Episode 26: Literary London

Sherlock Holmes, London

Last Updated on June 19, 2023 by Ctybr67k

London through prose, poetry and literary walking tours

A set-in-London booklist, four reading anthologies based on London and four walking tours focussed on the capital’s best-known authors. Plus, a whole selection of snippets of poetry and prose.  In short, a comprehensive introduction to literary London and a host of follow-up ideas.  This episode brings you everything from Dickens to J K Rowling, from the London of Agatha Christie’s ‘At Bertram’s Hotel’ to that of Tarquin Hall’s ‘Salaam Brick Lane’.

Reading ideas:
London: An Illustrated Literary Companion by Rosemary Gray
The Blue Guide Literary Companion to London compiled by Robin Saikia
Fictional London: A Guide to the Capital’s Literary Landmarks by Stephen Halliday
City Lit London edited by Heather Reyes


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Links & Reading


Useful websites for tourists
Visit London 
Visit England London City Information Centre
Visit Britain (London Section) 

4 comprehensive guidebooks
Lonely Planet Pocket London
Rough Guide to London
Eyewitness London
Fodor’s London Guide

4 niche guidebooks
London’s Secret Walks by Graeme Chesters
London Walks, London Stories Edited by David Tucker
London by Tube (Walks near tube stations) by Christopher Winn
London’s Houses by Vicky Wilson

6 histories of London
Elizabeth’s London by Liza Picard
Restoration London by Liza Picard
Dr Johnson’s London by Liza Picard
Victorian London by Liza Picard
Johnson’s Life of London by Boris Johnson
City of London (the history of London as a financial centre) by David Kynaston

5 books on London’s Literary figures
Chaucer by Peter Ackroyd
Globe Life: Life in Shakespeare’s London by Catherine Arnold
Inside Dickens’ London by Michael Paterson
Living in Squares, Loving in Triangles (on the Bloomsbury Group) by Amy Licence
Fictional London: A Guide to the Capital’s Literary Landmarks by Stephen Halliday

3 London anthologies
City Lit London edited by Heather Reyes
Blue Guide Literary Companion to London compiled by Robin Saikai
London: An Illustrated Companion compiled by Rosemary Gray

4 Novels set in London
At Bertram’s Hotel by Agatha Christie
Mrs Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
Brick Lane by Monica Ali
Salaam Brick Lane by Tarquin Hall