Let London enthral you as it has generations of writers. Follow in their footsteps as you explore Literary London with your own personal guide.
See where famous authors lived and worked and discover the neighbourhoods that inspired them.
Hidden in the quiet city alleys discover the house of Dr Johnson, where the great man compiled the first dictionary. Visit a historic pub once frequented by Charles Dickens, Oscar Wilde and many other famous writers. Then on to one of Dickens’s homes, now a museum where the creaking floorboards once echoed to his footsteps.
In Bloomsbury we see the building which inspired the Ministry of Truth in Orwell’s 1984 and hear of Virginia Woolf’s literary circle “who lived in squares and loved in triangles.” We can visit the manuscript treasures of the British Library or highlights of the British Museum.
A full day Literary Tour would start in Southwark, where in the Canterbury Tales, Chaucer's characters set out on their pilgrimage. We visit Borough Market, home of Bridget Jones where she writes her famous fictional diary, and make our way to the Globe Theatre and the world of Shakespeare, before joining the itinerary above.
Alternatively, enjoy a Dickens Tour, exploring the places he lived and worked and which feature in his novels. Starting from Embankment we trace his early life in Warren's Blacking Factory, through the legal areas of Temple and Lincoln's Inn. En route we encounter many of his famous characters and the atmosphere of the places associated with them. We will finish at the Dickens House Museum.