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Short description: A sojourn into a lost city – an Atlantis.
Long description: Dickens and London? "He knew it all," recalled a friend, and here are remarkable survivals from his life and works: Pip's lodgings in Great Expectations ("who enters here leaves noise behind") and the bank which employed "resurrection man" Jerry Cruncher in A Tale of Two Cities. Tulkinghorn's chambers ("where lawyers lie like maggots in nuts") from Bleak House, even the original Old Curiosity Shop (or is it?). Dickens' immortal Sam Weller had "extensive and peculiar" knowledge of London, and this walk continues the tradition. Tradition and peculiar being the watchwords. Here we thread our way into a London of nooks and crannies and alleyways and gas lamps and 18th- and 19th-century houses – and no cars! It's the London where Dickens lived and worked. It's the London of David Copperfield and Pip and Pickwick. It's "Inimitable" – like Dickens himself. And on a Dickens walk of all things you don't want a "guide" with the expressive range of a turtle. Step forward accomplished actors Richard III (he's Mr Jingle – yes, that's right, he's a member of the City Pickwick Club) and Richard IV (he of the thrilling, velvety voice, as all of those audiobooks he narrates for Audible eloquently attest).
The Charles Dickens' London Walk takes place every Friday at 2.30 pm. The meeting point is just outside the exit of TempleTube.
N.B. the Charles Dickens' London Walk ends very near Chancery LaneTube.
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If you can't make the regularly scheduled, just-turn-up, public Charles Dickens' London walks do think about booking one as a private tour. If you go private you can have the Charles Dickens' London Walk – or any other London Walk – on a day and at a time that suits your convenience. We'll tailor it to your requirements. And – always with private London Walks and tours – we go to great lengths to make sure the guide-walker(s) "fit" is well-nigh perfect. Ring Fiona or Noel or Mary on 020 7624 3978 or email us at email@example.com and we'll set it up and make it happen for you. A private London Walk – they're good value for an individual or couple and sensational value for a group – makes an ideal group or educational or birthday party or office (team-building) or club outing. Or indeed a fab present – be it a birthday or anniversary or get-to-know-your-new neighbourhood gift or Christmas present or whatever. Merchandise schmerchandise (gift wrapped or not) – but giving someone an experience, now that's special. Memories make us rich.
"Nah, don't need it, got it all here," you say. Er, roaming charges? Er, dead battery? Er, reading your phone in the bathtub and you drop it? [Smelling salts interval: sick as a parrot. ashen-faced.] Er, read the famous white leaflet in the bathtub and you drop it what do you do? Er, you dry it out. Anyway, maybe worth making a mental note that you can always pick up the famous white London Walks leaflet at the Cafe in the Crypt at St. Martin-in-the-Fields, the old church in Trafalgar Square. They're on the Information Table there, right by the box office. And indeed they also display them on the shop counter, right by the cash register. And it's win-win because the Cafe in the Crypt is one of the town's delights. Should be on everybody's London itinerary.