Charles Dickens and London.

Charles Dickens and London.2018-02-22T12:40:02+00:00

Explore some the places Charles Dickens saw and influenced him connected with London in our Dickens Trail.

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Albion Tavern.

Dickens celebrated the completion of Nicholas Nickleby with his publishers at this popular dinner venue.

Aldgate Pump, Aldgate.

Several passing references are made in Dickens works to this historic monument at Aldgate and in Dombey and Son, Mr. Toots took a walk to it and back again for relaxation.

Aledphi Theatre.

Aledphi Theatre on the Strand staged a number of Dickens works including his first adaptation in 1834.

All Year Round Offices.

The offices of All The Year Round were based on Wellington Street in Covent Garden.

Ampthill Square, Camden.

In March 1859, Charles Dickens rented a home in Ampthill Square for his then secret young lover, the actress Ellen Ternan. She moved here with her mother Francis, who was an actress, and two sisters.

Arts Club.

Charles Dickens was amongst the founders that set up this London private members club.

Astleys Ampitheatre.

Charles Dickens wrote at least three times about this popular circus venue in Lambeth.

Athenaeum Club.

Gentleman's club frequented by Dickens.

Balls Pond.

Perch, a messenger at the firm of Dombey and Son lives with his wife in Ball's Pond, a suburb of London now part of Islington.

Barnards Inn.

In Great Expectations the character Pip lodges in Barnard's Inn following his arrival in London.

Bayham Street.

In 1822, John Dickens was recalled to London and he and the family moved into a house at 16 Bayham Street in Camden Town.

Bentinck Street.In January 1833, the Dickens family moved to 18 Bentinck Street, London.
Berners Street.

In September 1858, Charles Dickens rented 31 Berners Street as a home for his then secret young lover, the actress Ellen Ternan. She moved here with her mother Francis and two sisters.

Blue Boar, Whitechapel.

David Copperfield stops at this noted Whitechapel coaching inn on his memorable journey from Great Yarmouth. It used to stand at 30 Aldgate High Street.

Boswell Court.

In his sketch The Steam Excursion, Mr. Loggins is a solicitor based at Boswell Court.

Britannia Theatre, Hoxton.

Charles Dickens was a frequent visitor to this large Hoxton venue.

Bull Inn, Whitechapel.

Bull Inn Yard at 25 Aldgate High Street was the location of this famous Whitechapel coaching inn featured in The Pickwick Papers. It was demolished at the beginning of the nineteenth century.

Canning Town.Charles Dickens visited the Canning Town area in 1857 and wrote about the squalid conditions there.
Cavendish Square.

In Little Dorrit, the Merdle household live in a mansion on Harley Street, Cavendish Square.

Chester Place, Regent's Park.From March - June 1847, Charles Dickens rented a house at Chester Place, Regent's Park.
Clapham Rise.

In the Dickens sketch Mrs. Joseph Porter, Mr. Gattleton’s interesting family live at Rose Villa, Clapham Rise.

Clerkenwell Green.

In the novel Oliver Twist, Mr.Brownlow chases Oliver through street here, believing he has stolen from him.

Cleveland Street Workhouse

Cleveland Street is said to have served as the model for the workhouse in Oliver Twist. As a teenager, Dickens had lived nearby in a house in Cleveland Street so would have been familiar with it when it came to writing the story.

Cross Keys, Cheapside.Former coaching inn near St. Pauls Cathedral, known to Dickens from his childhood and used in Great Expectations.
Crystal Palace.

Dickens gave a speech at a dinner held by the London Rowing Club at the Crystal Palace, Sydenham in 1869.

Custom House.

In the sketch The Steam Excursion, the boat party depart from, and return to, Custom House.

Devils Acre slum

Dickens wrote articles about this large slum area, near Westminster Abbey in Victorian London.

Devonshire House.

In 1853, Charles Dickens attended a dinner at Devonshire House, hosted by the Duke of Devonshire, to support the Guild of Literature and Art. The house was demolished after WWI.

Devonshire Terrace

In December 1839, Charles Dickens moved his family from Doughty Street into larger premises at 1 Devonshire Terrace, near Regent’s Park.  He took a twelve year lease on the property.

Doctors CommonsDickens worked as a freelance reporter here from 1828-1832.
Dogs HomeDickens visited the forerunner of the Battersea Dogs Home based in Holloway and highlighted its work.
Doughty StreetCharles Dickens lived here from March 1837 to December 1839.
Eaton Square, Belgravia.

This expensive Belgravia garden square had only recently been developed when Dickens featured it in his sketch Our Next-Door Neighbour.


Edgware Road.

Charles Dickens and friend Mark Lemon were victims of an attempted robbery whilst walking along Edgware Road in March, 1849.

Eel Pie Island.

