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London: Charles Dickens' Journey Exploration Game

1. London: Charles Dickens' Journey Exploration Game

Discover London’s fascinating history and attractions through the eyes of Charles Dickens while you solve clues around the city. Learn how Dickens went from rags to riches and explore the city by playing a quest with your friends, significant other, or family. Each clue will lead you from one place to another by providing you with exact directions, so you won't need a map, GPS, or guide. Solve problems and guess the answers to unlock the secret story of each location. Receive all instructions via email after booking, then simply go to the starting point and begin the adventure. Play as a group and solve the clues together as you walk, or split into smaller groups and compete against each other. Players can also play on their own, separate from the group, and meet the group at the end of the tour.

Charles Dickens Walking Tour

2. Charles Dickens Walking Tour

This walking tour will take you to places that both inspired Charles Dickens the writer but also those real locations that shaped Dickens the man. All writers take inspiration from the people they meet and places they visit, and Charles Dickens was no different. His novels are so successful because he so enjoyed wandering the streets of London and picking up the rich details of everyday life. This Charles Dickens tour will start off south of the Thames in one of the lesser-visited areas of Central London, where you will visit the only surviving remnant of Marshalsea Prison, which had a great impact on young Charles and his family. Nearby you will visit Little Dorrit Church, and see the only remaining galleried inn in all of London which Dickens himself would visit and the building next door where Sam Weller met with Mr. Pickwick in the famous scene from The Pickwick Papers. Northwards you will meander through the ancient Borough Market with its Victorian structure that both Dickens and his characters were so familiar with before reaching the river and the steps where Nancy met Mr. Brownlow in Oliver Twist which quickly led to her horrific death. Crossing over the famous old river you will visit Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese, which featured in both Dickens' work but was also a favorite drinking establishment of the writer, and then we begin to enter one of the great legal areas of London where Magwitch visits Pip at his chambers in Great Expectations. Just along the road is where Charles Dickens worked in the Blacking Factory. In the literary world, David Copperfield and Martin Chuzzlewit found themselves just where you will: at the famous Old Curiosity Shop, perhaps the oldest shop in central London. Lincolns Inn Fields was close to Dickens home and as such features prominently in his literature. The Old Hall appears in the opening scene of Bleak House where close by you will see the home of Charles Dickens' friend and biographer, John Forster, whose property became the residence of Mr. Tulkinghorn in Bleak House. More Bleak House locations come thick and fast, as you pass The Royal College of Surgeons and the likely location of Krooks horrid shop before he went up in flames. As you reach the end of our tour, you will walk the streets of Bloomsbury that were long the literary capital of the world and whose residents have included Orson Welles, Virginia Woolf, E.M. Forster, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and JM Barrie, who created Peter Pan. The tour concludes at the Dickens House Museum, which you will be free to visit in your own time, or perhaps have lunch in one of the many fine old pubs and restaurants in this district of Bloomsbury that Charles Dickens knew so well.

London Literary Walking Tour (Bloomsbury)

3. London Literary Walking Tour (Bloomsbury)

This private walking tour takes you on an interesting 2.5 hour walk around the Bloomsbury district of London. What Montmartre in Paris is to the world of art then so is Bloomsbury to the world of literature. Bloomsbury was the center of the English-speaking literary world in the 19th and 20th centuries and to a degree still is.  The beautiful squares and quiet neighborhoods created a special community where writers from around the world would come to live and write in a creative atmosphere. On this tour you will visit the homes of a number of world-renowned writers, see the largely unchanged neighborhoods that they lived in and which helped form some of the greatest works of literature of all time. Just some of the places you will visit include the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, Charles Darwin and the Suffragette Millicent Garrett Fawcett. You'll see the building that inspired George Orwell and his Ministry of Truth in 1984. Learn about the tragic life of Virginia Woolf, a prominent member of the Bloomsbury Group and the location of where Sir Arthur Conan Doyle invented the famous sleuth Sherlock Holmes and why he never liked his famous detective. Such luminaries as Gertrude Stein, Aleister Crowley, Charles Dickens, Oscar Wilde and WB Yeats round off the tour, not forgetting J M Barrie whose wonderful story of Peter Pan continues to help a world-famous children’s hospital in London to this day.

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What people are saying about Charles Dickens Museum

Overall rating

4.2 / 5

based on 5 reviews

Loved the game, it was a fun way to visit places we would probably never have seen otherwise. The only downside was that we played in a Sunday and so many of the places of interest were closed. That did not stop us from solving the clues however.

Captivating, we get caught up in the game and it makes us see beautiful places in London where we would never have been! We took 3 hours, but we did not see the time pass. Top !!