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Millbank Prison

The Tate Gallery in London stands in the same spot where Millbank prison once was. It is rumoured the red bricks were taken from the old prison and repurposed in the building of the Tate Gallery.

Festoons and swags on Pall Mall

A potted history of the RAC club on Pall Mall. Housed in very grand buildings near to Buckingham Palace that were once used as the War Office, the RAC offers members an Edwardian marble swimming pool, Turkish baths, squash courts and chandeliered drawing rooms.

Garraway’s Coffee House: a new social space (coffee trail 2)

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.

Plague Fires

At the height of the Great Plague of London, great bonfires of rare herbs burn across the deserted city. Join Samuel Peyps in the midst of this hellish vision – a last-ditch attempt to stop the spread of disease.