‘The Heart of the West End’, 1905

‘The heart of the West End – Piccadilly Circus, Coventry St. in the distance, London, England’

H. C. White & Co.


piccadilly west end

The scene has remained pretty much unchanged over the course of the last one hundred years. The London Pavilion in the background opened in 1859 and stands on the corner of Shaftesbury Avenue and Coventry Street. The famous Shaftesbury Memorial fountain was completed in 1893 and features a statue of Anteros by Alfred Gilbert (although the statue is often mis-named as Eros, Anteros’s brother). I wish we still had horse-drawn omnibuses even if they probably aren’t the fast way to get around London! It seems that absolutely everyone wore hats in those days.


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