Dickens After Dark: In the Steps of the Night Walker
As night falls, the cool, dark City of London takes on a completely different yet fascinating character. In the words of the great man:
“But the streets of London, to be beheld in the very height of their glory, should be seen on a dark, dull, murky winter’s night, when there is just enough damp gently stealing down to make the pavement greasy, without cleansing it of any of its impurities; and when the heavy lazy mist, which hangs over every object, makes the gas-lamps look brighter, and the brilliantly-lighted shops more splendid, from the contrast they present to the darkness around…”
Charles Dickens: The Streets – Night, from Sketches by Boz
“…the river had an awful look, the buildings on the banks were muffled in black shrouds, and the reflected lights seemed to originate deep in the water, as if the spectres of suicides were holding them to show where they went down. The wild moon and clouds were as restless as an evil conscience in a tumbled bed, and the very shadow of the immensity of London seemed to lie oppressively upon the river.”
Charles Dickens: Night Walks – The Uncommercial Traveller
Whilst the gas lamps may have long gone, the City at night still has the same brooding character that inspired Dickens so much. So why not wrap up warm and join me in tracing his footsteps from his own epic night walks around the City and witness some of the locations that informed his personal life and inspired his great writing.