The repeal of the restrictive Corn Laws in 1846 brought further changes for London as a centre of trade and for the Baltic Coffee House specifically in that it heralded the start of the Baltic’s long relationship with the Greek market. Many Greek members were already prominent in the Subscription Room and some expanded their activities into the grain trade. The Baltic Coffee House became the centre for the grain trade and this was reflected in the Committee agreeing to raise the maximum number of members from 300 to 325 in 1854 as applications grew from merchants, brokers and shipowners.
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