Bloomsbury is considered by many to be the literary heart of London. Previously home to literary greats such as Charles Dickens and Virginia Wolf, the district is replete with rich history, the best of which is revealed on this 2-hour walking tour of Bloomsbury. Ideal for literature enthusiasts, this tour takes you to charming English squares and buildings inhabited by iconic authors. Enjoy an intimate atmosphere on this small-group tour, limited to 15 people.
Outside of Tottenham Court Road underground station, greet your guide and receive a historical overview of London’s literary history. Amble through the area previously inhabited by Charles Dickens; see the meeting place of the pre-Raphaelite brotherhood, one of Britain’s most influential artistic movements; and see the house Lady Ottoline Morrell, a host to many literary gatherings.
Stroll through the verdant Russell Square and pass the Faber and Faber publishing house, a regular haunt of modernist poet T. S. Eliot. As you wander through charming squares such as Woburn Square and Tavistock Square, hear tales of the famous Bloomsbury Group and see the homes of famous authors including E. M. Forster, Virginia Wolf and Duncan Grant.
Absorb the Georgian splendor of Bedford Square, see locations significant to the suffragette movement, and observe Senate House, the imposing structure that inspired George Orwell to write 1984. Bid your guide farewell in a Bloomsbury location after two hours of exploration.