Charles Dickens and London.

Explore some the places Charles Dickens saw and influenced him connected with London in our Dickens Trail. If you are in London click on the option to share your location (when the page loads) and you can see how far you are from the locations.

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Albion Tavern.

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

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.

Barnards Inn.

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

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.

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.

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.

Cleveland Street Workhouse
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.
Cursitor Street. Cook’s Court in Cursitor Street was home to Mr. Snagsby in Bleak House.
Devils Acre slum Site of Devils Acre slum.
Devonshire Terrace Dickens moved here in 1839.
Doctors Commons Dickens worked as a freelance reporter here from 1828-1832.
Dogs Home Dickens visited the forerunner of the Battersea Dogs Home based in Holloway and highlighted its work.
Doughty Street Charles Dickens lived here from March 1837 to December 1839.
Fetter Lane.

In the sketch The Dancing Academy, Mr. Augustus Cooper is from Fetter Lane.

Fitzroy Street.

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

Fulham.

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 Inn Charles 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.

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 House The 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 Inn In 1827 Dickens starts work as a solicitor's clerk at Gray's Inn, London
Great Marlborough Street Magistrates Court Charles 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 Ormond Street Hospital Charles 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.

Hampton Race Course

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

Hampton.

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 Cemetery The parents of Charles Dickens, John Dickens and Elizabeth Barrow, are buried together at Highgate Cemetery.
Horsemonger Lane Gaol Site of the Horsemonger Lane Gaol where Dickens witnessed the execution of the Mannings.
Houses of Parliament As 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 House Home of one of Charles Dickens' closest friends and used as the model for Bleak House.
Johnson Street Dickens family lived at 29 Johnson Street.
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 Tavern Dickens gave spoeches at this former meeting venue in Bishopsgate.
Marshalsea Prison John Dickens was imprisoned here for debt.
Marylebone Workhouse In 1840, Dickens attended an inquest at Marylebone workhouse into death of the infant child of a young maid, Eliza Burgess.
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.

Newgate Notorious 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 Street In 1828 the Dickens family moved into lodgings above a grocer
Nunhead. Dickens rented a house for himself and his mistress Ellen Ternan in Linden Grove, Nunhead between 1868 and his death in 1870.
Petersham.

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.

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 Music Fanny 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 Restaurant Dickens 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 Hill Notorious slum, home to Fagin and his gang of thieves in Oliver Twist.
Saracens Head, Snow Hill.

Former noted tavern and coaching inn featured in Nicholas Nickleby.

Selwood Terrace, Brompton Charles Dickens lodged here in 1835 whilst courting Catherine Hogarth, who lived nearby.
Seven Dials Notorious Victorian slum area.
Simpsons Chophouse Chop house in the City frequented by Dickens.
Somerset House Dickens' father John Dickens worked at the Navy Pay Office here.
Spaniards Inn Country inn featured in The Pickwick Papers.
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 Theatre Site of the former St James Theatre.
St. Johns Church Featured by Dickens in Our Mutual Friend.
St. Lukes Church, Chelsea

Charles Dickens married Catherine Hogarth here in 1836.

St. Mary-le-Strand Church John 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 Gardens Small tranquil park in Holborn which featured in several of Charles Dickens novels.
Suicide of John Sadleir John Sadleir the inspiration for Mr Merdle in Little Dorrit committed suicide here in 1856.
Tavistock House Dickens 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 Haymarket In 1857, Ellen Ternan was spotted by Dickens performing here.
Urania Cottage Dickens 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.

Warrens Blacking Factory Dickens was sent to work here as a 12 year old boy.
Wellington House Academy Dickens attended the Wellington House Academy from 1824-1827.
Westminster Abbey Charles Dickens was buried in Westminster Abbey, June 1870.
White Hart Inn Site of the Old White Hart Inn, Southwark.
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 Cheese Dickens 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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