Charles Dickens’s London

(24 customer reviews)

Embankment Tube, Villiers Street exit

Guided by David Poyser or Richard III

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 – THE PRACTICALS

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

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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.

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24 reviews for Charles Dickens’s London

  1. Anne O’Connell

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

  2. 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.

  3. 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!

  4. 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!!

  5. 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!

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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!

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

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