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Advert for the Coffee and Dining Rooms on Little Essex Street in London

Advert for the Coffee and Dining Rooms on Little Essex Street in London

Printer: Unknown

Medium: Print on paper

Date: 1885

Shelfmark: Evan.5385

Item number: 5385

Genre: Leaflet

Before the 19th century, coffee shops were men-only establishments: a slightly declassé forerunner of the gentleman's club. They were places men could go for tea or coffee, to read the newspaper, or to engage in conversation about business or public affairs. By the middle of the 19th century, these coffee shops began more and more to resemble small modern cafes, serving working men with cheap and wholesome food at lunchtime.

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