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St Michaels Alley, Cornhill, EC3V 9DSWEBSITE
Tucked away in St Michael's Alley, part of a labyrinth of charming medieval courts and alleys off Cornhill and Lombard Street, the Jamaica Wine House was originally London's first coffee house, which opened in 1652 and counted Samuel Pepys among its earliest patrons.Open from Monday to Friday, the pub, known locally as "the Jampot", is the perfect venue for City workers to meet or to relax and for tourists to soak up the atmosphere and history of the Square Mile. The red stone building you see today dates back to 1869 and its wood-panelled bar and high ceilings retain their Victorian character and many original features the pub even has the original 19th century cooker used to roast coffee beans. As well as City folk, who love to gather in the alley outside on warm evenings after work, the pub is also a haunt of bell-ringers and walking tours. The Jamaica Wine House serves a wide selection of traditional Kentish cask ales, kept in perfect condition, as well as distinctive international lagers and a good choice of wines. Featured in the Michelin Guide 2010, the pub has won a Safety Thirst award from the City of London.
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