A coffee house in New Palace Yard. Home of the Rota Club, a group formed for political debate.
Turk's Head Coffee-house, "the next house to the Stairs," New Palace Yard, Westminster. Here, about 1659, James Harrington's celebrated Rota Club met. Among the members were Cyriac Skinner, Major Wildman, and Sir William Petty. For them "was made purposely," says Aubrey, "a large oval table with a passage in the middle for Miles [the landlord] to deliver his coffee. About it sate his [Harrington's] disciples and the virtuosi. We many times adjourned to the Rhenish Wine-house."
---London, Past and Present. H.B. Wheatley, 1891.
Rota Club: http://www.pepysdiary.com/encyclopedia/30/
James Harrington: http://www.pepysdiary.com/encyclopedia/7047/
Maj. John Wildman: http://www.pepysdiary.com/encyclopedia/11895/
Sir William Petty: http://www.pepysdiary.com/encyclopedia/11895/
Chart showing the number of references in each month of the diary’s entries.