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The Arrival of Coffee

The story of how coffee of arrived in London, not from Italy or America, but from the Ottoman Empire in the seventeenth century. It tasted bitter, but also of Islam and the East. This is how England learnt to love the ‘wine of Islam’ and the ‘Vertue[s] of the Coffee Drink’.

Garraway’s Coffee House: a new social space

New coffeehouses brought not just a new drink to drink, but a new social space away from courts and universities. If you had visited in the late seventeenth century you would have heard financial deals and the latest news from across the globe. If you went to Garraway’s Coffee House in Change Alley, you may have also seen the latest scientific experiments, from tests on gases to animal dissections.

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St Anne’s, Limehouse – “28 Days Later” (2002)

In “28 Days Later” bike courier Jim awakens from a coma and finds himself in deserted London, beginning a walk that leads him to St. Anne’s church and the horrors inside.

The Everyday Heroes of Postman’s Park, A Brave Physician

Recounts the story of Samuel Rabbeth, a doctor at the Royal Free Hospital in Barnet, who, in 1884, lost his life while attempting to save a child in his care.