Experience Charles Dickens’ London
In Dickens’ book Little Dorrit, the title character was christened at St. George The Martyr Church. Built in 1734 it still stands today, opposite Borough Tube station. It even has a little café you can visit.
Borough High Street, SE1 1JA.
Borough Tube Station
The church was familiar to the young Dickens when his father was an inmate of Marshalsea Debtors Prison next door, the remaining wall of which can be seen in public park, St. George’s Churchyard Garden, just opposite off Tabard Street.
Fleet Street pub Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese was rebuilt shortly after the Great Fire of 1666. It was frequented by Dickens and was featured in A Tale Of Two Cities, when Charles Darnay recharges ‘with a good plain dinner and good wine.’
145 Fleet Street, EC4A 2BU.
Chancery Lane Tube Station
Dating from 1669, the City Of London’s Royal Exchange was the meeting and bartering place for the merchants of London in Dickens’ time. Now you can admire the architecture as you browse its high-end boutiques and cafés.
The Courtyard, EC3V 3LR
Bank Tube Station
Built in grand neoclassical style in 1776, Somerset House once housed government offices. Dickens’ father and uncle both worked there in the 19th-century. Today you can visit its exhibitions, cafés and restaurants. Strand, WC24 1LA.
Temple/Embankment Tube Station
Dickens lived on Doughty Street near Bloomsbury from 1837 until 1839. His former home was first opened to the public in 1925. Now called the Charles Dickens Musem it’s recently undergone a major refurbishment, so go along and check out all its improvements.
48 Doughty Street, WC1N 2LX.
Russell Square Tube Station
St. Paul’s Cathedral is mentioned in many of Dickens’ works. For example David Copperfield takes Peggotty to the top of St. Paul’s to enjoy its impressive views over London, which is something visitors still do today.
St Paul’s Churchyard, EC4M 8AD
St. Paul’s Tube Station
Visitors can reflect on the man and his work in Dickens’ final resting place at Poets’ Corner inside Westminster Abbey, where he was buried on 14 June 1870.
Broad Sanctuary, SW1P 3PA.
Westminster Tube Station