The overlays that highlight 17th century London features are approximate and derived from Wenceslaus Hollar’s maps:

Open location in Google Maps: 51.514021, -0.087220


From Clubs and Club Life in London, published 1899:

This noted house, which faced the north gate of the old Royal Exchange, was long celebrated for the excellence of its soups, which were served at an economical price, in silver. One of its proprietors was, it is believed, John Ellis, an eccentric character, and a writer of some reputation, who died in 1791.

This 18th century map positions the northern entrance of the Royal Exchange as being opposite Bartholomew Lane, so I’ve assumed this tavern was close to that.

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Chart showing the number of references in each month of the diary’s entries.


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