Their story begins on ground level. —Michel de Certeau, The Practice of Everyday Life, trans. Steven Rendall (Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 1984), 97.

Arrival on Wellington Street

Just off the Strand, leading up to Covent Garden from Waterloo Bridge, is a relatively insignificant street called Wellington Street. In the 1847 edition of John Tallis’s serial publication London Street Views, we see it as just a tributary of the Strand, leading off from the main drawing into a less-detailed distance.1 Tallis’s use of perspective affords us a tantalizing glimpse of the street, but does not allow us to look down it fully (Figure I.1).