In the late 19th
century, the only traffic was horsedrawn carts and pedestrians.
The only signs to be seen here are on the
curved facade of the Hotel Piccadilly and the corner of the London
Pavillion for the Piccadilly Restaurant.
Note that the Shaftsbury Memorial Fountain had a wall surround initially.
The Shaftsbury Memorial Fountain was erected in 1892–1893 to commemorate the works of Lord Shaftesbury,
who was a famous Victorian politician and philanthropist.
The statue by Alfred Gilbert is generally referred to as Eros but it in fact represents his twin brother Anteros.