J. Lyons & Co, Piccadilly Hotel, Paris 1889

J. Lyons & Co, Piccadilly Hotel, Paris 1889

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In 1894, Joseph Lyons and his brothers-in-law Montague and Isidore Gluckstein established a tea-shop in Piccadilly, London, that grew to become one of the UK’s most iconic hospitality businesses. As well as tea shops, there were Lyons’ Corner Shops, so named because they were on, or near, corners of busy thoroughfares in London. Noted for their Art Deco style, these buildings had food halls on the ground floor and themed restaurants, each with their own style and their own musicians on the upper floors. Some even had hairdressing salons and theatre booking agencies.

The trio of businessmen also established the high-class restaurant the Trocadero in London, and a grocery and food manufacturing company that sold teas, biscuits and cakes to grocery stores around the world. The company also ran high class hotels including the Lyons Piccadilly Hotel in Paris, In London the Strand Palace, opened in 1909, the Regent Palace, opened in 1915, and the Cumberland Hotel, opened in 1933. 

The top management of Lyons financed the University of Cambridge to build what Google's Eric Schmidt called "the world's first office computer" in 1951. These 'machines' were used across the company handling the company's accounts and logistics. Lyons also included the weather forecast to ensure goods carried by their "fresh produce" delivery vans were not wasted in large quantities. 

The company fell into decline in the 1960s and by the mid-1990s had been broken up and sold. 

*Courtesy UNLV Special Collections

Gallery quality Giclée print on natural white, matte, 100% cotton rag, acid and lignin free archival paper using Epson K3 archival inks. Custom printed with border for matting and framing.

All printed in USA.

Each product is accompanied by a copy of the interior menu where available.

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