48 Doughty Street

A few months before Queen Victoria began her reign in 1837, Charles Dickens and his wife Catherine moved to 48 Doughty Street in London.

Charles Dickens lived at this Grade I listed building in Bloomsbury from 1837 until 1839, the period when his fame was at its height.

He wrote Oliver Twist, Pickwick Papers and Nicholas Nickleby whilst living there.


Nowadays Charles Dickens’ only surviving London house, is a museum dedicated to this extraordinary novelist. It has been reconstructed as he knew it.

We think the Charles Dickens Museum is one of London’s hidden gems!

Here you will get a good sense of the author’s private life.

You’ll see treasures including Dickens’ desk, handwritten drafts from the novels he wrote here, rare editions and personal artefacts.

It is quite fascinating to walk through rooms dressed with their furniture, table ware, portraits, marble busts, china ornaments and paintings.

Images by Charles Dickens Museum | Index image by Cool Places Britain

London, its streets, and its people provided an enormous inspiration for the writings of Charles Dickens.

Go and explore the Dickensian side of London on foot!

The Dickens’s Magic Lantern Trail starts at the Charles Dickens Museum and discovers many of the places that inspired the works of Charles Dickens.

A slightly longer walk starts at Chancery Lane Underground Station. This Dickensian London Trail offers a 2,5-hour stroll through Dickens London. It ends at the Charles Dickens Museum.

We would like to mention the hand drawn map of ‘A Christmas Carol’ published by the Literary Map Company.

It comprises two walks and takes you past historic sites of banks, prisons and poor houses, and the alleys and courts referred to in Dickens’ classic novel.

Cool Places to Explore

St Paul’s Cathedral | British Library | British Museum | St Pancras Station.

Cool Places to Eat

The Eagle Farringdon | Iberica | The Clerkenwell Kitchen | St John Restaurant.