Victoria station circa 1896: This view gives one a really capital notion of the general aspect of this West-end railway terminus, and also of the activity that characterises it at most hours of the days. The great building that is seen above the entrance to the London, Brighton, and South Coast Station is the Grosvenor Hotel, which has direct communication with the railway platforms. Straight up past the terrace of mansions indicated in the distance, Grosvenor Place leads to Hyde Park Corner, while sharp on the right Victoria Street leads through “Flat-land” to the Houses of Parliament and Westminster Abbey. The station yard here is also one of the great terminal stations for the omnibuses from all quarters of the Metropolis; and this, combined with the cab traffic, which is enormous – never fails to impress the visitor from the Continent with a sense of the bewildering energy of our mighty city. And, of course, this may be described as the station for Continental and foreign arrivals generally. On the right is seen the entrance to the Victoria Station belonging to the Metropolitan and District Railways, whereby one may reach any part of London. The connecting subway comes as a boon and a blessing to travellers not accustomed to crossing crowded thoroughfares. The fact that there are two distinct railway stations here, quite apart from that belonging to the District Railway, often leads to confusion. The two companies who each have a terminus here are the Chatham and Dover, and Brighton and South Coast lines.