King’s Coffee House, Covent Garden Market. A common shed immediately beneath the portico of the church, “well known to all gentlemen to whom beds are unknown.” It was kept by a person of the name of Tom King, and forms a conspicuous object in Hogarth’s print of “Morning.” It is now swept away. “What rake is ignorant of King’s Coffee House?”- Fielding, Prologue to the Covent Garden Tragedy, 1732.

Source: A Handbook for London, Past and Present. Peter Cunningham. Published by John Murray 1849.

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