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A historical directory of the commercial brewers of London from circa 1650

Mike Brown
"We are not here to sell a parcel of boilers and vats ..."
"When a man is tired of life ..."

Dr Johnson sagely knew the value of beer to his beloved London Town Now discover the firms and the characters who brewed it. This work represents over 10 years of careful and painstaking research into the brewing firms that operated in the capital over the past 350 or so years. Some of the names are very, very familiar and the Author gives an objective report on their development. Perhaps even offering a different history to that recorded in their own biographies! The Author tracks each brewer, showing dates and presenting well researched facts. Many of the individual histories are illustrated with adverts, labels and photographs, some in colour. You can find out about more about the names that only just remain in the collective consciousness, names such as Mann, Calvert, Hammerton, Huggins and Hoares. An essential book for all those interested in brewing, beer and all things London. An A4 softback, 426 pages, with many illustrations in black & white and colour. The most comprehensive directory of London breweries anywhere. Includes an index of over 17 pages with over 5,600 entries.
The Roadhouse Comes to Britain: Drinking, Driving and Dancing,

David W. Gutzke & Michael John Law
This is the first book to examine the cultural phenomenon of the roadhouse in mid 20th-century Britain and its impact on British leisure. The term 'roadhouse' was used in varied ways in the 1930s, from small roadside tearooms to enormous establishments on the outskirts of major cities. These roadhouses were an important component in the transformation of leisure in the 1930s and beyond, reflecting the increased levels of social and physical mobility brought about by new technologies, suburbanisation and the influence of American culture. Roadhouses attracted wealthy Londoners excited by the prospect of a high-speed run into the countryside. During the day, they offered family activities such as tennis, archery, horse riding and swimming. At night, they provided all the fun of the West End with dancing, classy restaurants, cabaret, swimsuit parades and dance demonstrations, subverting the licensing laws to provide all-night drinking. Rumours abounded of prostitution and transgressive behaviour in the car park. Roadhouses formed part of an imaginary America in suburban Britain that was promoted by the popularity of American movies, music and fiction, providing a pastiche of the American country club. While much work has been done on the Soho nightclubs of the 1930s, the roadhouse has been largely ignored. Michael John Law and David Gutzke fill this gap in the literature by providing a comprehensive analysis of the roadhouse's cultural meaning, demonstrating how Americanisation was interpreted for British consumers. This original and engaging study will be fascinating reading for all scholars of 20th-century British cultural history.
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