Jamaica Wine House

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Jamaica Wine House

Jamaica Wine House, known locally as "the Jampot", is located in St Michael's Alley, Cornhill, in the heart of London's financial district. It was the first coffee house in London and was visited by the English diarist Samuel Pepys in 1660.[1] It is now a Grade II listed public house[2] and is set within a labyrinth of medieval courts and alleys in the City of London.

Jamaica Wine House has historic links with the sugar trade and slave plantations of the West Indies and Turkey. There is a plaque on the wall which reads 'Here stood the first London Coffee house at the sign of the Pasqual Rosee's Head 1652.' Pasqua Rosée, the proprietor was the servant of a Levant Company merchant named Daniel Edwards, a trader in Turkish goods, who imported the coffee and assisted Rosée in setting up the establishment. The coffee house, which opened in 1652, is known in some accounts as The Turk's Head.[3][4][5]

The building that currently stands on the site is a 19th-century public house. This pub's licence was acquired by Shepherd Neame[6] and the premises were reopened after a restoration that finished in April 2009.

There is a wood-panelled bar with three sections on the ground floor, and downstairs an elegant restaurant.

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  1. ^ Monday 10 December 1660 (Pepys' Diary)
  2. ^ "Hand and Shears public house". National Heritage List for England. English Heritage. Retrieved 21 June 2014. 
  3. ^ Weinberg, Bennett Alan; Bonnie K.Bealer (2002). The World of Caffeine: The Science and Culture of the World's Most Popular Drug. Routledge. p. page 154. ISBN 0-415-92722-6. 
  4. ^ Wild, Anthony (2005). Coffee A Dark History. W. W. Norton & Company. p. 90. ISBN 0-393-06071-3. 
  5. ^ Cowan, Brian William (2005). The Social Life of Coffee: The Emergence of the British Coffeehouse. New Haven: Yale University Press. p. 94. 
  6. ^ Charity, Paul (30 March 2009). "Shepherd Neame acquires flagship pub". Retrieved 26 July 2011. 

Coordinates: 51°30′47″N 0°05′09″W / 51.5130°N 0.0857°W / 51.5130; -0.0857