-houses in London as being places where the disaffected met, and spread scandalous reports concerning the conduct of his Majesty and his Ministers'. The uproar that followed forced Charles to cancel this edict.