Charles Dickens lived at 18 Bentinck Street (off Manchester Square) for a while in 1833. During that year he worked as a newspaper reporter at Doctors' Commons, and in the "gallery" of the House of Commons, where he was very successful, partly because of being an expert shorthand writer, with the ability to record very accurately. In his spare time, he
studied diligently at the British Museum, using the books in the library. Lots more in my Talk on the 27th.