London, Charles Dickens Tour

This walk takes you to a selection of widely different pubs that were used by Charles Dickens or are named after him or his characters. The walk starts from Westferry Station on the Docklands Light Railway. It is a long walk with eleven stops so you may wish to split it over 2 or more days. Select pictures for larger size.

The Grapes, Limehouse
The Grapes,
76 Narrow Street, E14 8BP. Walk right from Westferry DLR station, under the railway bridge into Limehouse Causeway. At the start of Narrow Street, The Grapes will be on your left. 8mins
Opening hours1: Noon daily
. Closed from 3:30-5:30 Mon-Wed. Adnams Southwold, Bitter and Twisted, Black Sheep, Many ales, changing regularly., Marstons Pedigree.
Charles dickens was a patron and mentioned the pub in "Our Mutual Friend" Food is available from noon. There is a small outdoor seating area at the back of the pub, overlooking the river. Further History:  There is an upstairs dining room.
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Continue along Narrow Street to soon turn right into Horseferry road. Take the path/cycle CS3 lane on the right to Cable Street continuing along the blue CS3  and eventually a slight left onto Royal Mint Street. The pub is on your left. 34 min

The Artful Dodger

Artful Dodger Royal Mint St

47 Royal Mint Street E1 8LG. Open 11am daily.  Greene King IPA
Previously known as the Crown and Seven Stars and changed to its present name in 1985. The crown sign is still showing on the top floor. You sit in the window and watch the trains go by.  Address is formerly 47 Rosemary Lane. Note there was also a pub called the Seven Stars, listed in 1839 and 1844 at 22 Rosemary Lane. The Pub established was in a former warehouse by 1800. Free Wifi.

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Head left down Royal Mint Street to cross Mansel Street into Tower Hill. Continue into tower hill and cross thr roads so that you walk on with the Tower of London immediately on your left. Continue onto Lower Thames Street and when you reach London Bridge crossing the road climb the stairs in the tunnel on your left. Cross the bridge and then keep on in the same direction to eventually reach the George Inn on your left. 26min.

The George InnGeorge Inn, Borough High St.

75-77 Borough High Street SE1 1NH    Open 11am. noon Sundays
Greene King range of ales.  Free Wifi.
The pub is owned by the National Trust. Dating from the 17th century this public house, leased to a private company, is London's last remaining galleried inn.
The George was one of the many famous coaching inns in the days of Charles Dickens. Dickens in fact visited the George and referred to it in Little Dorrit. William Shakespeare was probably also a visitor but there is no real evidence of that; the Globe Theatre was a short distance away.

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Head left on Borough High Street then right onto Union Street B300. Continue on Union Street. Pub is on right. 9 min

Charles Dickens Union Street

The Charles Dickens, 160 Union Street SE1 0LH  Open Noon daily. This pub is currently closed. Closed for renovation.
Open noon daily Free Wifi. Named after the author the pub is in an area frequented by Dickens.  His lodgings as a boy are nearby in Lant Street. Large pub nicely furnished. Walls covered with Dickens pictures. 6 ales usually available and good food lunch and evening. Adnams Southwold, Ever changing ale list. Free Wifi.

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Retrace your steps along Union Street to turn 3rd left into Southwark Bridge Road. Cross the river. Continue onto Queen Street. Left on to Cannon Street. Right into Bow Lane. Walk up to Watling Street and the Pub. 19 min.

Ye Olde Watling, London

Ye Olde Watling

29 Watling St, London EC4M 9BR      Open all day from 10am. Saturday and Sunday from noon.Said to be a favourite haunt of Dickens. One claim to fame is that the upstairs rooms were used as a drawing office during the building of St Paul's Cathedral.

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Head left on Watling Street passing Watling Court. Continue onto St Pauls Churchyard. Walk on until you reach the front of St Pauls and continue into Ludgate Hill. Continue crossing Farringdon street into Fleet Street. Pub is on right  in narrow Cheshire Court. 13min

Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese, Fleet St.

Ye Old Cheshire Cheese

145 Fleet Street EC4A2BV  11.30-11; closed Sun
Samuel Smith Old Brewery Bitter/OBB
Charles Dickens, Oliver Goldsmith, Mark Twain, Alfred Tennyson, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, G K Chesterton and Dr Johnson were some of the customers.

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Continue along Fleet Street to turn right into Bell Yard, just past the Bank of England Pub. Turn left into Cary Street. Pub is on right. 7min.

Seven Stars Cary Street

The Seven Stars

53-54 Carey Street  11-11; 12-11 Sat & Sun.  Food 12-9.30; 1-9.30 Sat & Sun

Dickens was a regular here in an area that is featured in many of his books. He also worked in the area.
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Head down Cary Street following round to turn left into Portugal Street. The pub is at the end. 5 min

George IV Portugal St.

The George IV

28 Portugal Street Opening hours Noon,  closed sat& sun
Hobgoblin, Black Sheep, Bluestone Bitter. Cloud Wifi
Celebrated as the Magpie and Stump in ‘The Pickwick Papers’, when it advertised not only Devonshire cider to Mr Pickwick, but the 500,000 barrels of ‘double stout’ that were held in the cellars. Owned by London School of Economics

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Head on down Portugal Street to turn left onto Kingsway. Turn right into Aldwych and right into Drury Lane. 2nd Left into Russell Street. At the end turn right into Bow Street and then left into Floral street. Keep on down Floral street to Lazenby Court on the left. 12 min

Lamb and Flag Rose St.

Lamb and Flag

33 Rose Street. WC2E 9EB  (020) 7497 9504 11-11; 12-10.30 Sun
Food served 12-7, 15-5 Fri and sat. 12-8 Sun
Butcombe Butcombe BitterFuller's Chiswick BitterFuller's London PrideFuller's ESB
Dickens drank in this pub but it was called the Bucket of Blood in his day. This was because of the bare knuckle fighting that took place outside. Free Wifi

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Head right out of the pub on Rose Street towards Floral Street. Turn right into Long Acre/B402. Turn right into Endell Street /B401. Turn left into Long Acre /B402. Continue onto Remnant Street. Turn left into Lincoln's Inn Fields.Turn right into Whetstone Park. Turn left at Newman's Row. Turn right into High Holborn/A40. Turn left into Charterhouse Street/B500. Turn left into Ely place. The pub is down a little alley on your left.  22 min.

Ye Olde Mitre, Ely Place

Ye Olde Mitre  1 Ely place. EC1N 6SJ  11am closed sat&sun

Dr Johnson and Charles Dickens drank here (though not together) This is not to be missed. Full of cosy nooks and a lovely atmosphere. A multitude of ales beside the Fullers range. Free Wifi

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Retrace your steps out of Ely place. Turn left and then left again up Saffron Hill and the pub is on your left. (Saffron Hill was the home of Fagin in Oliver Twist). 6 min Bleeding heart tavern is nearby but is now a restaurant.

One Tun Saffron Hill

The One Tun

One Tun 125 Saffron Hill. EC1N 8QS   opening hours 11am. closed Sat & Sun
Doom Bar, Brakspears, Adnams, Greene King IPA.
Patronised by Dickens and mentioned in Oliver Twist under the fictional name The Three Cripples. Thai food served. Free Wifi

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Farringdon Station is nearby.

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