Would you believe that the coffee houses of London were once places of intellectual and life-changing debate, rather than just a second home for flat white-sipping berks with MacBooks? Probably not, and that’s why historian and writer Dr Matthew Green is offering to take you on a unique tour of the capital to visit the city’s best historic and modern coffee establishments. The event, taking place on October 12, will see passengers board a beautiful green vintage Routemaster bus, before setting off from the Idler Academy in Notting Hill to explore the dark, extraordinary origins of coffee.
You’ll then have the chance to visit booksellers’ coffee houses around St Paul’s, Daniel Defoe and Dr Johnson’s favourite haunts on Fleet Street and the scientific coffee houses in the Temple where Sir Isaac Newton and all those other enlightenment types would hang out and rock the world of science. You’ll then head north to explore Covent Garden’s literary houses and the 1950s and ’60s espresso bars of Soho where British rock ‘n’ roll came to life, before admiring the opulent coffee houses of Mayfair. The journey will come full circle back at the Idler Academy, but not before you’ve had the chance to stop by at Don Saltero’s unique riverside coffee house in Chelsea, with its exotic taxidermy and crocodiles mounted on the walls.
For more details and to book your place go to unrealcityaudio.co.uk