Theatrical walking tours about famous writers in Bloomsbury and St James's


Come on one of our tours of literary sites and delight in tales about some of London's most illustrious writers - like Virginia Woolf, Ian Fleming, Graham Greene and Noel Coward - brought to life in their own words, and with performances of excerpts from their novels, plays and poems.




Our Tours

Key features of our tours:
• Limited to small groups
• Two guides, Mike and Cindy, working as a double act
• Performed extracts from novels, plays and poems
• Writers ‘brought to life’ with quotations from their letters and diaries
• Researched and created by guides 


THE BLOOMSBURY BLAST
Starring Virginia Woolf, T S Eliot and friends


Available Saturday mornings and Wednesday afternoons


3 hours


Characterised by grand garden squares and streets lined with bookshops, cafes and pubs, Bloomsbury is an area synonymous with  writers, commemorated in numerous plaques on the walls of their former residences.

On our Bloomsbury Blast you'll meet dazzling literary stars like Virginia Woolf, T S Eliot, W B Yeats, D H  Lawrence and E M Forster, and unique, experimental women like Charlotte Mew, Dorothy Richardson and Hilda Doolittle. Joined by a giant of world literature in Rabindranath Tagore, and movers and shakers like Ezra Pound and Wyndham Lewis we'll reveal a Bloomsbury buzzing with radical ideas, progressive movements and literary pioneers.

  • The price is £25 per person and pre-booking is essential. Click on 'Book Tour' to see available dates.
  • Private tours - on day and time of your choosing - available by appointment.
  • Discounts for student groups. 
  • Can be purchased as a gift - see below. 

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St James's Jaunt

THE ST JAMES'S JAUNT
Where Mrs Dalloway meets James Bond


Available Saturday mornings and Wednesday afternoons


3 hours


With its clubs, shops and galleries, and a library at its heart, swanky St James's has been a magnet for writers over centuries. Scenes have been set here, plays performed here, and masterpieces penned here.

Our St James’s Jaunt ranges from World War 1 to the Cold War, from the poems of Wilfred Owen and Siegfried Sassoon to the spy novels of Graham Greene and Ian Fleming. We celebrate brave, experimental women like Virginia Woolf, Nancy Cunard and Edith Sitwell, and we relish the biting wit of Noel Coward and Evelyn Waugh. The wry prognostications of Aldous Huxley and Rose Macaulay complete a picture of a St James’s bristling with intellect and intensity.

  • The price is £25 per person and pre-booking is essential. Click on 'Book Tour' to see available dates.
  • Private tours - on day and time of your choosing - available by appointment.
  • Discounts for student groups. 
  • Can be purchased as a gift - see below. 

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Book Tour

This tour is seamlessly crafted by the guides themselves who are passionate aficionados of the interwar literary landscape.  Not only do they recite and perform excerpts that transport you to the London of that era, in so doing Mike and Cindy offer insight into the socio-political climate of the time.  The warmth and charisma with which Mike and Cindy welcome us into this world nurtures a sense of connection and belonging irrespective of biblio-credentials, and when the tour concluded it felt like bidding adieu to family.

Róisín McGrogan

Never has learning been more fun!  Cindy and Mike were amazing guides, their knowledge is extraordinary and the passion they have for their subject is infectious.  Not only did they bring these incredible characters to life in the places they lived and worked, but they showed how their lives were interwoven and regaled us with scandalous stories of what they all got up to!  They gave me enough of a taste of the writers' work, at times moving and at others hilarious, to make me want to go out and read, read, read...

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AND FOR YOUR FRIEND WHO LOVES BOOKS...


Would you like to surprise that person you always buy book tokens for?  Then look no further.

Simply click on either the gold 'Book Tour' button at the top of this page, or the floating 'Book Now' button at the bottom and you'll have the option to purchase a gift card.

The recipient(s) can then get in touch with us to come on a tour of their choice, on a date that works for them.


WHY NOT MAKE A GIFT OF ONE OF OUR TOURS?


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WELCOME



London Literary Tours exists to spread passion for brilliant writing on the streets of the city that we love and call home.

