Advert for the Charing Cross Vegetarian Hotel
Printer: Williams & Strahan
Medium: Printed Text
Vegetarianism became steadily more popular in the last decades of the 19th century. This trend was a function of a number of social changes around the time, including vocal anti-vivisectionist lobbies, a huge increase in the numbers of domestic pets, and the poor conditions in which many livestock were kept prior to slaughter. Vegetarian restaurants such as this one became fairly common in English towns and cities, particularly London. The food tended to be rather spartan fare, however, consisting mostly of combinations of bread, oats and potatoes.