London has been the birthplace, inspiration or setting for thousands of books and their on-screen adaptations. And we’ve some compelling 2FOR1 offers on opportunities to learn more about some of your most beloved authors and their creations. So read on…
Dr Samuel Johnson’s House
Dr Samuel Johnson, the great writer and wit, lived and worked in this townhouse in the City of London compiling his great Dictionary of the English Language. Explore how life was for Dr Johnson and his housemates in this 'difficult and noisy household’ and peruse the tranquil research library.
Shakespeare’s Globe Exhibition and Tour
This amazing replica of Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre was built in 1997 just 200 metres away from where the original stood in the 17th century. The Globe Exhibition and Tour explores the life of Shakespeare, the London where he lived, and the theatre for which he wrote. The tour is full of stories from colourful tales from 1599 right up to the theatre’s reconstruction in the 1990s.
London Walks - Literary London
This walk explores "the other Bloomsbury" away from the British Museum. Your guide will show you secret squares, hidden streets and reveal the secrets of the neighbourhood where “the Bloomsbury set” lived and wrote. Included on the tour is London's tiniest street, its most literary street and a Sylvia Plath-Ted Hughes house. The Literary London Walk takes place every Tuesday at 2.30pm starting from Holborn.
London Walks - Sherlock Holmes
Your guide will take you through Charing Cross, the Strand’s gas-lit alleys and Covent Garden as you follow the trail of Holmes and Watson. The tour ends at the re-creation of Sherlock Holmes's study in a building immortalised in The Hound of the Baskervilles and featuring many artefacts donated by the Conan Doyle family. The walk takes place every Friday at 2pm. Benedict Cumberbatch not included.
Harry Potter Bus Tour
This three-hour bus tour will delight wizards and muggles alike. You’ll be taken to many London locations used in the film include Leadenhall Market, the site used for the Leaky Cauldron. You’ll also visit Platform 9 ¾ at Kings Cross station and the nearby Harry Potter shop.
Roald Dahl Museum
Half an hour from London by train is the village of Great Missenden where the beloved children’s author lived. This award-winning museum has three fun galleries of interactive displays, plus crafts, children’s activities and Café Twit.