Advert for the Temple Hotel
Medium: Print on paper
The opening of new railway lines throughout England in the 19th century led to the establishment of hotels with restaurants for the public as well as guests. Following the initial success of these establishments, traditional city hotels began to offer this service as standard, with separate dining rooms for men and women.
This hotel near Charing Cross Station in London offered rooms to gentlemen but does not mention women. This suggests it was a male-only establishment. Hotels were richly decorated and fitted with the most up-to-date technology such as electric lighting, rest rooms with running water, and private toilets.