Literary London Walking Tour

Holborn underground station, London (main exit, debouches onto Kingsway)

Guided by Andy R. or Brian or Tom

Walk Times

DayWalk TypeStart TimeEnd Time
Tuesday Weekly2 pm4 pm Winter Summer
23 November 2019 Tour du Jour10.45 am12.45 pm Winter

Bloomsbury & the Museum Quarter  What larks! What plunges!

Because this walk also explores “the other Bloomsbury” – the Bloomsbury the tourists don’t get to see. The problem – for them, not us – is the sheer gravitational “pull” of the British Museum and Virginia Woolf and co. “We take chairs and sit on our balcony after dinner… Really Gordon Square, with the lamps lit and the light on the green is a romantic place” (V. Woolf). And, sure, we explore that quarter. But we also go centrifugal – do undiscovered Bloomsbury. And you’ll be very glad we do because that marvelous old writ – “London specialises in hiding the best of itself” – applies here in spades. A taster? We flaneur London’s most literary street (no, it’s not in Virginia Woolf’s Gordon Square neighbourhood); take in a Sylvia Plath-Ted Hughes house; clock the “nodal point” where the most important moment in the 20th century occurred; savour London’s most beautiful square; squeeze into its tiniest street, etc. – and trust me, it’s a capacious, cup-runneth-over “etc.”. Bottom line: this is a joy of a jaunt, a very special walk. Guided by Brian or Andy R


Literary London takes place every* Tuesday afternoon at 2 pm. And it also takes place as the Saturday morning Tour du Jour at 10.45 am on November 23.

The meeting point is just outside the main exit of HolbornTube.  *Except Dec. 24


If you can’t make one of the regularly scheduled, just-turn-up, public Mountain Building & Meteorites in the City of London walks it can always be booked as a private tour. If you go private you can have the Literary London Walking Tour 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 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.


Don’t just take it from us.