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A superbly researched and riveting read!,
This review is from: London's Coffee Houses (Hardcover)
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.