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Jamaica Wine House – site of London’s 1st coffee house.

Jamaica Wine House, a renovated pub located in St. Michael’s Alley, Cornhill, in the City is from the 19th Century.  However, it is located on the site of London’s first coffee house – potentially known as the Turk’s Head – which was established in 1652.  In Samuel Pepys’ diary his entry for 10-Dec-1660 references his visit to ‘the coffee house’ in Cornhill – his first visit there.  Most believe this to be the coffee house referenced in the diary.

Today:  The red stone building dates from 1869.  The interior wood-panelled bar and high ceilings evoke a Victorian character.  An antique coffee roaster from the 1800s is still on site.   Beer selections include various Kentish cask ales, as well as other more common brands. Downstairs is Todds Wine Bar, offering various wines and food items (mostly shareables).  For more information go to  

Hours: Mon-Fri 11-11, Closed Sat-Sun

Located at: St Michael’s Alley  London EC3V 9DS

Closest tubes: Bank or Monument.

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This entry was posted on May 15, 2012 by in City of London, Pubs of interest and tagged .
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