Dickens dined on this island in the Thames and mentions it in Nicholas Nickleby as a place where Miss Morleena Kenwigs could dance to the music of a locomotive band.

Epsom Racecource.
Essex Street.When the convict Abel Magwitch returns to England, Pip finds lodgings in Essex Street under a false name.
Exeter Exchange.

The illuminated clock of this shopping arcade (popularly known as Exeter ‘Change) on the Strand is featured in the newspaper sketch Thoughts about people, and reprinted in Sketches by Boz. The site is now the Strand Palace Hotel.

Fetter Lane, City of London.

In the sketch The Dancing Academy, Mr. Augustus Cooper is from Fetter Lane in the City of London.

Fitzroy Street.

When Charles Dickens was younger his family lived briefly at addresses in Fitzroy Street for short periods between 1830 and 1833.

Freemasons Hall, Covent Garden.

On 9 February 1858, Dickens spoke at Great Ormond Street Hospital's first annual festival dinner at Freemasons' Hall in support of the newly established children's hospital.


In the novel, Dombey and Son, Sir Barnet and Lady Skettles lived in a pretty villa at Fulham, on the banks of the Thames.

Furnivals InnCharles Dickens rented rooms here between 1834 and 1837.
Garraway's Coffee House, London.

This famous former coffee house in the City of London featured in The Pickwick Papers, Little Dorrit, The Uncommercial Traveller and Martin Chuzzlewit.

George and Vulture

Dickens drank here at this City of London pub which is mentioned at least 20 times in The Pickwick Papers.

George Cruikshank's House.

George Cruikshank, illustrator of many Dickens works, lived in Amwell Street, Islington from 1824-1849.

Gerrard Street, Soho.

In Great Expectations, the lawyer Jaggers lives in a rather plain house in Gerrard Street in the Soho area of London.

Gloucester Crescent, Regent's Park.

After she split from Charles Dickens, Catherine Hogarth lived at 70 Gloucester Crescent, Regent's Park and died there in August, 1879.

Golden Cross Coaching Inn.

Golden Cross, a coaching inn now covered by South Africa House. In The Pickwick Papers Mr Pickwick meets up with his travelling companions to go to Rochester on the Commodore stage coach. David Copperfield also stays at this inn.

Golden Square, Soho.

In the Dickens novel Nicholas Nickleby, Ralph Nickleby lives in a spacious house in this Soho garden square.

Gore HouseThe Royal Albert Hall stands on the site of Gore House.
Goswell Street.

In The Pickwick Papers, Mr. Pickwick, to his great misfortune, took rooms with Mrs. Bardell in Goswell Street (subsequently renamed Goswell Road).

Grays InnIn 1827 Dickens starts work as a solicitor's clerk at Gray's Inn, London
Great Marlborough Street Magistrates CourtCharles Dickens attended Great Marlborough Street to report on cases there early on in his career.
Great Marlborough Street.

In his sketch The Steam Excursion, Dickens set the home of Mrs. Taunton and her daughters in Great Marlborough Street.

Great Marlborough Street.

In the sketch The Steam Excursion, Mrs. Taunton, the frivolous ‘good-looking widow of fifty’ lives with her daughters in Great Marlborough Street.

Great Ormond Street HospitalCharles Dickens published articles and gave readings to help raise money for the newly opened hospital.
Great Portland Street.

In his sketch The Steam Excursion, Dickens set the home of Mrs Briggs and her five children in Portland Street, Oxford Street (now Great Portland Street).

Great Russell Street.

In the sketch The Bloomsbury Christening, Mr. Charles Kitterbell lives in a house in Great Russell Street, Bedford Square.

Greenwich Fair.

Dickens visited and wrote a sketch about the annual Greenwich Fair whuch attracted thousands of people twice a year.

Grosvenor Square, London.

In Little Dorrit, the Barnacles are said to live at 24 Mews Street Grosvenor Square which was not absolutely Grosvenor Square itself but it was very near it.


In his sketch Sentiment (Sketches by Boz. Tales, Chapter 3), Dickens set Minerva House, the finishing establishment for young ladies, in Hammersmith.

Hampton Race Course

The racecourse at Hampton was featured by Dickens in the novel Nicholas Nickleby.


In the novel Oliver Twist, Bill Sikes and Oliver briefly rest for a while a Hampton pub on their way to a burglary at Chertsey.

Highgate CemeteryThe parents of Charles Dickens, John Dickens and Elizabeth Barrow, are buried together at Highgate Cemetery.
Horsemonger Lane GaolSite of the Horsemonger Lane Gaol where Dickens witnessed the execution of the Mannings.
Houses of ParliamentAs a teenager, Charles Dickens started work as a reporter here for The Mirror of Parliament.
Hyde Park Place.Dickens rented 5 Hyde Park Place from January to June 1870.
Jack Straws Castle.Favourite Dickens tavern on Hampstead Heath.
Jacobs Island

Notorious Bermondsey slum featured in Oliver Twist.

