Meet by the big Christmas tree in Trafalgar Square | Map

Guided by David T. or Simon or Richard III or Mary

Merry Christmas Everyone!

The Charles Dickens Christmas Day walk starts at 2 pm. The meeting point is by the big Christmas tree in Trafalgar Square. (How appropriate is that?) N.B. the walk ends in Covent Garden, very near the Strand and Trafalgar Square. And yes, there are cafes and restaurants in the area that will be open on Christmas Day.

"I will honour Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year. I will live in the Past, the Present, and the Future. The Spirits of all Three shall strive within me [Charles Dickens]" Our afternoon walk is all about the man who some think invented Christmas – he didn't! He re-invented it! Before Dickens and his stories came along Christmas was a rather small celebration on the Christian calendar. It was Dickens whose words plumped, fluffed and sprinkled Christmas all over the world. So on Christmas afternoon we celebrate him, his words, his life, his London and his Christmas. A Christmas before Cola turned Santa red. A Christmas in the gaslight. A Christmas in London – Dickens' London.

We set our course by Dickens's life and books and influences and of course Christmas and Christmas traditions in the magic lantern of his town, his London. It's a delightfully Dickensian and detailed look at – an exploration of – the alleyways and Victorian hideaways off the Strand and Covent Garden districts, places rich in Dickensian lore and associations. Great Expectations, David Copperfield, Oliver Twist, Pickwick and co. all take their turn on this stage. Other highlights include London's finest Georgian alleyway and its sole surviving fragment of Victorian underworld (a dark and mysterious subterranean place "where one could easily be murdered with the placid reputation of having merely gone to the seaside"). Guided by David, Mary, Richard III, Simon, Mark, Stephen, Delianne and Paul.

A very special walk topped off by the fact that it's the one day of the year when there's virtually no traffic, meaning we have the streets to ourselves! 

Anything else? Yes, there are cafes and restaurants in the area that will be open on Christmas Day.

But let's give the last word to Tiny Tim: "God bless us, every one!"

CHRISTMAS DAY CHARLES DICKENS' LONDON WALK – THE PRACTICALS

The Charles Dickens Christmas Day walk starts at 2 pm. The meeting point is by the big Christmas tree in Trafalgar Square. (How appropriate is that?) N.B. the walk ends in Covent Garden, very near the Strand and Trafalgar Square. And yes, there are cafes and restaurants in the area that will be open on Christmas Day.