Charles Dickens Old London - A Private And Bespoke Tour

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Treat yourself to a private and bespoke tour at your own pace to the sites immortalised by one of the most famous authors in the world, Charles Dickens. This tour takes you on a journey through Dickens life, and to the very sites that still survive much as he would have remembered them. Your guide will bring to life the Hidden Courts, Alleys and Taverns featured in novels such as Oliver Twist, The Old Curiosity Shop, Little Doritt and many more. The tour includes free entry to the Charles Dickens Museum located in the very house he wrote Oliver Twist, Nicholas Nickleby and The Pickwick Papers.See the places Charles Dickens lived and workedReal locations featured in the storiesIncludes free entry to Charles Dickens MuseumExplore hidden Alleys, Courts, and TavernsA private tour at your leisure - No rushing or strict schedule!Met direct at your London accommodationIncludes hidden sites

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You will be met direct at your London accommodation by your guide, then you will leave the modern world behind and get immersed in the life of Charles Dickens and the characters he brought to life.
The image brought to mind when we think of Victorian London is usually one captured by Dickens in his world famous works. In fact the phrase 'Dickensian' is used often to describe an Old Building, Person, Tavern or Cobbled Alley. Fortunately your guide knows all the surviving 'Dickensian' sites of old London.

Starting in Borough you will discover Charles Dickens early life, and the hard times he endured while his father was in Marshalsea Debtors Prison. It was his experiences here that provided the inspiration and setting for Little Doritt. The tour then moves through the back streets of the once notorious South Bank. In Dickens time this area was notorious for prostitution, cock fighting, and terrible slums. Charles took many of his characters and locations from his experiences here.

Next up you will see the offices and private apartments where Dickens lived and worked as Editor of "All the World Around," a magazine he founded and would serialize 'A Tale of Two Cities'. A short stroll later and we arrive at the Old Curiosity Shop, a real shop that still survives and inspired the story of the same name.

Let us now take the back routes through Lincoln's Inn and the Inner Courts, home to the 15th Century Old Hall and opening scene for 'The Bleak House'

Now it's time to enter Oliver Twist territory and we will visit the Saffron Hill area home to the notorious Fagin and his gang. This real life street was well known for pickpockets, vagabonds and stolen goods, and with a nearby court named Bleeding Heart Yard it's no wonder Dickens based characters like Bill Sikes here.
This area had a river running right through it up until the early Victorian period, now this secret underground waterway is covered and many Londoner's have not even heard of the River Fleet. We will take a peek through a grate where you can see the water flowing on its journey to join the Thames under Blackfriars Bridge.

This tour would not be complete without visiting the home of Charles Dickens. The very place where he wrote Oliver Twist, Nicholas Nickleby and The Pickwick Papers. This tour includes entry to the house and museum where you will be able to see personal items belonging to the great man.

Treat yourself to a tour at your pace and leisure. No rushing or herding around like on larger groups, just you and your guide allowing you to get closer to the world of Charles Dickens.

Inclusions for Charles Dickens Old London - A Private And Bespoke Tour

  • Entrance fees
  • Professional guide
  • Hotel/port pickup and drop-off
  • Private tour

Exclusions for Charles Dickens Old London - A Private And Bespoke Tour

  • Food and drinks

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Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Children must be accompanied by an adult

Cancellation Policy
  • If you cancel within 3 calendar days (72 hours) of the scheduled departure time, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel between 4 to 7 Calendar days before scheduled tour departure,the cancellation charge will be 50% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel at least 8 calendar days in advance of the scheduled departure time, there is no cancellation fee. You will receive Full Refund for the paid amount.
  • Please note that in case of No show, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the listed tour fare.
  • Please note tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.
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