Charles Dickens’s London

(9 customer reviews)

Embankment Tube, Villiers Street exit

Guided by Richard III or Richard IV

Walk Times

Day Walk Type Start Time End Time
Friday Weekly 2.30 pm 4.30 pm Winter Summer Reserve Online

N.B. this walk will not take place on the following dates:

03-02-2023 10-02-2023 17-02-2023 24-02-2023

Short read: A sojourn into a lost city – an Atlantis.

Long read: Dickens and London? He wrote London. You read him, it’s part of you, you’re part of it. Same goes for walking his London. Pip’s lodgings in Great Expectations (“who enters here leaves noise behind”); the bank which employed “resurrection man” Jerry Cruncher in A Tale of Two Cities; Tulkinghorn’s chambers (“where lawyers lie like maggots in nuts”) in Bleak House; even the “original” Old Curiosity Shop (or is it?).

Dickens’ immortal Sam Weller had “extensive and peculiar” knowledge of London. This walk keeps that tradition alive. Tradition and peculiar being the watchwords. Because 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 Dickens 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 Villiers Street exit of Embankment Tube. *Not Dec. 25


If you can’t make one of the regularly scheduled, just-turn-up, Charles Dickens's London it can always be booked as a private tour. If you go private you can have the Charles Dickens's 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. Ring Fiona or Noel or Mary on 020 7624 3978 or email us at [email protected] 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.


A private London Walk makes a fab gift – be it a birthday or anniversary or Christmas present or whatever. Merchandise schmerchandise (gift wrapped or not) – but giving someone an experience, now that’s special. Memories make us rich.


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9 reviews for Charles Dickens’s London

  1. Pete Brown

    Very interesting walk led by Richard. Lots of links about Dicken’s childhood experiences and influences and how his novels reflect his social conscience. He also touched on Dicken’s more tricky personal relationships especially with his wife and their acrimonious divorce. I’m now going to follow this up by a visit to the Dicken’s museum in London.

  2. John Cullerton

    We learned a great deal about Charles Dickens life story and the City of London on our walking tour with Simon. Simon is very entertaining and knowledgable of both Dickens and the city. Simon indicated that he was a fill-in for Richard, but his knowledge base was top notch. Very enjoyable walk on a beautiful London afternoon.

  3. Catherine Harrison

    I loved this tour with Simon. He is so knowledgable. He linked Dickens in with so many other relevant details. I learnt a lot and saw parts of London that are hidden gems. Thank you!

  4. Philip Haddow

    We did the Charles Dickens Walk with Simon on Friday and it was excellent. Lots of interesting facts delivered with passion and good humour.

  5. Judd Burton

    When booking a trip to London I knew I needed to see some sights of my most favorite author, Charles Dickens. Our guide Simon did not disappoint! Our whole family(kids included) had a wonderful time exploring the London of Dickens.

  6. Shona Lawson

    An absolutely fabulous tour today with Simon. I have seen parts of London and learned such interesting facts which I had no idea excised. I couldn’t recommend these tours highly enough. If you come to London do one of these tours you will not be disappointed.

  7. Rebecca M

    My family group really enjoyed Charles Dickens’s London with David P. He went at our pace and as a former Londoner I found out some things I didn’t know about the great city. I will definitely be reading a bit more Dickens in future. A lovely way to spend an afternoon in London.

  8. Phillip

    Walking with David today March 11th we were 8 in all. An enlightening walk on the subject of Charles Dickens with readings and some great interactive help fro one our walkers, a good Nancy from Oliver Twist if there ever was one. David kept us moving along and a jaunt through parts of the city made it most enjoyable.

  9. Ryan Burgin

    Excellent walk! I have done many of the London walks and this one ranked as one of the best. Simon was the guide for only two of us, which made it even more special. His knowledge of not only london, but of so much of London’s rich history was incredible, and he wove so many brilliant stories about Dickens own life as well as how his literary works imitated them. The whole tour passed so quickly and was such a pleasure to be a part of. I would do this and other walks led by Simon again for sure.

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