Explore vibrant and cosmopolitan Borough Market in the company of an acclaimed chef and food writer who can take you through the historic, stall-lined lanes, introduce you to traders and fill you in on the market's history.
Literary tour of London
Few cities can lay claim to as many notable writers as London. Almost every English scribe of great renown has passed through the capital at one point or another, whether struggling to make ends meet, hoping for their big break or sharing ideas with groups of friends who went on to shape new cultural movements.
In many cases you can visit their homes and preferred watering holes, the libraries and bookshops that provided inspiration, or walk down streets in the footsteps of some of English literature's most famous characters. An expert on literary London will bring these locations to life on a fascinating private half-day walking tour.
After meeting your guide at the British Museum, embark on a walking tour through leafy and affluent Bloomsbury, one of the most literature-rich areas of London. Wander through tranquil green squares and visit London’s smallest street as you explore locations associated with the Bloomsbury Set, an influential group of writers, artists and intellectuals that included Virginia Woolf and E M Forster, among others.
The group established itself in this part of London in the first half of the 20th century, living, working and studying together, sharing ideas and promoting each other’s work. Follow in their wake, exploring the area with your guide, visiting houses where members lived on Bloomsbury Square, Gordon Square and Fitzroy Square, and the small bookshops, galleries and literary pubs of this quiet area that was once home to so many influential thinkers.
As you walk your guide explains about the lives and ideas of the group's most significant members, how they reacted to Victorian attitudes, how their progressive thinking was so controversial at the time and how their complicated love lives caused rifts among the group's members.
Your walking tour ends at the British Library, the second largest library in the world. Although many of the historical tomes, manuscripts and memorabilia owned by the library are not on public display, there is plenty to keep you engaged.
Along with fascinating temporary exhibitions and regular special events, one of the most interesting areas is the Sir John Ritblat Treasures room, a permanent exhibition area displaying over 200 items, including an original copy of the Magna Carta, the Gutenberg Bible, Shakespeare’s First Folio and hand written lyrics by John Lennon from the Beatles on the back of his son’s birthday card.
Speak to someone
who's been there
- Make an inquiry
Photos of Literary tour of London
Other experiences in London
These activities are designed to give you the most authentic experiences around where you're staying. We work with local guides, who use their knowledge and often a resident's eye to show you the main sights and more out-of-the-way attractions. Our specialists can suggest tours and activities, such as cooking classes, that will introduce you to the local ways of life.
Get a glimpse into the lives of the British monarchy on this full-day tour that takes in the austere Buckingham Palace in London and then tours the fascinating State Apartments of imposing Windsor Castle, the preferred royal home.
Explore delightful Greenwich, a leafy borough renowned for its magnificent architecture and strong connections to the maritime and scientific world. Stroll through the Royal Observatory, strand straddling two hemisphere's are learn about the race to reach China aboard the Cutty Sark.
Buckle up and sit back for the ride of a lifetime as you whizz around London's backstreets in a classic Mini Cooper, ticking off the sights as you go and discovering some of the city's hidden charms with a local expert.
Discover the history behind St Paul's Cathedral on a private guided tour with a local expert. Learn about its design and construction, the craftsmen who worked on it and climb to the top of the dome for panoramic views over central London.
Immerse yourself into the world of William Shakespeare with a trip to the Globe Theatre. This replica faithfully reproduces the original's thatched roof, open-air performance area and actors who encourage the audience to get involved in the production.
Avoid the crowds as you discover London’s most important sites with a private guide. This intimate tour visits Westminster Abbey and the Tower of London, where you can see the Crown Jewels, with a connecting boat ride along the Thames.