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).