London audio tour: Bohemian Bloomsbury: Literary London

Bohemian Bloomsbury: Literary London

Walking Tour

60 mins

About the Tour

Encounter literary greats like WB Yeats, T S Eliot and George Bernhard Shaw, on a walk that starts with the architecturally spectacular Fitzrovia, named after a descendant of Charles II and his mistress, Barbara Villiers. It's just a stone's throw from Tottenham Court Road, where you'll visit the cosy English pub where Dylan Thomas met his wife, and explore Bloomsbury, where members of the groundbreaking Bloomsbury Group like Virginia Woolf lived and worked. Passing Georgian squares, we'll make our way to two of London's greatest intellectual and cultural institutions, London University and the British Museum, before ending our walk in a charming Dickensian alleyway.

Tour Producer


Brian Cookson

After qualifying as a Russian Interpreter during National Service, I obtained a BA in Russian and German at Oxford University. I spent most of my working life as a computer consultant, mainly working for IBM. When I retired, I qualified as a London Blue Badge Guide. I lead guided walking tours all over London and have written two books - 'London Waterside Walks' and 'Crossing the River', published by Mainstream.

Information on my tours and lectures can be found at

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Major Landmarks

  • Fitzroy Square London

  • British Museum

Directions to Starting Point

Start the walk at Warren Street Underground Station which is on the Northern and Victoria Line.

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Places to stop along the way

Fitzroy Square, Fitzroy Tavern, Wheatsheaf pub, Bedford Square, British Museum, Wot the Dickens Café

Best time of day

It is best to do this walk in daylight. If you want to have a drink in the two famous pubs afternoon is best.


Crossing the road should be done with care. Usually you have to walk a bit further to find a pedestrian crossing.


Great way to see the nooks and crannies of London. Fascinating stories of many authors on this walk. With the Voicemap App you can also put it on pause, visit places and resume later. I went into two 2nd hand camera shops (with the Mrs tut-tutting outside) and we had a late breakfast. Great walk, do recommend it, thank you.

Posted by Alan , over 4 years ago

Thanks for your comment, Alan. What a good idea to end with breakfast - I am usually too late so have a pub lunch!

Posted by Brian , over 4 years ago

Great tour for intellectuals but also views of fine London squares

Posted by Kent , about 6 years ago
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Bohemian Bloomsbury: Literary London