Follow in his footsteps
Charles Dickens (1812-1870) knew London well: he walked its streets and alleyways from a young age and drew much of his inspiration from London’s people and places. Dickens said: ‘A day in London sets me up again and starts me. But the toil and labour of writing day after day, without that magic lantern is immense’.
On this walk, which lasts a little under 2 hours, you’ll learn about Dickens’ life and times, with your qualified City of London guide bringing to life 19th century London. Our route begins just south of St Paul’s Cathedral.
Our tour ends at Leadenhall Market, which has a good selection of local pubs and cafes and is close to Monument Tube Station. Your City Guide will be able to help you with directions afterwards.
Please note: children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
Photos: courtesy of Niki Gorick
Nearly all the regular walks and tours offered on this website are just turn up and pay or free. For these walks no advanced booking is possible. There are only a few tours that need to be booked in advance (Illuminated River, Smithfield Market, Leadenhall Market walks and Guildhall and the Roman Bath House tours) because of restricted numbers.
Note: tours run every day of the year except Christmas Day and Boxing Day. In exceptional circumstances we may not have a guide available and we'll let the City Information Centre know.
If you want a walk or lecture for a group of people, then please use our Find a Guide section.