Hansom cabs and the Metropole Hotel, Northumberland Avenue - photograph

These hansom cabs and the four-wheeled 'Growler' cabs are in Northumberland Avenue. The Hotel Metropole, built in the mid-1880s to the designs of F and H Francis and J E Saunders, is in the background. When it was built it was considered one of the finest hotels in the world. The Metropole was popular with American tourists, and flourished partly because of its proximity to Charing Cross mainline station. It was used for banquets, balls and annual dinners by clubs and societies. It is now part of the Metropole buildings, used by the Ministry of Defence. Charing Cross station was the terminus for the boat trains to the Continent. Passengers could take a train to Dover, which connected to a ferry to France or Holland. The area was also the first point of entry for many travellers.
Production Date:
circa 1900
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Transport for London

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