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Visiting Dickensian Pubs

Victorian author Charles Dickens is renowned the world over for novels such as Oliver Twist and Great Expectations.  Such books have frequently been made into very memorable films as well as musicals.  The often-dismal scenes of London that he portrays no longer exist – but the pubs he knew and loved can still be visited.

Not too far from elegant Regency house hotel London is the Fleet Street which was the haunt of writers and journalists. This was the centre of the busy newspaper industry and was active day and night.  Writers and journalists gathered in local pubs, exchanging news and views. One of the most popular pubs for Dickens was Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese.  Tucked away in a courtyard just off Fleet Street, this pub still has a very antique, historic feel today.  It is characterized by its maze-like interior of countless little bars and little dining areas, as well as the queues at the bar!  It is just as popular today as it was in Charles Dickens time. With few windows and dark wood paneling; this is a pub that still feels as though it is a step back in time.

One of the unusual features of Victorian London was the way in which wealthy or industrious areas could be surrounded by impoverished, and often criminal areas. Dickens knew them all, as he often walked and explored London for hours at a time. Within a few minutes walk of Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese is another pub with a very different reputation. This is The One Tun in Farringdon.  During Dickens time, this was a rough area frequented by criminals.  It is believed that his visits to The One Tun gave Dickens the inspiration for his famous pub, The Three Cripples, in Oliver Twist.  The Three Cripples was where Fagin and Bill Sykes met to exchange stolen property – and on one occasion was accompanied by the young boy known as Oliver Twist. For tourists, there are many Hotels near Oxford Street that will add a touch of decadence to your stay.

The George & Vulture in the city of London was another of Dickens favourite pubs and it featured in one of Dickens earliest novels: The Pickwick Papers.  Members of the Pickwick Club frequently met in pubs during their journeys.  One of those pubs was The Blue Boar – which is known to have been directly modeled on The George & Vulture. The Pickwick Club members had a merry time in The Blue Boar, enjoying their drinks and conversation.  Today, visitors to the George & Vulture can still experience that same fun and relaxation with good beer and food on offer. 

So if you’re staying in hotels near covent garden london, make sure to include these famous spots in your itinerary.

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