on 17 November 2003
Anyone familiar with the landscape of London will be aware of the plethora of coffee shops which have emerged in the past ten years to become a fixture and meeting place on many high streets.
Coffee shops are a meeting place - where would an episode of "Friends" be without the sofa in Central Perk?
However, the coffee house is not a new phenomenon as this superbly researched book reveals. Looking back through the centuries Mr Clayton reveals fascinating facts about the contribution the coffee house as an institution has made to London's social history.
I particularly enjoyed the section on the coffee shops of fifties London - my parents had their first date in an expresso bar in Leicester Square where they were entertained by a young Tommy Steele - who also makes a fleeting appearance in this book.
A must read for anyone interested in the social history of this fascinating city.
on 15 November 2003
Anyone familiar with the landscape of London will be aware of the plethora of coffee houses which have emerged over the past ten years.
Antony Clayton's fascinating book shows how this is not a new phenomenon, exploring the history of coffee houses and how they have been used by the London populace over hundreds of years. The impact on the social landscape of London of these institutions has perhaps been underestimated in the past.
A great use of illustrations and photographs make this book a handsome and fascinating look at London's social history and, as someone whose parents had their first date in a Leicester Square coffee bar whilst listening to Tommy Steele I particulary enjoyed the section on the 1950's.
A great read for anyone interested in the history of London.