COGER'S HALL. The name of a public-house in Bride-lane, Bridge-street, Blackfriars, where a set of politicians or thinkers collect at night in large numbers, and discuss the affairs of the State over porter, ale, and warm spirits and water. They derive their name of "Cogers" from the Latin cogito, and were first established in 1756. Admission gratis. You are not required to speak: but it is necessary to drink "for the good of the house."
Peter Cunningham, Hand-Book of London, 1850