Trocadero, London 1913
The Trocadero Grill Room in opened in 1896 as a less expensive option than dining at the Ritz or Savoy hotels. Diners entered from Shaftesbury Avenue, ascending a grand marble staircase, and were led into a vast grill-room.
A full orchestra played in the background as white-jacketed waiters scurried back and forth between tables, watched over by a superintendent. The great English humorist P.G. Wodehouse was a regular customer – he dined there at least once a week. Indian curries "cooked by a native chef" were on the menu three times a week.
The Trocadero, owned by Joseph Lyons and Co, was one of the first restaurants to introduce a fixed price meal – the table d’hote for two shillings and sixpence. It meant gentlemen in a rush could eat quickly before going off to business meetings or to the theatre and it proved very popular.
Courtesy Private Collection
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