1. United Kingdom
  2. South East England
  3. London

London Literary Walking Tour (Bloomsbury)

Product ID: 79890
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Explore the beautiful world-famous squares of Bloomsbury with its unmatched heritage of writers and big names in the London literary world from Charles Dickens to Virginia Woolf.
About this activity
Duration 2.5 hours
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
English
Wheelchair accessible

Pick-up service

Meet at your central London hotel (zone 1) or mutually convenient tube station and then travel by Underground to the starting point.
Easy cancellation
Cancel up to 24 hours in advance for a full refund

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Experience

Highlights
  • Visit the homes of some of the biggest names in English literature
  • Experience the neighbourhood that attracted writers from across the world
  • Learn about some of the classic works that were created in Bloomsbury
  • From romance to tragedy, the Bloomsbury tour has it all
Full description
This private walking tour takes you on an interesting 2.5 hour walk around the Bloomsbury district of London. What Montmartre in Paris is to the world of art then so is Bloomsbury to the world of literature. Bloomsbury was the center of the English-speaking literary world in the 19th and 20th centuries and to a degree still is.  The beautiful squares and quiet neighborhoods created a special community where writers from around the world would come to live and write in a creative atmosphere.

On this tour you will visit the homes of a number of world-renowned writers, see the largely unchanged neighborhoods that they lived in and which helped form some of the greatest works of literature of all time. Just some of the places you will visit include the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, Charles Darwin and the Suffragette Millicent Garrett Fawcett. You'll see the building that inspired George Orwell and his Ministry of Truth in 1984. Learn about the tragic life of Virginia Woolf, a prominent member of the Bloomsbury Group and the location of where Sir Arthur Conan Doyle invented the famous sleuth Sherlock Holmes and why he never liked his famous detective.

Such luminaries as Gertrude Stein, Aleister Crowley, Charles Dickens, Oscar Wilde and WB Yeats round off the tour, not forgetting J M Barrie whose wonderful story of Peter Pan continues to help a world-famous children’s hospital in London to this day.

Includes
  • Private guided tour
What’s Not Included
  • Entrance to Charles Dickens House Museum

When you get there

Know before you go
• Please wear comfortable footwear and clothing appropriate to the weather