'In London and all over Europe, “coffeehouses” ...these coffeehouses drew intellectuals like professors or students from universities like Oxford and Cambridge. For a penny, people could buy a cup of coffee and listen to these great minds discuss the state of the world or whatever field they were an expert in.
Essentially, you could get free lectures in all sorts of topics. Historians say that these coffeehouses eventually led to a massive literacy spike that also resulted in hundreds of new newspapers all over Europe.' -http://listverse.com/2013/02/23/top-10-reasons-the-18th-century-was-awesome/
Hogarth's St John's Coffee House
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