VICTORIA STREET, WESTMINSTER, WITH THE ARMY AND NAVY STORES.
Victoria Street is a modern thoroughfare, stretching from Broad Sanctuary to the railway termini known as Victoria Station. It extends for more than a thousand yards, and is eighty feet broad. On either side are enormous buildings, ranging from five to eight storeys high, and consisting chiefly of residential flats. One monster block, on the south side, at about the middle, is occupied by the Army and Navy Stores, where innumerable people do nearly all their shopping; and there are invariably a row of carriages and a crowd of dogs waiting outside the entrance beneath the clock. The making of Victoria Street did away with a number of slums that gave Westminster a bad reputation, which now it no longer deserves.
source: The Queen's London : a Pictorial and Descriptive Record of the Streets, Buildings, Parks and Scenery of the Great Metropolis, 1896