Exmouth Market, London, EC1. Photo © Roger Dean 2013
London at Dinner, or Where to Dine – Anon., 1858:
Among the alleys and side-courts in and out of Cornhill, the British rump steak is furnished in primest condition, to be had nowhere else in the world. Nothing can surpass it for marrowy sweetness and tenderness, as you have it at half-a-dozen celebrated houses: Thomas’s, Simpson’s, &c., the cooks of which, standing before you in their paper-caps, and armed with weapons of office, may be said to represent the pillars of the Stock Exchange, for on them both Bull and Bear depend utterly for nourishment.
[The whole of the book from which the above excerpt was taken can be read at www.victorianlondon.org. R.D.]