London audio tour: Charles Dickens from Furnival's Inn to Doughty Street

Charles Dickens from Furnival's Inn to Doughty Street

Walking Tour

60 mins

About the Tour

Discover the London that Charles Dickens knew in the company of his great great great granddaughter. You will journey from the place where Dickens lived as a young freelance journalist, to the house in which he was living when he became recognised as a famous author. As you walk, you will find out what made Charles Dickens such a passionate writer, how strongly his work was shaped by his childhood and about the early years of his extraordinary career. As you traverse modern London, you will hear tales about these wonderfully historic streets, many of which inspired Dickens in the writing of his famous novels. Let yourself be transported back in time to the London of Charles Dickens.

Tour Producer


Lucinda Hawksley

Author, broadcaster, lecturer and public speaker. I write about literature, art, social history and the history of London, as well as biographies. My books include "Charles Dickens and his Circle", "Charles Dickens: A Bicentenary Celebration" and "Katey, The Life and Loves of Dickens's Artist Daughter". Charles and Catherine Dickens were my great great great grandparents and I am a Patron of the Charles Dickens Museum in London.

Image: ©John Quintero Photography

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Major Landmarks

  • Staple Inn

  • Leather Lane Market

  • Charles Dickens Museum

Directions to Starting Point

Outside Chancery Lane station, at the junction of Gray's Inn Road and High Holborn (north side). If arriving by tube, leave the station via exit 2.

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Places to stop along the way

Leather Lane Market. Lamb's Conduit Street. The Charles Dickens Museum.

Best time of day

Any time of day, although it is best to avoid rush hour. The tour ends at the Charles Dickens Museum, so if you would like to visit the museum as well, please check for current opening times and plan accordingly.


This is a very busy part of London, so please be especially careful when crossing the roads and use pedestrian crossings when possible.


My first audio tour so I didn't know what to expect although I've done plenty of 'live' tours. It was interesting enough.

Posted by Ruth , 6 months ago
Preview mode limited to first 3 locations.
Charles Dickens from Furnival's Inn to Doughty Street