Advert for Pound's Coffee & Dining Rooms
Printer: Frederick Shaw & Co
Medium: Print on paper
Coffee shops were imported to Britain in the 17th century from Turkey, where they had been a cultural epicentre since at least the 15th century. British coffee shops were lively, noisy and dynamic meeting places for merchants, as well as an informal environment for professionals such as doctors and scientists to trade information and discoveries. By the 19th century, the coffee house had been replaced somewhat in popularity by gentleman's clubs (which were strictly for the wealthy) and taverns or restaurants, such as this one.