In Pictures: London’s Literary Spots

Londonist Staff

In Pictures: London’s Literary Spots

From a pub that hosted lectures by Karl Marx, to the house that Sherlock Holmes called home, there are plenty of London locations to whet the appetite of literary lovers. Here are just a few of our favourites.

The home of Sigmund Freud at 20 Maresfield Gardens, NW3.

Source LondonistDr Johnson’s cat Hodge can be found at his master’s old home in 17 Gough Square.
Source LondonistSenate House, Russell Square – the inspiration for George Orwell’s sinister Ministry of Truth in Nineteen Eighty-Four.
Source PenguinblogDylan Thomas and George Orwell were notable regulars at The Fitzroy Tavern in Fitzrovia.
Source BuzzfeedThe Red Lion in Soho once held lectures by Karl Marx.
Source WeekendnotesThe British Library, 96 Euston Road.
Source NunomadThe Old Curiosity Shop, 13 Portsmouth Street, Holborn.
Source YpldnThe George Inn, Borough High Street features in Little Dorrit.
Source BuzzfeedThe Bloomsbury Square garden was a meeting place for writers during the 1920s and ’30s that included Virginia Woolf, John Maynard Keynes, and E.M. Forster as members.
Source FodorsThe Sherlock Holmes Museum, Baker Street, where Sherlock Holmes called home.
Source AllaboutravellingInside the house of Thomas Carlyle in Chelsea who lived there from 1834 until his death in 1881.
Source AndrewvanzShakespeare’s Globe
Source Buzzfeed50 Smith Street, Chelsea,
was part of the inspiration for Jane and Peter’s 17 Cherry Tree Lane in the famous Mary Poppins stories.
Source LetterstodickensThe house of William Hazlitt, famous essayist, in Soho.
Source ErichandsThe French House in Soho, a haunt of poets Dylan Thomas and Brendan Behan.
Source BuzzfeedInside Strawberry Hill, the home of gothic novelist Horace Walpole.

Source Noveldestinations“We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars,” Oscar Wilde statue, Adelaide Street near Trafalgar Square.
Source BuzzfeedThe Criterion in Piccadilly Circus, the restaurant where Watson first met Holmes in A Study In Scarlet.
Source BookriotThe grave of John Bunyan, the author of The Pilgrim’s Progess at Bunhill Fields cemetery in Islington, north London.
Source SermonindexInside The Sherlock Holmes Museum, Baker Street
Source AllaboutravellingThe Pillars of Hercules has drawn some of the best of London’s literary scene, including Martin Amis, Julian Barnes, and Ian McEwan.
Source BuzzfeedSherlock Holmes Museum at 221b Baker Street
Source LondonistHorace Walpole conjured up the gothic novel The Castle of Otranto at Strawberry Hill, Twickenham.
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Covent Garden has appeared in a number of film and literary works. Eliza Doolittle, the central character in George Bernard Shaw’s play, Pygmalion, and the musical adaptation by Alan Jay Lerner, My Fair Lady, is a Covent Garden flower seller. Alfred Hitchcock’s 1972 film Frenzy – about a Covent Garden fruit vendor who becomes a serial sex killer, was set in the market where his father had been a wholesale greengrocer. Source Londontopia Will’s Coffee House, the most famous or at least the most literary coffee house in London among the members of which can be named Samuel Pepys, John Dryden, Alexander Pope, Jonathan Swift and Samuel Johnson; these were the pre-eminent poets and writers of seventeenth and eighteenth century England, who convened in Covent Garden as the natural home of conviviality and companionship. Source Coventgarden The home of Charles Dickens at 48 Doughty Street.
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Last Updated 02 August 2017

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