Lead:  Samuel Johnson’s love affair with London was nurtured in taverns. He loved the company, fine food, lively conversations and intellectual stimulation found there. He once said, “the tavern chair was the throne of human felicity.”

Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: In eighteenth century London, coffee houses and taverns provided a social setting where one could broaden one’s intellectual horizons. Taverns served food and drink, most often being wine. Beer, for those slightly lower on the social pecking order, could be had at alehouses. People gathered for conversation and entertainment over dinner. Clubs and societies (many by invitation only) were organized and met regularly in taverns.