Tom Stockwell a RoamRight Blog Author

London For The Literature Lover

The Globe Theatre was a theatre in London associated with William Shakespeare. It was built in 1599 by Shakespeare's playing company, the Lord Chamberlain's Men. CT

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There are few cities in the world that have as an abundant a literary heritage as London. Dublin, Paris and New York spring to mind, but no other city has had its streets presented in as many ways as London has, its residents from all walks of life analyzed, deciphered, and evoked in print. From lowly street urchins to war heroes, the aristocracy to immigrants, each have had their stories told by some of the greatest writers of the English language. London is a veritable paradise for literature lovers, who are sure to find a tale or two that they want to unravel in a visit to the British capital.

Dickensian Delights

There is perhaps no author from the 19th Century that captured London at the time quite as well as Charles Dickens. Many of Dickens’ masterpieces such as Oliver Twist, Great Expectations and Nicholas Nickleby are set, at least partially so, in London. Dickens expertly addressed the social issues of the day in his writing, painting pictures of all different stratospheres of British society, from the rag tag group of pickpockets working under Fagin in Oliver Twist, to the more affluent (although slightly insane) Miss Havisham in Great Expectations. Visitors to the capital who are looking to delve deeper into the world of one of Britain’s greatest novelists can visit the Dickens Museum, a former residence of Dickens, and the abode in which he penned several of his works.

221b Baker Street

The address 221b Baker Street is one that will likely be familiar to literature lovers, as well as fans of one of the most popular dramas on television at the moment. The home of Arthur Conan Doyle’s most celebrated creation, Sherlock Holmes, 221b Baker Street is a very real location, and also home to the Sherlock Holmes Museum; visitors can nose around everything from Holmes’ study to his companion Doctor Watson’s bedroom.

Brick Lane

For a more modern take on London, visitors can head to Brick Lane, the setting of Monica Ali’s celebrated novel Brick Lane. More famous for its curry than as a site for literature lovers, Brick Lane, in London’s East End, is famous as being a center for Bangladeshi immigrants, as depicted by Ali. You can’t look at London without noticing its multiculturalism and acknowledging the various immigrant groups that have made the city their home over the last century, and a visit to Brick Lane gives visitors a very real and current idea of issues in today’s London, as well as a place to visualize it.

The Globe Theatre

Possibly the most famous figure in the entirety of British literature, William Shakespeare is a huge draw for people visiting the UK, so much so that there are blogs dedicated to Shakespeare related travel. Perhaps the most well-known landmark in the UK when it comes to Shakespeare is the Globe Theatre, located south of the River Thames. Shakespeare plays are brought to life, with Antony and Cleopatra, Titus Andronicus and Much Ado About Nothing being among the plays lined up to entertain lovers of The Bard in 2014.

What’s your favorite work of English literature?

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About the Author

Tom Stockwell

Tom Stockwell, a RoamRight Blog Author Tom has always had the travel bug and, after quitting his call centre job in the UK, he packed up and moved to South Korea to teach English for almost four years. Since moving on from South Korea, he's been travelling the world and loves exploring city streets, trying delicious new food, meeting great people and taking way too many selfies with his phone, although he'll disagree with you on that last point. Read about Tom's adventures on his blog, Waegook Tom, and follow him on Instagram and Twitter.

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