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Literary London Tube Map

February 21, 2020
Literary London Tube Map

How well do you know literary London via its tube stations?

In The Book's literary-themed map replaces stations with famous novels based on the area they were set in London, a nice way of sharing some my favourite books (which are also some of our most popular tours). How many do you know?

Oliver Twist is set around Islington. Clerkenwell Green (Farringdon being the closest station) is where poor Oliver Twist is wrongly accused of trying to pick the pocket of Mr Brownlow. Oliver Twist Tour starts where Charles Dickens wrote of Oliver’s first entry into London, Angel, in chapter 8. Book a private Oliver Twist tour.

Another Dickens classic, A Christmas Carol, is geographically focused around the street of Cornhill where Scrooge’s name was “good upon the change” i.e. the Royal Exchange. Camden is given a brief mention as that is where Bob Crachit and his family live.  Our A Christmas Carol Tour starts at Monument and weaves its way through some of the most atmospheric narrow streets of the City of London where we connect the geographical locations with the novella. Book a private Christmas Carol tour.

The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde is a book of two halves (quite literally). London is an important setting for this Victorian mystery, with its ever-present fog, socially stratified neighbourhoods, and societal contradictions in what appears to be, and what really is. The rich character of London is central to the story. Mr Utterson’s residence is in Cavendish Square (the same as Dr Watson in Sherlock Holmes) but Dr Jekyll’s residence (and therefore Mr Hyde’s) is briefly described as “a square in Soho” Our Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde tour starts in Covent Garden where much of the backstory of Robert Louis Stevenson and his work unfurls. We then move into Soho, to explore the darkened narrow as so well described in this gothic novella. Book a private Jekyll and Hyde tour

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Guided Theatre: March 2020

February 20, 2020

February is over already? That went by quickly. Hello and welcome to your March addition of GUIDED THEATRE, the hub for all thing’s theatre, including news, the hottest shows and where to get your tickets.

It’s time to set those clocks forward and enjoy an extra hour of light. March also means we are one month closer to summer (woohoo). SO, what do we have to look forward to this month:


City of Angels

Originally premiering at the Donmar Warehouse in 2014, City of Angels was a huge success! S...


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The Oldest Trick in The Book

February 19, 2020

I am always amazed when I cross Westminster Bridge to see the Three Card Trick in operation. In case you don’t know it, this is where three criminals con people out of their money in a rigged card game, also known as Find The Lady. One person has three cards set up on a table or box and they invite you to guess which one is the Queen of Hearts – the lady. One of the accomplices poses as a punter, who is doing well at the game and winning lots of money. The third person then befriends peop...


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An evening tour of Moorgate

February 17, 2020

Last week Cubitts Opticians celebrated the opening of their new City of London store with a private tour of the local area for their staff. 

Private tours in the evening add a wonderful sense of drama to the events. Part of the Roman London wall route originally taken by the northern wall is commemorated, although now only loosely followed, by the road also named London Wall. With the store having a London Wall address I would have been remiss to not have mentioned it. 

This alignment, however,...


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Best ways to get around London

February 17, 2020

Navigating London

London is a fabulous city in which to live and to visit. Even though the most hardcore of Londoners can use a little help at time. And it's certainly nothing that a mobile app can't fix.



It's easy to get lulled into a false sense of security on regular London journeys, we know the route even with being on autopilot, even the specific carriage to get. But as soon as an unfamiliar journey is required a little more thought and preparation needs to be taken.

It's often said th...


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Rare objects paint a new picture of Bronze Age London

February 10, 2020

A total of 453 bronze objects dating between c.900 and c.800 have been discovered in Havering, Greater London. They were uncovered by archaeologists from Archaeological Solutions, as part of a planned excavation.

A pair of terret rings will be on display at the Museum of Docklands’ new exhibition: Havering Hoard: A Bronze Age Mystery. 

What are terret rings?

Terret rings are believed to have been used to prevent the reins of a horse from tangling on carts. 

These are the first Bronze Age ex...


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