When I arrived in London in May 2014, I was intending to stay for a while. Years, maybe. I figured I had time to ease myself into the city, and to slowly explore the tiny threads that make up the fabric of its history. I already knew that so many of my favourite literary figures had lived, visited, performed or set their stories there. But I had time to seek those places out.
I became a walking tour guide, and, if you ever want to learn a lot about a place in a short period of time, that’s the way to do it! Here’s Shakespeare’s theatre. This building was the inspiration for Gringott’s Wizarding Bank. This is the real Sweeney Todd’s barbershop – see the pie shop next door (actually, that one’s just a story – Sweeney Todd didn’t really exist). I walked the city every day.
Julius Caesar was on at the Globe. So was A Comedy of Errors. And King Lear. And Antony & Cleopatra. As I found my feet, I started going to see them. I made plans to see Martin Freeman in Richard III (but it sold out). Never mind, there would be other Kings to walk the boards. I was in London.
And then, in a cruel twist of fate, circumstances outside of anyone’s control drew me home. Away from all the plays I hadn’t yet seen; the museums, libraries and bookstores I hadn’t yet visited.
Yes, I miss London a lot. But waxing lyrical about one of my favourite cities is not (entirely) the point of my post.
I missed out on seeing those things because I thought there was no rush.
I have no one to blame but myself. But most people who visit the city don’t do so on a one-way ticket with all the time in the world. That means they’re far more motivated to see as much as possible in a really short time.
Sometimes only a couple of days.
So what I’ve done is come up with a guide that provides you with recommendations for three days of literary adventure within Central London. It has places to go for meals, drinks, walks, bookshops, libraries and museums. Tips for places to stay and how to get around. There’s even bonuses if something in the main guide doesn’t take your fancy, or you just want to squeeze a bit more in.
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