The Criterion (established 1874) is a real restaurant on Piccadilly Circus in London. Edith Crawley meets Michael Gregson at the Criterion for dinner. She tells Michael that she never could have eaten at a public restaurant before the war, although her mother would allow the Ritz on very rare occasions.
While they are here, Michael reveals his plans to become a German citizen so he can divorce his wife and marry Edith. Edith and Michael then share their first kiss.
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|Series 4||Episode 1
|Episode 2||Episode 3||Episode 4||Episode 5||Episode 6||Episode 7||Episode 8||Christmas Special|
|Series 6||Episode 1||Episode 2||Episode 3||Episode 4||Episode 5||Episode 6
|Episode 7||Episode 8||Christmas Special|
Behind the Scenes
The Criterion Restaurant is an opulent restaurant complex facing Piccadilly Circus in the heart of London and exists to this day. It was built by architect Thomas Verity in Art Nouveau style for the partnership Spiers and Pond who opened it in 1873. Apart from fine dining facilities, it has a ballroom, bar and theatre.