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Boiled Withers & Horse Hoof Jelly - The "Banquet Hippophagique" At London's Langham Hotel, 1868

The Times of London has a wonderful Twitter feed @TimesArchive that digs up weird bits of history from 1785 to the present day.  Recently, following the horse meat in burgers scandal that hit UK supermarkets, Rose Wild (Archive Editor of The Times) posted this great cutting from 1868 about a Horse Dinner that was held at London's Langam Hotel - with some of the menu reprinted. As was reported, the menu "was prefaced by a bit of French philosophy - Les préjugés sont des maladies de l'esprit humain." Translation: Prejudices are the human spirit's sickness. We're still trying to find out what boiled withers are: Times Archive A more detailed description of the evening's events are recorded in this Marylebone Journal....

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A Star From Our Cocktail Collection: The Piccadilly Hotel, London

One of our favorite cocktail menus because of the clarity of the design – the graphics are wonderful and we love the clever illustration of the glass with the cherry at the bottom. The Piccadilly Hotel was built in London in 1908 and was one of the capital city’s most luxurious places to stay. There were 300 bedrooms, several top-class restaurants and Masonic Temples in the basement. Staff drew water from the property’s own well so guests did not have to drink from the city’s then-questionable public water supply. By the time a guest of the hotel could sip a Piccadilly Cocktail from this 1950s list, there were no concerns regarding the quality of the ice in one’s glass. The...

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Marketing the benefits of coffee... in the 1650s

 From Boing Boing: London’s first coffeehouse (or rather, coffee stall) was opened by an eccentric Greek named Pasqua Roseé in 1652. By 1663 there were 82 coffeehouses within the old Roman walls of the City. For more see this excellent article from the Daily Telegraph: London cafes: the surprising history of London's lost coffeehouses  

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