Piccadilly Circus circa 1896: The photograph from which this view was reproduced was taken from the corner of Piccadilly. Immediately on our right is the lower section of Regent Street. A little further along, opposite the London Pavilion, is the well-known Criterion Restaurant, in whose spacious saloons one may rub shoulders with the representatives of every civilized nation, and under whose roof is also included the Criterion Theatre. The most prominent building in this view is the London Pavilion, one of the most important of the Metropolitan variety theatres. To tread the stage of the London Pavilion is the loftiest professional ambition of the average music-hall artiste; and at this house the ‘programme’ is usually filled with the names of variety stars of the first magnitude. Behind the London Pavilion is the Trocadero Music Hall, which has experienced many vicissitudes and is now closed. In Piccadilly Circus, between Piccadilly and the Quadrant, Regent Street, is the beautiful bronze Shaftesbury Memorial Fountain, the work of Mr Alfred Gilbert. The winged figure on top is of aluminium.