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This walk will focus on the places that inspired Oliver Twist.
Charles Dickens was well-known for spending hours wandering through the streets of London, sometimes in the grimiest and most dangerous of places, remembering all he saw and heard for use in his novels.
It was in 1837, whilst he was living in 48 Doughty Street (now the Charles Dickens Museum), that he did this for Oliver Twist. Now you can follow in his footsteps and explore the streets near his home, seeing all the places that inspired him to write his most famous novel of all.
You will see the area where Oliver is accused of robbing Mr Brownlow at a bookstall. You will walk the same streets which once housed some of the worst Victoria slums in London, and where Dickens placed Fagin's den of thieves. You will hear stories about pickpockets, prostitutes and murderers, and see the spot where his courts, prisons and executions took place.
Craig’s review of Charles Dickens Museum – “Charles Dickens seems to have moved house every five minutes, but the Charles Dickens Museum is the only London one left. It's from a time when he was still making a name for himself. He worked on The Pickwick Papers, Oliver Twist and Nicholas Nickleby here, but was still years away from creating A Christmas Carol, David Copperfield and Great Expectations. He would ha… continued”
Somerset House Historical Highlights – Every Thu and Sat – This tour has tales about Tudor intrigues and the extravagant entertainments laid on during Georgian times
Guided walk around Charles Dickens’ London – Every Fri – This guided walk will take you around some of the most memorable streets and locations that Charles Dickens used in his novels.
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.
Mansion House: The Lord Mayor’s Residence – Every Tue – Look inside the Lord Mayor of London's official residence at Mansion House and see the interior courtyard and famous Egyptian Hall.
Guided tour of Wren’s best churches – Every Tue and Thu – This guided walk will look at the outside of St Pauls Cathedral and at a selection of Christopher Wren's finest City churches
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
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If you enjoy Charles Dickens Museum then you might like to visit Dr. Johnson’s House (walk it in 16 mins or catch the tube from Russell Square to Temple), 18 Stafford Terrace (catch the train from Russell Square to High Street Kensington) and Sherlock Holmes Museum (catch the train from Russell Square to Baker Street)
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