John Forsters HouseHome of one of Charles Dickens' closest friends and used as the model for Bleak House.
Johnson Street

The Dickens family lived at 29 Johnson Street (now Cranleigh Street) after John Dickens was released from the Marshalsea for debt.

Kings Gate Street.

This former Holborn street, which ran near to modern Catton Street, is where Mrs Gamp, lives with her friend Mrs. Harris in Martin Chuzzlewit.

King's Bench Prison, Southwark.Site of the former King's Bench prison. Dickens used the prison as a location in at least three of his novels.
Lant Street, Southwark, London

With his father imprisoned in the Marshalsea, Charles Dickens lived nearby, in Lant Street, Southwark.

Little Britain.This street, near Smithfield Market, is the location of Jaggers’ office in Great Expectations.
London Bridge.

London Bridge has featured in many of Dickens’ writings including Martin Chuzzlewit, David Copperfield and Great Expectations. Rebuilt many times a new version had opened in 1831 but subsequently replaced again.

London Tavern, Bishopsgate.

Dickens gave speeches at this former meeting venue in Bishopsgate.

Marshalsea PrisonJohn Dickens was imprisoned here for debt.
Marylebone Police Court.

Charles Dickens and friend Mark Lemon attended a case here in March 1849, following an attempted robbery on Lemon whilst they were walking along Edgware Road.

Marylebone WorkhouseIn 1840, Dickens attended an inquest at Marylebone workhouse into death of the infant child of a young maid, Eliza Burgess.
Middle Temple Hall.The novel Bleak House opens with the Court of Chancery sitting at this hall in the Temple area of London.

In his novel David Copperfield, Charles Dickens refers to Millbank as an area of “coarse grass and rank weeds straggled over marshy land”.

Miss Kellys Theatre

Charles Dickens staged a play at this small Soho theatre in September 1845.

Monmouth Street.

Dickens wrote a sketch about this street, 'the only true and real emporium for second-hand wearing apparel'.

Morning Chronicle.

Dickens worked as a reporter at The Morning Chronicle which had its offices at 332 Strand.

Mulberry Walk, Chelsea.

Henry Fielding Dickens, the last surviving child of Charles Dickens, lived at 8 Mulberry Walk in Chelsea.

NewgateNotorious London prison used in several of Dickens's works.
Newman Street.

In the novel Bleak House, Mr. Turveydrop’s Dancing Academy is located at Newman Street.

Norfolk StreetIn 1828 the Dickens family moved into lodgings above a grocer
Notting Dale Slum.

Also known as the Potteries, this area was the subject of an article in Household Words.


Dickens rented a house for himself and his mistress Ellen Ternan in Linden Grove, Nunhead between 1868 and his death in 1870.

Pantechnicon, Motcomb Street.

The Pantechnicon was a large indoor bazaar, or market, in Motcomb Street, Belgravia, and mentioned in Our Mutual Friend.

Paper Buildings, Temple.

In Barnaby Rudge, Sir John Chester has chambers in Paper Buildings, ‘a row of goodly tenements, shaded by ancient trees, and looking at the back upon Temple Gardens’.

Park Lane.

In Martin Chuzzlewit, the deceptive Montague Tigg claims to have moved from Mayfair to 1542, Park Lane.


Dickens rented Elm Cottage in the village of Petersham, near Richmond, for the summer of 1839.

Portugal Street Debtors Court.

Charles Dickens mentions this small insolvency court, near Lincoln's Inn Fields, in The Pickwick Papers.

Princess's Theatre

Site of the former Princess's Theatre. In 1858, Dickens attended a meeting here to support the setting up of a home for retired actors.

Red Lion, Whitehall.

Dickens was said to be a regular and used this Whitehall pub in David Copperfield, where young David tries to order a glass of the Genuine Stunning ale.

Richmond Green.

In Great Expectations, Estella is sent by Miss Haversham to live in a staid old house by Richmond Green.

Robert Seymour's House.

Robert Seymour, the early illustrator of The Pickwick Papers, lived and killed himself in his house at Liverpool Road, Islington.

Royal Academy of MusicFanny Dickens attended the Royal Academy of Music here.
Royal Gallery of Illustration, London.

Dickens held benefit performances of The Frozen Deep at this Regent Street venue in 1857.

Royal Victoria Theatre (Old Vic)Dickens wrote about this popular theatre in 1850.
Rules RestaurantDickens dined at Rules restaurant.
Sadler's Wells Theatre.

Charles Dickens had fond memories of coming to Sadlers Wells as a boy and watching Grimaldi. He would later go on to write an autobiography of the famous clown.

