Charles Dickens -Victorian London

When Charles Dickens (1812-1870) was living and working in Victorian London, it was known as the richest city in the world. But as we gather from his novels, London was also home to thousands living in squalor amid violence, child abuse and corruption.

We start the Charles Dickens-Victorian London theme day at The Dickens House Museum in Holborn where the author moved in April 1837 with his wife and three children. Here he wrote Oliver Twist and Nicholas Nickleby among other novels and essays. We then drive to some of the settings of Dickens' most famous incidents. We visit Covent Garden and Shoreditch and the actual streets whose name and atmosphere inspired Dickens' characters' and gave them names.

We lunch at the George and Vulture - one of the City's oldest pub restaurants where the Pickwick Society, an exclusive writers' club, held their noisy meetings. Then we view the site of Dickens' previous home at Furnivals Inn and make our way down to Fleet Street with its back alleys and Law Courts, the inspiration for the setting of Pickwick Papers, Bleak House and Martin Chuzzlewit. We continue down to Buckingham Street Number 15 to another of Dickens' London homes. The tour ends at the church St Mary Le Strand where Dickens father married and Somerset House, one London's first civil service buildings where Dickens Father worked before falling into serious debt.

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