Top 10 Coffee Houses of Early Modern England

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After the first coffee house popped up in London in 1652, their popularity exploded; by the early eighteenth century, there were close to 3,000 in London. Here’s a look at some of the best, the worst and the most notorious coffee houses of Early Modern England.

Places to See: Dickens Walking Tour (Borough)

This is my review of the Dickens Walking Tour (Borough).

Places to See: Hogarth House

Looking for a place to visit while in London but don’t have a lot of time? Visit Hogarth House. The home of famed English satirist, painter and engraver, William Hogarth.

REVIEW: Nelson, Navy, Nation at the National Maritime Museum

A review of the Nelson, Navy, Nation exhibit at the National Maritime Museum.

REVIEW: Ships, Clocks and Stars: The Quest for Longitude

A review of the National Maritime Museum’s fascinating exhibit, Ships, Clocks and Stars: The Quest for Longitude.

Fighting elections with cats and dogs in 18th-century London

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Modern politicians may feel they have it tough – but they should thank their lucky stars they weren’t standing for election in the Westminster constituency in 1741. On that occasion, angry voters pelted the candidates and the tellers with dead cats and dogs, dirt, stones and sticks.

Things to See in London: Georgians Revealed – Life, Style and the Making of Modern Britain

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The Georgians Revealed exhibit currently running at the British Library until March.

CONFERENCES: Bookend Brides – Tudor Queens First and Last

What did it mean to be a queen consort in the 1540s? What did it mean to be a Queen consort at the end of the Middle Ages? Four authors: Linda Porter, Vanora Bennett, Elizabeth Fremantle and Joanna Hickson, examine the lives of Catherine of Valois and Catherine Parr.

Sutton House: A Tudor brick home through the centuries

My visit to Sutton House, a Tudor brick home in East London, in Hackney.

Apsley House – Home of the Duke of Wellington

My first solo stop – The Duke of Wellington’s house in London, England. A national treaure.

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