An Afternoon with Charles Dickens

Tue, 2 April 2019

Priority booking for Friends opens on October 1st 2018

 Tickets go on general sale on 1st November 2018 


Of the various London homes Charles Dickens occupied during his literary career, only one remains today: 48 Doughty Street, in Bloomsbury.  This was the author’s first house, and while he and his family lived in it his life changed profoundly.  Here he finished The Pickwick Papers and wrote Oliver Twist and Nicholas Nickleby, books which made him world famous.  He also actively pursued his activities as an investigative journalist and social reform campaigner.  Much of the inspiration for his work came from the streets of London, which he knew well and walked daily.  He once described them as his ‘magic lantern’, without which it was difficult to write.

We will be starting the afternoon with a guided walk around some of the streets Dickens knew so well, identifying places which feature in his work.  Our leader is Richard Jones, a Blue Badge guide who specialises in Dickens.  We will meet him outside Chancery Lane underground station (exit one) at 1.00pm prompt, and our walk will finish an hour later at 48 Doughty Street, now the Charles Dickens Museum.  Here we will enjoy tea/coffee and biscuits, a brief introduction from the curator, and an opportunity to look around the house, which in 2012 underwent a major redevelopment to better tell the story of Dickens’ remarkable life.  It is a very atmospheric place, presented as if Dickens himself had just stepped out of the door, and contains manuscripts, furniture, paintings and other items relating to the novelist’s life.

You need to make your own way to Chancery Lane underground station and return journey home.  

Tickets:  £29 (includes guided walking tour, entry to Museum, curator’s introduction, tea/coffee and biscuits)   

There are no concessions. There are 30 tickets available


Non-members of the Friends are encouraged to join us in supporting the Cathedral by making an additional voluntary contribution of £2. 


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