Charles Dickens London Walking Tour, London

Born in Portsmouth in 1812, Charles John Huffam Dickens was the second child to arrive in a big family of his father, a Naval clerk. At the age of three, Dickens traveled to London along with his family, upon which two years later they moved to Chatham in Kent. Starting circa 1840 until his death in 1870, Dickens remained the most famous and popular writer in the world. He authored some of England's iconic literary characters. The writer spent most of his life in London enjoying an affluent middle class lifestyle. This tour will take you to the most notable places in Dickens' London.
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Charles Dickens London Walking Tour Map

Guide Name: Charles Dickens London Walking Tour
Guide Location: England » London (See other walking tours in London)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 10
Tour Duration: 4 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 8.0 km
Author: clare
Marshalsea Debtor's Prison

1) Marshalsea Debtor's Prison

The Marshalsea prison is where Dickens' father, John, spent three months in 1824 for failure to settle his debts. His wife, Elizabeth, along with their youngest children had to move in with him, while Charles lived on his own in a rented accommodation on nearby Lant Street. Dickens would go to The Marshalsea each morning to visit the family, which at that time survived only on his father's wages from a job at the Navy Pay Office. John Dickens was released from prison after he inherited...   view more
Doctors' Commons

2) Doctors' Commons

Nearby St. Paul's Cathedral in London, the Doctors' Commons used to house all sorts of legal and religious documents, such as marriage and divorce certificates and wills, as well as the society of ecclesiastical lawyers who handled them. Dickens dedicated a sketch to the work of the Doctors' Commons, whilst on a trip there, that was later published in "Sketches by Boz". The piece describes, in Dickens' typical witty manner, the proceedings of several cases held in...   view more
Furnival's Inn

3) Furnival's Inn

Together with his brother Frederick, Charles Dickens resided at Furnival's Inn from 1834 till 1837. This Inn, originally part of the Inns of Court group of buildings, accommodated law students from the 14th to the 19th centuries. After The Society of Furnival's Inn left in 1817, the building underwent reconstruction in 1818-1820. Dickens started working on "The Pickwick Papers" whilst lodging at the Inn, where he settled out of necessity after having to repay his...   view more
Staple Inn

4) Staple Inn

You will be totally charmed by the 7-gabled roof and rather crooked black and white timber-framed façade of Staple Inn to be found on the South side of High Holborn.

It is the last surviving Inn of Chancery and the earliest reference to it was in 1292 when it was a covered market called “Le Stapled Halle”. It was a wool staple building where wool was weighed and taxed.

In the 13th century, when King Henry III decreed that no institutes of legal education could exist within the City of...   view more
Grays Inn

5) Grays Inn

Established in 1569, Grays Inn is one of four inns – the other three are Lincoln's Inn, the Inner, and Middle Temples – where British barristers undergo training. Prior to becoming a barrister a student must join the inn, pass their exams, and dine at the inn a certain number of times. The Inn is both a professional body and a provider of office accommodation (chambers) for many barristers. It is ruled by a governing council called "Pension", made up of the Masters of the...   view more
48 Doughty Street

6) 48 Doughty Street

A year after their marriage, Dickens and his wife Catherine moved into this three-story house on a private street in an affluent part of London. The move was made possible by the early success of "The Pickwick Papers" and ensued fame which afforded the Dickenses the more spacious accommodation after their tight room at Furnival's Inn. They spent here two years, from 1837 to 1839. This last standing London residence of the Dickens family escaped demolition courtesy of the Dickens...   view more
Lincoln's Inn Fields

7) Lincoln's Inn Fields

Lincoln's Inn Fields is the largest public square in London. It was laid out in the 1630s under the initiative of the speculative builder and contractor William Newton, "the first in a long series of entrepreneurs who took a hand in developing London", as Sir Nikolaus Pevsner observes. In Charles Dickens' novel Bleak House, the sinister solicitor to the aristocracy Mr Tulkinghorn has his offices in Lincoln's Inn Fields, and one of its most dramatic scenes is set there....   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
Seven Dials

8) Seven Dials

Lying between Covent Garden and Soho is the small cobbled-street area known as Seven Dials. It’s a great place for shopping without having to pay high London prices, and is also a small slice of the history of the capital.

The area is made up of seven streets and yards, which were once a part of the St Giles Rookery – a slum area frequented by the poor, criminals and prostitutes. However, when Thomas Neale laid out the designs in 1690, and gave his name to a street and a yard, he had...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
Warren's Blacking

9) Warren's Blacking

When Dickens' father was jailed at the Marshalsea Debtors' Prison, his parents decided to send Charles, 12 at that time, to work at Warren's Blacking warehouse on the Strand, producing boot polish. The job was offered by a relative, James Lamert, the warehouse's manager, who knew about the family's financial dire straits. Dickens' job implied wrapping up jars of polish with paper, securing each with a string, and then attaching a printed label. He had to support...   view more
Westminster Abbey

10) Westminster Abbey (must see)

Westminster Abbey is a large, mainly Gothic church, in Westminster, London, located just to the west of the Palace of Westminster. It is the traditional place of coronation and burial site for English, later British and later still monarchs of the Commonwealth Realms. According to a tradition first reported by Sulcard in about 1080, the Abbey was first founded in the time of Mellitus, Bishop of London, on the present site, then known as Thorn Ey (Thorn Island). The Abbey's two western...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia

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