Rose Red's Penny Univeristy
Restoration London, the coffee shop became the centre of London's social, political and business life. In the thriving economy and time of great change and a rising middle class, famous writers, politicians, ambitious businessmen, ship's captains, busy merchants and young clerks all frequented these cosy haunts of civilization. Here for a penny charge they read the newsletters and gazettes of the day which were included in the price, and looked at the bulletins of sales, sailings and auctions which covered all the walls. Most importantly, however, they discussed the latest news, conducted business negotiations, or conversed about politics or the latest literature. Here they were able to sit in comfortable, well-furnished surroundings, and smoke their pipes.The coffee shop was so important in London life of this time that Macauley called it 'the Londoner's home' and it was nicknamed 'the penny university' in a famous rhyme.
This group is for the disscussion of any and all subjects in a relaxed, coffee house type atmosphere.