Pasqua Rosée, opened the first coffeehouse in London in 1652. The coffeehouse was located in St. Michael's Alley, Cornhill. However, Rosée opened his very first coffee shop in Oxford, England in 1651.
Pascal Rosée origin is not clear, however he "probably" was born to a Greek community of the republic of Ragusa and moved in Smyrna in Asia Minor in the early seventeenth century. In 1651 a merchant named Daniel Edwards, a member of the Levant Company and a trader in Turkish goods, encountered Rosée at Smyrna employed him as a manservant and brought him back to Britain.
Once there, Rosée set up the establishment, its sign a portrait of Rosée. However, local publicans in the highly regulated alehouse trade accused him of being an interloper, although it is unclear how successful this claim was. Nevertheless as he was not a freeman of the city of London he was debarred from any trade. However Daniel Edwards and his father-in-law, Alderman Thomas Hodges backed Hodges' apprentice, Christoper Bowman to become Rosée's business partner when he completed his apprenticeship and became freeman of the city of London on 22 February 1654.
Later Pascal Rosée moved to Paris where he opened the first Coffee shop in the French Capital on the Place Saint-Germain in the year 1672.
- The Printer's Devil Project: The Coffee House Archived 2013-08-01 at archive.today
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- Coffee House Tokens - Robert Thompson, London Numismatic Club, 3 October 2006
- Gately, Iain (2009). Drink: A Cultural History of Alcohol. New York: Gotham Books. p. 139. ISBN 978-1-592-40464-3.
- The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography 
- The Ladies' Repository, Volume 5; Volume 30; p. 249; Isaac William Wiley
- The World of Caffeine: The Science and Culture of the World's Most Popular Drug By Bennett Alan Weinberg, Bonnie K. Bealer
- British Muslim Heritage - The London Coffee House
- "The Vertue of the COFFEE Drink" - 1652 handbill, advertising St. Michael's Alley, the first coffee shop in London. It is held in the British Museum.
- Ellis, Markman (2011). The Coffee-House: A Cultural History. Orion. ISBN 978-1-78022-055-0.
- Jamaica Wine House, in the alley just off Cornhill, at the church of St Michael, occupies the Pasqua Rosée Coffee House site