Lloyd's Coffee House
Lloyd's Coffee House was a coffee shop in London opened by Edward Lloyd (c. 1648–15 February 1713) originally on Tower Street in around 1688. The establishment was a popular place for sailors, merchants and shipowners, and Lloyd catered to them with reliable shipping news. The shipping industry community frequented the place to discuss insurance deals among themselves. The dealing that took place led to the establishment of the insurance market Lloyd's of London, Lloyd's Register and several related shipping and insurance businesses.
Just after Christmas 1691, the coffee shop relocated to Lombard Street. Merchants continued to discuss insurance matters here until 1774, long after Lloyd's death in 1713, when the participating members of the insurance arrangement formed a committee and moved to the Royal Exchange on Cornhill as the Society of Lloyd's.
Traces of the coffee house
The 17th century original shop frontage of Lloyd's Coffee House is owned by Lloyd's of London and has been re-erected on display at the National Maritime Museum. A blue plaque in Lombard Street commemorates the coffee house's second location (now occupied at ground level by a supermarket).
Organisations named after the coffee house
The following is a list of organisations named after Lloyd's Coffee House:
- Austrian Lloyd, which could be
- Germanischer Lloyd, Germany
- Hapag-Lloyd, transportation, Germany
- Hapag-Lloyd Express, airline, Germany
- Hapag-Lloyd Flug, airline, Germany
- Lloyd Aéreo Boliviano, airline, Bolivia
- Lloyd's List and Lloyd's List Intelligence (formerly Lloyd's MIU), shipping news, London
- Lloyd's of London, insurance, London, and the Lloyd's Agency Network they created
- Lloyd's Register, risk assessment and mitigation services and management systems certification (originally maritime), London
- Norddeutscher Lloyd, shipping, Germany, and the Lloyd (car) created by a subsidiary, and the Lloyd Werft dockyard they also own
- P&O Nedlloyd (incorporating Nedlloyd)
- Palmer, Sarah (October 2007). "Lloyd, Edward (c.1648–1713)". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/16829. Retrieved 16 February 2011.
- "Lloyd's Coffee House frontage. On loan from Lloyd's of London". portcities.org.uk. Retrieved 9 June 2011.
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