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Literary Landmarks in London - Private Walking Tour

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Duration: 8 hours
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  • This tour is entirely flexible, your guide will help you create your perfect day

This tour of London with a private Blue Badge Guide is a must for the literary enthusiasts. Witness British Literature come alive as you trace the steps of the great writers whose works have left an indelible mark in the sands of time and influenced thoughts and ideas across the globe. Visit the taverns frequented by Charles Dickens and Oscar Wilde. Explore the place where Chaucer’s characters in Canterbury Tales set out for their pilgrimage and see the Globe Theatre a place synonymous with Shakespeare, the greatest playwrights of all times.


On this private tour your guide will meet you at your hotel at 0930h (09:30am). You will travel to the Southwark by London Underground and the remainder of the tour will be carried out on foot. (The itinerary can be adapted and stops for refreshments and shopping can be made based on your requirements).

Southwark is where Chaucer’s characters in the Canterbury Tales set out on their pilgrimage. In the area you can also visit Borough Market, home of Bridget Jones, where she wrote her famous fictional diary. Walk along the banks of the Thames to see the reconstructed Globe Theatre and enter the world of Shakespeare.

Cross the River Thames by the Millennium Bridge and visit a tavern, which was once frequented by Charles Dickens, Oscar Wilde and many other famous writers. Also hidden in these quiet city alleys discover the house of Dr Johnson, where the great man compiled the first dictionary.

In Bloomsbury, see the building which inspired the Ministry of Truth in Orwell’s 1984 and hear of Virginia Woolf’s literary circle “who lived in squares and loved in triangles”. You can also visit one of Dickens’ homes, now a museum, where the creaking floorboards once echoed to his footsteps.

Round off the day with a visit to the manuscript treasures of the British Library.

At the end point of the tour (flexible based on what you decide to see) your guide will escort you to the nearest underground station and ensure you know how to get back to your hotel. The tour ends at 1730h (5:30pm).

Please note
Please call the local activity operator at least 24 hours prior to the start of the tour to confirm the departure details.
  • Guided tour with an English-speaking Blue Badge Guide throughout the day (Blue Badge is UK’s highest guiding qualification awarded after rigorous training and examination).
  • Hotel pick up
  • London Underground fare
  • Optional visit to the Globe Theatre GBP 9 payable on the day
  • Optional visit to Dr Johnsons House GBP 4.50 payable on the day
  • Optional visit to Dickens House Museum GBP 5 payable on the day
  • Refreshments
What happens after I book?
  • A booking voucher will be sent to you by email
  • Print all pages of the voucher
  • Present the voucher at the tour start point or attraction entrance
Activity schedule
When does it run?
8 hours
Start time
0930h (09:30am)
Meeting point
Your hotel in London. (Please advise your hotel at the time of booking. If you do not have this information now, please contact the local activity operator 24 hours prior to the start of the tour with these details).
Ending point
Nearest underground station
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Additional information
The itinerary can be adapted to suit personal preference.
Stops for refeshments and shopping can be made based on the customer's requirements.
The guide has been awarded the London Blue Badge, the UK’s highest guiding qualification awarded after rigorous training and examination.
Contact details for the local activity operator will be found on your confirmation voucher
Dos & Don'ts
This is a walking tour - Do wear comfortable shoes

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