Literary Tour of London – An Experience to Remember

Ever since I was a little girl, I have always dreamed of visiting the city of London. In books, magazines and television shows, they portrayed this city as a bustling hive of activity with a wide array of characters to make you laugh and ponder. I longed to be part of this hive and make friends with all the characters I encountered along the way.

At Christmas time, I could often be found in the kitchen begging my mother to take me this great city for Christmas day. At the time, she used the excuse of ‘we have no money to spend on trips like that’ and with this reply, I would skulk off to my bedroom and resume my daydream of the Queen’s guards and red double decker buses.

The moment I completed my schooling and was free of my parents clutches, I purchased a return train ticket to London and packed my bags, ready for the great adventure that lay ahead.

I took one of those famous black cabs to the center of London. This in inself was most exciting to me. My taxi driver handed me a leaflet of all the tours available around London. The wide range of tours available caused me to be faced with a difficult decision. What should I do?

Finally, after much debate, I decided to enroll on a literary tour of London. As a child, I was inspired by the works of Dickens, Keats and of course, Shakesphere. This tour was an experience that I could not refuse.

The tour began at 2.30 pm and a small group of us were greeted by an elderly gentleman. He guided us along the streets of London, away from the traditional route. I could almost feel the souls of the writers that had written their famed stories along these tracks.

My heart thumped against my chest as we were guided into the only surviving part of Marshalsea Prison where Charles Dickens father was held. We were also shown Little Dorrit Court which was named after little Amy Dorrit who was born in Marshalsea Prison in the early 19th century.

To my surprise, we also visited St. Pauls Cathedral and the Globe Theater which was a stunning replica of Shakesphere’s Bard Theater.

Without doubt, the hours I spent on this tour, were the greatest two hours of my life. I couldn’t believe that I was finally living my dream and on a tour that allowed me to experience London’s greatest literary geniuses.

By Suzana