Walking Tours

I'm doing a Literary London Walk through Airbnb – a 3-hour experience featuring a ridiculous amount of famous writers; includes cream tea and entrance into The Dickens Museum. Click here for more info and to book. 

Or... here are some other options... 

Contact me at j.s.andrews2000@gmail.com to arrange a tour. We can spend between 90 minutes and 2 hours in the one of the London neighbourhoods I’ve listed below, or combine them to make a longer walk. If I’ve confused you with too much choice, contact me to discuss what would be the best tailored option.

Here's one of my reviews from TripAdvisor.

Two hour walk around the interesting neighborhood of Hampstead, never knew that so many painters, authors and other interesting people have resided or have lived in this great picturesque suburb of London. Our guide was informative , friendly and knowledgeable ...we will certainly be doing the others, a little different from the city ones. ScatsFamily June 2015

Highgate

Highgate is interesting for being an olde village with centuries-old Georgian homes and pubs; but it happens to be in bustling London town. Charles Dickens stayed and set much of David Copperfield here. Past locals include Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Gerard Manley Hopkins, John Betjeman, A.E. Housman, J.B. Priestley, Yehudi Menuhin and the Bloomsbury group's Roger Fry (and pop legend, George Michael!). There's also Highgate's atmospheric Victorian cemetery, inspiration to writers ranging from Bram Stoker to Neil Gaimon.

Chelsea

Features Oscar Wilde, Mark Twain, Charles Dickens, Thomas Wolfe, P.G. Wodehouse, Henry James. You can see where Ian Fleming wrote James Bond’s first adventure, and Bond's London address, and where another great spy novelist John le Carré set his stories. Other famous fictional characters created here include everyone's favourite honey-chasing bear, Winnie-the-Pooh.

Soho

Dickens set stories here, William Blake was born here, Oscar Wilde's favourite restaurant was here, crime writer Dorothy L Sayers was inspired by morbid facts here, and many hedonistic artists got drunk in famous literary pubs here over the centuries.
 
Covent Garden

Where a young child labourer called Charles Dickens used to work and look hungrily at the pineapples in the famous Covent Garden market, and where he later had his offices when he was a successful author. Where Henry Fielding wrote, and also found time to form London's first police force (indeed, the same police station where the Artful Dodger is brought to in Oliver Twist), where the wits of London used to meet, and where Jane Austen would stay when she'd visit London; and where you’ll find London’s oldest restaurant (quite the meeting place for the old literati) and oldest theatre.

Bloomsbury

Again, the life of Dickens can be traced in this neighbourhood, his modest beginnings (his father would move around Bloomsbury to avoid people he owed money too) to the large house he moved his family too after he found success. Of course the place lends its name to the Bloomsbury group, a group of friends and lovers who drank tea together here and ended up having quite an impact on the art of the twentieth century. You can see the homes of Virginia Woolf, her artist-sister Vanessa Bell and all their friends.

Marylebone and Baker Street

Baker Street has become a shrine to the world's greatest detective. We'll see the Sherlock Holmes museum, the real 221b Baker Street and the medical offices where Sir Arthur Conan Doyle started writing the stories.

Camden Town and Primrose Hill

This walk includes one of London’s most impressive panoramic views, the park where Dodie Smith lived and set 101 Dalmations, and Alan Bennet's house - where an old lady parked a van in the driveway and didn't leave for 20 years (inspiration for his play The Lady in the Van). Other literary figures include Dickens, William Blake, Silvia Plath, George Orwell and WB Yeats.




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