London: that vast and and sprawling metropolis. With so much to do and so much to see, it can be a daunting prospect for the uninitiated, to venture the streets in search of what you seek. But never fear! We have the list of top 10 best things to do in London for book lovers, to make any book worm’s travels as straightforward as possible.
St. Martin’s Theatre in Kensington
Now into its 65th year, with over 26,900 shows, this Agatha Christie mystery is the world’s longest running play and one of theatre’s best-kept secrets! The Mousetrap is performed at the picturesque St Martin’s Theatre and is a must for any history buff or whodunnit lover.
Agatha Christie Memorial in Covent Garden
Situated just around the corner from the infamous St Martin’s Theatre. Finish off a murder mystery filled evening with a trip to the plaque dedicated to the queen of golden age crime fiction.
Sherlock Holmes Museum in Marylebone
Probably the most famous literary address of all time, 221b Baker Street, was home to definitely the most famous literary detective of all time, Sherlock Holmes, and now houses a Victorian themed museum in his honour.
Platform 9 3/4 in King’s Cross
Situated inside the sprawling King’s Cross train station is a shop and platform of rather more magical properties. You can have your photograph taken, with a scarf in your house colours, or explore the Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts merch inside the accompanying store.
Charles Dickens Museum in Camden
The Charles Dickens Museum is the sole surviving London residence of the infamous Victorian novelist and social commentator. As well as providing the exploration of historic artefacts the tea room offers a delicious reprieve from your literary wanderings.
Shakespeare’s Globe in Southwark
This gorgeously picturesque building will transport you back to days long gone by. You can explore a history of the bard it is named after, as well as that of historic London, or watch a performance of the most renowned and long-lasting plays as you soak up the atmosphere and history of the building.
The British Library in Kings Cross
Check their schedule as this sprawling building hosts many literary themed talks and events. A solo exploration of the structure itself is also well worth an afternoon of your time. The world’s second largest library has books on every diverse and obscure topic, in a variety of languages, and hours can be spent exploring its shelves.
Bloomsbury Square Gardens in Bloomsbury
Connect with both nature and history, as this idyllic outdoor space was the meeting grounds for many of the lates and greats of the literary world. Spy Virginia Woolf’s home and T.S. Eliot’s place of work, among numerous other infamous names.
Far Rockaway in Shoreditch
Street art lines the walls and street food is on the menu! The vibrant urban atmosphere of Far Rockaway is the perfect place to end your day with some of the yummy delicacies on offer, or indulging in their selection of signature cocktails. It also houses a large collection of graphic novels and comic book merchandise.
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What better way to while away a rainy afternoon than in some of the most atmospheric and renowned book shops that the city has to offer. See our list of the 10 best London book shops to find your favourites.
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