Touring of the Thames River on the way to Greenwich to observe the meridian, we passed along the old Canary Wharf neighborhood. It was along this stretch that parts of Oliver Twist take place.

The ferry driver gave us a guided tour.

“This neighborhood was notorious, back in the day. All sorts of unsavory characters lived here. Scalawags. Ne’er-do-wells. Lay-abouts. Scoundrels. Estate agents.”

An estate agent is the equivalent of a real estate agent, in the UK.

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