February 26: Places Mentioned In Books That I’d Like to Visit
I’ve done a more general Bookish Tourism Top Ten Tuesday in the past, so this time I thought I’d get a little more specific and pick ten places in London books have made me want to (or where I already have) visit).
Literary London Landmark Tour
Tell me what you think!
Kings Cross Station — Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling — Obviously you can’t go onto Platform 9 3/4 (at least, if you’re a muggle) but there’s a great photo opportunity and a shop.
Covent Garden Market — A murderous spirit of mischief stalks this area in Rivers of London by Ben Aaronovitch, but there are some wonderful stalls and restaurants to explore.
Kew Gardens — House of Glass by Susan Fletcher — I’d love to spend a summer’s day at the “largest and most diverse botanical and mycological collections in the world”.
St. James’s Palace — Where Lady Helen is presented to the queen and first meets Lord Carlton in The Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman.
The Serpentine — A man-made ornamental pond than winds through Hyde Park. This is were A Holiday by Gaslight by Mimi Matthews begins.
The George Inn — Charles Dickens drank here and it’s mentioned in Little Dorrit. Somewhere to stop for lunch?
221b Baker Street — The well-known home of the famous detective. I’ve been to the little museum here (and it’s tiny) but there’s also a whole Sherlock Holmes trail along the street apparently.
The Globe Theatre — Not from a specific play, but a great day out if you’ve any interest in Shakespeare. The tour is fabulous and takes you inside even if you don’t want to stay for whatever the current play is. The on-site restaurant, The Swan, does an amazing A Midsummer Night’s Dream themed afternoon tea.
Frost fairs on the Thames — I sort of wish this still happened! In the 17th and 18th centuries, the Thames was broader and slower, winters were colder, and the Thames froze over. The fairs that were held on the frozen ice look amazing. There’s a great scene in What Kitty Did Next by Carrie Kablean.
Spitalfields — One the homes and workshops of the Huguenot silk weavers who fled to Britain in the 17th Century. The historic setting is vividly described in Blackberry and Wild Rose by Sonia Velton.