"The very boot-blacks in the basement of Charing Cross Station"

The London Bootblack by Jules Bastien-Lepage
Creative Commons AttributionThe London Bootblack by Jules Bastien-Lepage - Credit: freeparking

Boot-blacks worked cleaning shoes, a poorly paid, unskilled job for which no education was necessary. Mr Vladimir uses the idea of this group knowing about Greenwich as proof of the universality of the information. Charing Cross Station sits on the Strand near Trafalgar Square.