Mark Rowland's London Rambles

Quality guided London walks with an accredited London tour guide

Charles Dickens and the City of London

Charles Dickens and the City of London: His muse and “magic lantern”

Dickens and City

Charles Dickens was a creature of the City and London was his muse.

Whilst billeted in Lausanne to write Dombey & Son, he wrote of the frustration wrought by his separation from its streets: “I want them beyond description. I don’t seem to be able to get  rid of my spectres unless I can lose them in crowds”

Afflicted by bouts of “sleeplessness”, he would take to epic night walks intended to create a self-afflicted state of “houselessness” in an attempt to share the experiences of some of his greatest characters and to turn his gimlet-eyed observation on the slumbering City in his search for inspiration.

We’ll trace his steps along these walks and explore the extent to which the ups and downs of life in Victorian London inspired and appalled Dickens in equal measure.

But as one of my guests observed: “you don’t have to be a hardcore Dickens fan to enjoy the walk”; it is as much the story of the “growing pains” of 19th century London and of its fundamental influence on the legendary characters and stories Dickens created to paint his inimitable pictures of the Victorian age.

Read some tripadvisor reviews of the walk herehere and here.

See here to check if this walk is currently scheduled,  contact me if you would like to arrange it as a private walk for friends/colleagues/clients.

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