Charles Dickens’s London

(17 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

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. Oliver Twist, A Christmas Carol, Little Dorrit – all part of English literature. 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 Dickensian London. This walk keeps that tradition alive. Tradition and peculiar being the watchwords. Because we thread our way into a Victorian London of nooks and crannies and alleyways and gas lamps and 18th- and 19th-century houses – and no cars! It’s the part of London where Dickens lived and worked: Chancery Lane, Gray’s Inn, Holborn, Doughty Street, River Thames, London Bridge and St Paul’s Cathedral. It’s the London of David Copperfield and Pip and Pickwick papers. It’s “Inimitable” – like Dickens himself. And on a Dickens tour 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).


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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 Underground Station  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 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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17 reviews for Charles Dickens’s London

  1. Cristina Mottura

    E’ stato davvero un piacere fare questo London Walk con David che ha saputo trovare l’equilibrio perfetto fra simpatia e intrattenimento e informazione dettagliata e specializzata sulla letteratura e storia al tempo di Charles Dickens. E’ stato molto bello anche conoscere gli altri “London walkers” provenienti da tutte le parti del mondo. IL tempo a Londra vola sempre troppo velocemente così spero di avere presto un’altra occasione di fare un altro tour con David e la London Walks.

  2. Linda Cownty

    Incredibly interesting tour with Richard III today. I learnt so much from him, the tour was jam packed with information and amusing stories. This was the second London Walks tour I have been on and hope to do many more. It’s a wonderful way to explore the city in which I was born.

  3. Coralene

    I maybe wrong, I booked months ago for the Dickens Tour today and the tour seemed to be more of a History – Literature Tour? Dickens was min included. Did I join the wrong tour? 😢It was interesting and insightful. There are a few mentioned people I plan to reach more about. Thank-you!

  4. Anne O’Connell

    We had a brilliant entertaining and enlightening walk with Richard. Thoroughly recommend this walk!

  5. Max Mustard

    An engaging and social walk. Our guide, David, was enthusiastic, friendly and a full bottle on Dickens. He even pointed out some other historical bits and pieces along the way which were very interesting. We particularly enjoyed the readings, which really painted us a picture of the places we were standing in. At the end of the walk, we saw an old English pub that Dickens would visit and David bought us a drink. We stayed for some time chatting with him about Dickens and all manner of tangentially related things. A very pleasant and satisfying end to a lovely walk.

    It was tricky to find where to write a review, but we felt we must persevere as the walk was well worth it.

  6. Katherine De Vere

    Richard III’s Dickens Tour is a sheer delight. A treasury of information, a quiet wit and great delivery. What Richard doesn’t know about Dickens isn’t worth knowing and indeed one can see him as an honorary member of the original Pickwick Club – if it still existed. A really riveting tour, taking in the life and literature of Mr CD himself. When Richard describes the conditions of the workhouses it really had me near to tears. ‘Umbly recommended, five stars and then some. Don’t miss it! Brilliant!

  7. Nelle Del

    As always, we were very impressed with another offering from London Walks. Richard III was excellent in his presentation of Charles Dickens’s childhood, experiences, influences and literary inspirations from this area of London. I’m always delighted when we join a Richard III walk as I love his wit, charm, dry humour and depth of knowledge of his subjects.
    In spite of a massive and extended cloudburst, Richard entertained with his adaptations to suit the situation. Long may he reign!!

  8. Nancy Pollock

    Our Dickens walking tour with Simon on Christmas Day 2023 was a highlight of our week in London. We learned so much, and Simon’s story telling and charismatic descriptions added to the experience. It was great reminiscing about my husband’s year abroad as a Westfield College student and now seeing London from Charles Dickens’ perspective so many years after our last visit! London Walks is definitely on our to do list for future holidays!

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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!

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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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