The original ROWLEY'S RESTAURANT, at 113 Jermyn Street, SW1 is in the actual building where the famous Walls meat business began.
In 1790, Richard Walls was apprenticed to a pork butcher in St James's Market. By 1807 the young man had learnt his trade well and had taken over from his master. From 1812 to 1901, the business claimed a long succession of Royal Appointments - from King George IV to King Edward VII. During this time, Richard's grandsons, Thomas and Frederick, took over the running of the business, in the eighteen hundreds, work began at 4 a.m. and Frederick, who lived with his family over the shop, would go through the cobbled streets to buy meat at Smithfield Market.
Equally busy was Thomas Wall, who in addition to his work in the butchery business, could be seen immaculately dressed in morning coat and silk hat, attending to his duties as the Councillor for the Borough of Westminster. He became a Victorian gentleman of appointment and importance.