Saffron HillNotorious slum, home to Fagin and his gang of thieves in Oliver Twist.
Salisbury Hotel, Salisbury Square.

In 1867, Charles Dickens chaired a meeting of Press Readers held at the Salisbury Hotel , just off from Fleet Street.

Saracens Head, Snow Hill.

Former noted tavern and coaching inn featured in Nicholas Nickleby.

Selwood Terrace, BromptonCharles Dickens lodged here in 1835 whilst courting Catherine Hogarth, who lived nearby.
Seven DialsNotorious Victorian slum area.
Simpsons ChophouseChop house in the City frequented by Dickens.
Smithfield Market.

In Great Expectations, Pip visits Smithfield cattle market which he describes as a 'shameful place, being all asmear with filth and fat and blood and foam, seemed to stick to me.'

Somerset HouseDickens' father John Dickens worked at the Navy Pay Office here.
Spaniards InnCountry inn featured in The Pickwick Papers.
St Martin's Hall, Covent Garden.

In April 1858, Dickens gave a public reading of A Christmas Carol at this large former concert hall, St Martin’s Hall in Covent Garden's Long Acre with the proceeds going to support Great Ormond Street Hospital.

St Pancras Old Church.

In the novel A Tale of Two Cities, Roger Cly, the Old Bailey informant, was buried in this Church, and is later the location of attempted body snatching to provide corpses for dissection at medical schools.

St. Dunstan-in-the-West

This Fleet Street church was featured by Dickens in David Copperfield.

St. Georges Church, Southwark

Dickens set several scenes of the novel Little Dorrit in and around this Southwark Church.

St. James TheatreSite of the former St James Theatre.
St. James's Hall.

Charles Dickens performed a number of speeches and performances at this now demolished famous London music hall, including his final public readings just a few months before his death.

St. James’s Park

The park is featured in the newspaper sketch Thoughts about people, and reprinted in Sketches by Boz.

St. James’s Street, Pall Mall.

In Hard TImes, Josiah Bounderby stays at a hotel in this Pall Mall street where he is met by Mrs. Sparsit.

St. Johns ChurchFeatured by Dickens in Our Mutual Friend.
St. Lukes Church, Chelsea

Charles Dickens married Catherine Hogarth here in 1836.

St. Mary-le-Strand ChurchJohn Dickens and Elizabeth Barrow, the parents of Charles Dickens, were married here in 1809.
St. Olaves Church.Charles Dickens called the church St. Ghastly Grim because of skulls above the entrance gate.
Staple Inn GardensSmall tranquil park in Holborn which featured in several of Charles Dickens novels.
Suicide of John SadleirJohn Sadleir the inspiration for Mr Merdle in Little Dorrit committed suicide here in 1856.
Tavistock HouseDickens lived here from 1851 to 1860.
Tavistock Street.

In his sketch, Mr Minns and his cousin, Dickens set the lead characters residence in this Covent Garden street.

The Eagle, City Road.

This former popular music hall off City Road, now replaced by a pub, was featured by Dickens in the sketch Miss Evans and the Eagle published in Sketches by Boz.

Theatre Royal Covent Garden
Theatre Royal Drury Lane
Theatre Royal HaymarketIn 1857, Ellen Ternan was spotted by Dickens performing here.
Took’s Court.

Renamed as Cook’s Court in Bleak House, the law stationer Mr Snagsby lived and worked in a house located in this court between Chancery and Fetter Lane.

Urania CottageDickens helped to found a home for fallen women in Shepherds Bush.
Vauxhall Gardens.

In his sketch Vauxhall-Gardens by day, Charles Dickens describes this popular Victorian London recreational area in Vauxhall.


In Great Expectations, Jaggers clerk Wemmick lives in Walworth, which is described as 'a collection of black lanes, ditches, and little gardens.'

Warrens Blacking FactoryDickens was sent to work here as a 12 year old boy.
Waterloo Bridge.

In the sketch The Drunkard’s Death, the drunken man meets his death under the arches of Waterloo Bridge.

Wellington House Academy

Dickens attended the Wellington House Academy from 1825-1827.

Westminster AbbeyCharles Dickens was buried in Westminster Abbey, June 1870.
White Hart InnSite of the Old White Hart Inn, Southwark.

In The Pickwick Papers, Sam Weller takes a coach through Whitechapel commenting on the high number of oyster stalls for a poor area.

Whitefriars Gate, Temple.

In Great Expectations, Pip is handed a warning letter by the porter at Whitefriars Gate, an entrance to Temple, telling him not to go home.

Wimbledon School.

Charles Dickens sent four of his seven sons to school here. In 1892, the school was taken over and is now Wimbledon College.

Windsor Terrace, City Road.
Ye Olde Cheshire CheeseDickens was known to be a frequent visitor to this pub and also believed to feature in A Tale of Two Cities.



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