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Mark Smith  •  Link

There were several Coffee Houses in Pepys' time around the Royal Exchange and it is most likely that Pepys will have visited many of them during the period he was writing his diaries. The question is how to best differentiate between them in the different diary enties.

Some of the most celebrated Coffee Houses close to the Exchange were the Sultaness Head Coffee House, Pasqua Rosée & Bowman’s Coffee House and Great Coffee House (or Morat’s Coffee House at the sign of the Turk’s Head). The latter was located in Exchange Alley and is almost certainly the one mentioned in Pepys’ diary entry for 28th May 1663.

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