Coffeehouse Tour

Mar 25, 2012 by

Having checked out a few cafes and coffee shops I was very excited to see advertised, Unreal City Audio’s new walking tour telling the history of London’s Coffee Houses, The Coffeehouse Tour.  I was lucky to get a place on the latest tour, particularly lucky not to get a space on the February tour as it was apparently freezing that day! There was a lot of Twitter interest in Dr Matthew Green, the creator of the tour, this week as the Telegraph had just published his very well received article on the subject – London cafes: the surprising history of London’s lost coffee houses. There were about 25 in the group and we met on the steps of St Michael’s, Cornhill. In this churchyard the first coffee house was established. Matthew Green really knows his stuff...

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Dickens and London

Mar 13, 2012 by

I’ve been looking forward to Dickens and London at the Museum of London and I wasn’t disappointed. I had booked the 10 am slot so it was nice and quiet, giving me the space to linger where I liked. At the entrance to the exhibition are three large screens showing carefully selected photographs, sketches and maps brought together with an atmospheric sound track and blended through a smog. This is based on the sketch by Boz ‘The Streets – Night. ‘I was mesmerised by this and stood there totally absorbed for a good ten minutes. Collected together are a selection of artefacts, models, photos from the late 1800s, manuscripts and paintings, all with quotes from Dickens’ writings. I particularly loved the massive wooden inn sign c 1820 from the Bull and Mouth pub. Through his...

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