Charles Dickens knew London intimately and Walks around the Victorian metropolis truly inspired his work.
He had a photographic memory for the streets, buildings and people he encountered on his numerous ramblings around the Capital.
To read his books is to be transported back in time and it is still possible to stand at certain London locations with a Dickens book in hand and see those locations through the eyes of the great novelist.
For example, just off Fleet Street you will find Middle Temple and Inner Temple. These are two of London’s four Inns of Court, the places where Barristers (the wigged and robed lawyers) have their chambers. Dickens wrote of the Temple that you can read on its gates “who enters here leaves noise behind” and that description really does hold true to this day.
Several of our London walks explore this wonderful “time slip” part of London, but you can also explore it on your own by taking the tube to Temple Station, going left and up the steps, turning right at their top, over the crossing, off which turn right, and just keep ahead till you reach the gates of The Temple.
Another location that has changed little since Dickens day is Lincoln’s Inn, another of the Inns of Court. Our Dickens London Christmas Walks tend to explore this area, but it also features on our regular Dickens Tours as it was in Lincoln’s Inn Old Hall that the foggy introduction to Bleak House begins.
These are just two of the many parts of London covered by Richard Jones’s book Walking Dickensian London which is available from Amazon.