Coffeehouses were key centres of sociability in eighteenth-century Britain. They played an important role both as real spaces for social interaction and as virtual places in which normative ideals of urban and polite sociability were imagined.
Covent Garden

Covent Garden

Covent Garden lay at the heart of the eighteenth-century metropolis, beside the major route between the Court and aristocratic Westminster to the west and the commercial City of London to the east.
Hôtel d'Angleterre

Hôtel d'Angleterre at Calais (The)

SCHMID Susanne
The Hôtel d'Angleterre at Calais with its proprietor Monsieur Dessein, which appears at the beginning of Laurence Sterne's Sentimental Journey (1768), is by no means a fictitious space but was a well-known institution, popular among English travellers to the continent, who praised the quality of accommodation, architecture, and service.

Société Olympique (and its concert)

PAYEUR Camille
Cette notice sur la Société Olympique, dont le concert fut en activité à Paris de 1786 à 1789, a pour objectif de présenter la particularité de cette institution musicale parisienne entièrement financée par une organisation maçonnique.
Parish churches

Parish churches

Parish churches have provided key places of sociability from the Middle Ages to the present. Particularly in premodern times, when attendance was expected if not mandatory, they accommodated members of both sexes, different age groups and representatives of poorer as well as more prosperous inhabitants.
The Portraitist's Studio

Portraitists' studios

As British portrait painters’ working spaces evolved from craftsmen’s workshops into painting rooms supplemented with exhibition rooms and fitted out to accommodate Society patrons, they became places of intense sociability.