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Johnson's Court and The Inimitable Boz
Do come back to pay a visit to Dr.Johnson's House, but for now we're heading down Johnson’s Court to the left hand side, passing the bijou curator's cottage as we go.
Fans of Charles Dickens will enjoy that we are now following in his early literary footsteps, as it was on this very lane that his first publisher was located. Dickens himself remembered approaching uninvited at night, manuscript in hand, and posting it through the letterbox trembling with both fear and anticipation. They didn't pay him for his first submission, but did commission him to write further contributions and the career of the "Inimitable Boz" began in these humble backstreets.
Keep on following these winding narrow streets and head straight across the courtyard with the fountain at its centre. These labyrinthine backstreets are perfectly summed up by another Dr.Johnson quote:
"Sir, if you wish to have a just notion of the magnitude of this city, you must not be satisfied with seeing its great streets and squares, but must survey the innumerable little lanes and courts."
It's a life's work discovering all of these wonderful alleys, but let's carry straight on down, enjoy the peace and quiet, and we’ll meet once more at the bottom on Fleet Street where we’ll be turning right.