Advert for the Queen Victoria Cafe
Medium: Print on paper
At the beginning of the 19th century, cafes and restaurants of the type advertised here were cheap variations on the standard gentlemen's club. Men-only establishments, they tended not to serve food, but supplied beverages and newspapers to their clientele. With the industrial expansion of the mid-19th century, and the rise of the clerical and professional classes, the cafes became venues for working men to eat their midday meal. In larger towns and cities, there were as many as two or three in every street.
This cafe has been named after Queen Victoria. In 1887, Victoria's Jubilee year, this was a common practice, with many businesses changing their names to commemorate her reign.