Cafe Royal, London, 1901.
A lovely photograph, this, and not necessarily for the Cafe Royal; Thierry Ltd, on the left, a boot and shoe makers has a lovely looking window display - but you’ll need to zoom in to be able to see it. The same goes for the ‘West End Clothiers’ on the right.
But, back to the Cafe Royal; you may notice that above the door is the word ‘Nicols’ just about visible if you enlarge the picture.
The Cafe Royal was originally opened by a French wine merchant named Daniel Nicholas Thevenon. Bankruptcy forced him to flee his native country in 1863 with only five pounds in cash to his name. Upon arriving in England he changed his name to Daniel Nicols, and in 1865, he and his wife, Celestine, purchased the cafe, hence the name above the door; ‘Nicols’