London was to Shakespeare and Dickens what Paris was to Balzac. It held them in its thrall, was both their canvas and their inspiration, their workshop and their raw material. They, in turn, made it their own, imaginatively colonising it.
And, like “special correspondents for posterity”, bequeathed it to us. Today, despite the ravages of time, riot, bombing, and especially fire, traces of their London – shipwrecks from the past – still abound in the City.
Everything from superb half-timbered Elizabethan dwellings to the magnificent early 16th-century gatehouse where Shakespeare went with his plays to the offices of the Elizabethan Master of the Revels. And from London’s grandest Tudor manor house to crooked little alleys which fed the fires of Dickens’s “hallucinating genius”.
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Reserve tickets at this website2021-02-07 14:45 2021-02-07 14:45 Europe/London Shakespeare’s and Dickens’ Old City A guided walk around the City looking for old London. https://www.ianvisits.co.uk/calendar/2021/02/07/shakespeares-and-dickens-old-city-241645 St Paul's tube station (exit 2),Cheapside,London,
St Paul's tube station (exit 2),