Guided walk around Charles Dickens’ London

The City, London

Dates and ticket price

Dates & Time:
5th October 2018 20th December 2019 Every Friday
2 PM to 3.45 PM
Tickets & Cost:
£10 per person
There's no need to book in advance -- just meet the guide outside the starting point at the City Information Centre opposite St Paul's Cathedral. The walk ends at Leadenhall Market

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Charles Dickens was the greatest London novelist of all-time. He had the best stories (Oliver Twist, Great Expectations, A Christmas Carol), the most memorable characters (Fagin, Ebenezer Scrooge), and some of the most atmospheric descriptions of street scenes ever written down.

How would you like to see some of the back-alleys, crowded courts and wet river stairs that he wrote about?

This guided tour will take you down some of the most memorable streets where Dickens paced on his nightly walks, trying to find some inspiration for his novels.

Highlights include the Commons Court where Dickens went to get his marriage licence. You'll see the spot where Nancy's fateful took place in Oliver Twist, and walk along the same street as Pip's "ravel of traffic" in Great Expectations. You'll also visit the Royal Exchange that featured in A Christmas Carol.

If you're interested in Charles Dickens then you'll definitely want to visit his old home in Doughty Street as well. He actually had lots of homes in the city, but the Charles Dickens Museum is the only one still standing. Craig's written a review of it on his blog, and included a few photos so you can see what it's like inside.

If you want to see an even scarier side of Victorian London then how about a scary Jack Ripper Tour instead? It's a totally different subject matter to Dickens, of course, but you'll still get to see the same sort of spooky back-alleys that Dickens loved to walk down.

If want to travel a bit further back in time, then how about a guided walk around Dr Johnson's London? Samuel Johnson was writing one century earlier than Dickens, and his walk will take you around the area of Fleet Street and Temple Bar.


> Talk about this event

> Craig’s review of The City – “I thought I'd just hang around The City today, the so-called "Square Mile". That's the bit inside the old city walls where all the big banks and financial institutions live. If you want to make some new friends then try catching the tube from Waterloo to Bank at half-8 in the morning -- when all the bleary-eyed businessmen and women are bustling off to work.… continued”

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