Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London, SE1. Photo © Roger Dean
London by Day and Night; or, Men and Things in the Great Metropolis – David W. Bartlett, 1851:
[...] if the West End of London can show its proud and beautiful peeress, the East End has its pale factory or shop-girl, and the sight of some of these is enough to draw tears into any eyes. Imagine a girl of fifteen, with soft blue eyes, once merry perhaps, and a face white as snow, and long, thin, and trembling arms, a slight body and almost tottering steps. See how sad those young eyes are, which at so young an age should only know smiles, but in fact know only tears. The sight is as touching a picture, as any you can look at in any painting-gallery in London. The very poverty of her dress as it is neat, and even graceful, adds to the pathos of the sight. She turns those blue, tearful eyes up at you, as if she thought you of a different race from herself, belonging to another world, for you are well dressed, and have money and a look of pride, while she never knows what it is to sit down to a well-furnished table [...].