Advert for the Horseshoe Restaurant
Medium: Print on paper
Before the middle of the 19th century, it was not thought acceptable for women to dine publicly in mixed company. This began to change after the Great Exhibition in Hyde Park in 1851. Tourists from around the world arrived in London and were appalled that they could not find somewhere to eat together. Slowly, new restaurants began to open in which couples could dine at the same table. By the 1880s, the trend for dining in restaurants was cemented among the middle and upper classes.