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Charles Dickens Old London - A Private Tour

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Treat yourself to a private and bespoke tour at your own pace to the sites immortalised by one of the most famous authors in the world, Charles Dickens. This tour takes you on a journey through Dickens life, and to the very sites that still survive much as he would have remembered them. Your guide will bring to life the Hidden Courts, Alleys and Taverns featured in novels such as Oliver Twist, The Old Curiosity Shop, Little Doritt and many more. The tour includes free entry to the Charles Dickens Museum located in the very house he wrote Oliver Twist, Nicholas Nickleby and The Pickwick Papers.
• See the places Charles Dickens lived and worked
• Real locations featured in the stories 
• Includes free entry to Charles Dickens Museum
• Explore hidden Alleys, Courts, and Taverns
• A private tour at your leisure - No rushing or strict schedule!
• Met direct at your London accommodation
• Includes hidden sites

About This Deal

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Stop At: The Marshalsea Prison, Angel Pl, London SE1 1JA, UK

The tour begins in the area where a young Charles Dickens spent some of his childhood. A time and place that would haunt the author for the rest of his life. He later used this area as the main setting in the novel Little Doritt. We will tour all the back streets and discuss Dickens early family life.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Crossbones Graveyard, Redcross Way Southwark, London England

To highlight the poverty and desperate conditions that Dickens often based his works upon, we will make a stop at Crossbones Graveyard.

This is a former burial ground for the outcasts of society deemed unsuitable for a proper Christian burial. Mainly prostitutes and their illegitimate children. Ironically enough these prostitutes were licenced by the Bishop of Winchester, and known as the Winchester Geese.

In Dickens time it was said that after a storm or heavy rain, bones would stick out of the ground, eventually leading to the site being closed. It was rediscovered in the 1990's, and now offers a place of peace and memorial to those outside of social conventions.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: George, 75 Borough High St, London SE1 1NH, UK

London's only surviving galleried Inn, and often referred to as 'Shakesperes local' as the famous bard is said to have performed plays in the courtyard.

Charles Dickens was also known to drink at the Inn and most famously mentions the historic Tavern in Little Doritt .

One of London's oldest and most historic pubs.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Borough Market, 8 Southwark Street, London SE1 1TL England

We will walk through the world famous Borough Market and head to the steps where Nancy waited for Mr Brownlow in Oliver Twist.

It may be hard to resist all the pleasant smells coming from the food stalls on the market, but feel free to have a browse.

There has been a market on this site since the 1400's and it would have been a lively place Dickens knew well.

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: London's Original and All-Inspiring Coffee House, St Michael's Alley, London EC3V 9DS, UK

Let's get off the beaten path and head deep into the world of Ebeneezer Scrooge and 'A Christmas Carol' as we visit Scrooge's Counting House, the place where he took supper on Christmas Eve, and Charles Dickens favourite Chop House the George and Vulture.

If Dickens was on this tour with us, he would be able to go in to the George and Vulture, find his favourite table, and even order his favourite meal. Not a lot has changed.

This atmospheric old tavern was the meeting place of the Pickwick Club and is mentioned over 20 times in the Pickwick Papers.

The equally unchanged Tavern round the corner, Simpsons is most likely Scrooge's favourite eating spot. Your guide will explain why!

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Leadenhall Market, Gracechurch Street, London EC3V 1LR England

Featured in A Christmas Carol, and most recently as a filming location for the Harry Potter Movies.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Royal Exchange Building London, Threadneddle St Mansion House, London England

Right next to the Bank of England, the Royal Exchange is where the Ghost of Christmas yet to come takes Scrooge to see his colleagues discussing his funeral. The steps of the Exchange are the traditional spot where Royal announcements are made.

Today you can cross the trading floor, but the bankers are long gone. Now designer shops, and Champagne bars attract the visitors attention.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese, 145 Fleet St, London EC4A 2BP, UK

A Tavern with Cellars dating to the 13th Century. This Pub was a haunt of Dickens and a meeting place for the Hellfire Club. David Copperfield drinks here in the Novel of the same name.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Old Curiosity Shop, 13-14 Portsmouth Street, London WC2A 2ES England

This Tudor building was already 300 years old when Dickens wrote about it. Amazingly it still stands surrounded by buildings of the modern world. Imortalised by Dickens as The Old Curiosity Shop.

Then we will walk through the areas a young Dickens worked and lived, and the location of Fagins Den in Oliver Twist.

Stop At: Inner Temple, London EC4Y 7HL England

Let's explore the area where Dicken's worked as a junior Clerk. From the mysterious Inns of Court he took inspiration that would later find it's way in to David Copperfield, Great Expectations, and Martin Chuzzlewit.

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Charles Dickens Museum 48 Doughty Street, London WC1N 2LX England

The tour ends at the Charles Dickens Museum. This was the Authors home from 1837, and from these rooms Charles Dickens released Pickwick Papers and Oliver Twist. Your tour includes entry to the house.

Duration: 1 hour

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Guidance and requirements made by the UK Government will be followed at all times in relation to social distancing.
  • Hotel/port pickup and drop-off
  • Private tour
  • Professional guide
  • Entry/Admission - Charles Dickens Museum

  • Food and drinks

3 to 4 hours

Return Details
Charles Dickens Museum, 48-49 Doughty St, London WC1N 2LX, UK

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