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.
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”
Hire a Boris Bike… and cycle around London – Every day – If weaving your way in and out of the busy London traffic on a hire bike sounds like fun, then how about hiring a 'Boris Bike' for the day?
11 — London’s cheapest sightseeing bus – Every day – If you don't fancy spending 25-30 pounds on an open-top sightseeing bus, then there's a much cheaper alternative — the No 11 bus.
City Highlights: The Top 10 sights – Every Mon, Wed and Sun – A two-hour guided walk around the Square Mile, showing you some of the most famous historical sites and buildings in the City of London.
Guided walk around Roman Londinium – Every Wed and Sat – Walk through the streets of Roman Londinium and see what remains of the old city walls, military fort and amphitheatre
The Original Tour — Open-top sightseeing bus – Every day – The Original Tour is one of London's most popular sightseeing buses, and it's also a great way to travel around the capital.
London Bus Tour — open-top sightseeing bus – Every day – This traditional open-top bus tour will take in all the best landmarks and attractions, with a free river cruise and guided walk.
TRS river cruise, from Big Ben to Greenwich – Every day – Spend a leisurely afternoon on a TRS river cruise from Big Ben to Greenwich, and see some of the sights along the river.
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Look for more guided tours in November
If you enjoy The City then you might like to visit Bank of England (you can walk it in less than 2 mins), Guildhall (you can walk it in 6 mins), Mansion House (you can walk there in less than 1 min), Royal Exchange (you can walk there in less than 1 min) and St. Paul’s Cathedral (you can walk it 10 mins)
Disclaimer: Event details can change at short notice and you should reconfirm everything before making plans