We follow in the footsteps of some of our greatest literary figures, tell scintillating stories about them peppered with extracts from diaries, letters and reviews, and perform extracts of their writing in places where they lived, loved, worked and unwound.

Regardless of what you've read or not read, there will be plenty for you to discover about both popular and lesser-known writers.

Expect to be wowed and have a good laugh along the way!


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Esra Yildirim
Esra Yildirim
The best literary tour in London, thanks to Cindy and Mike! We very much enjoyed both the St James’s Jaunt and the Bloomsbury Blast. Professionally and lovingly curated literary tours which take you into a time machine where you immediately start feeling, breathing and just being part of the era they’re sharing with you while you’re standing and walking with them on London streets. Higly recommend.
Anu Prabhala
Anu Prabhala
A must do for any literature lover! Mike and Cindy gave us an exquisite insight into the life and surroundings of the Bloomsbury authors, including jocular and serious recitations from key texts of the time written by Virginia Wolfe, Tagore, T. S. Eliot and many more. The material was so well researched and organized—including a handout with works cited to take back home with us—that even my 14-year old son was inspired to research some authors and read up more. Clearly, these are two guides who know, and are passionate about literature and drama. It was a delight to spend 3 hours with them on our last day in London—we saved the best for the last!
Katrina Buck
Katrina Buck
Wonderful walking tour through Bloomsbury. You can tell that Cindy and Mike put a lot of knowledge, love and enthusiasm into it and it at every moment, so it quickly became a highlight of our trip. What can I say, we had a (Bloomsbury) blast! - Katrina, Yana and Jana
Deborah George
Deborah George
St James’s Blast was an exceptional walking tour with Mike and Cindy. Without doubt one of the best city walking tours I’ve done. Combining writers and their books with the area they lived and worked, made for a perfect afternoon. Mike and Cindy are great hosts and really know their stuff. Highly recommended.
Frances Muir
Frances Muir
Enjoyed this lovingly curated literary tour of St James. Mike and Cindy share their knowledge and enthusiasm for literature and London in and entertaining and informative way. Highly recommend.
Serena Edmund-Jones
Serena Edmund-Jones
This is an absolute delight, whether you live in London or are visiting. Mike and Cindy beautifully deliver the most wonderful anecdotes, quotes, scenes, poems and much more about the literary "players" around the time of WWI and WW2 in the St James's area of London. It's a brilliant 3-hour romp! They are knowledgable, entertaining, great actors and have put together a great literary tour. Not to be missed!
Claire Angus
Claire Angus
What a wonderful way to spend a Saturday morning! We really enjoyed the Bloomsbury Blast walking tour with Cindy & Mike. It was such an interesting tour, brought to life with the quotes, poems and performances from the works of the authors covered in the tour. We were will still talking about it over our lunch and long into the afternoon after the tour.
Iain Jones
Iain Jones
Had an excellent time today with Mike & Cindy and their London Literary Tour of Bloomsbury. Very informative & great fun. Highly recommended 👏 Iain & Harriet
Colin Coulter
Colin Coulter
Bloomsbury Blast! I heartily recommend this wonderful tour to all other literary lovers. Mike and Cindy make London's literary history come alive as you walk the streets of London in the shadow of Virginia Woolf, W.B. Yeats, D.H. Lawrence, T.S. Eliot and many other writers and poets. A mixture of literary history, quotations, impressions and reflection on the lives of these greater writers all delivered with Mike and Cindy’s unique style. A great way to see a side of London many tourists and residents may never see.
paola romero
paola romero
Bloomsbury came to life! Mike and Cindy are not just knowledgable, engaging and kind but a huge FUN to be walking around Bloomsbury's squares. There's something for everyone in this tour, an enriching and enjoyable experience - they keep you on your toes. Thank you for sharing all your passion for literature, history and all things human! HIGHLY recommended


Blogs and Social

  • “So many books, so little time."

    Frank Zappa
  • “The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid.”

    Jane Austen
  • “Literature sets up a vision which guides people to a better understanding of themselves and their world.”

    Aldous Huxley
  • “I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library.”

    Jorge Luis Borges
  • “No entertainment is so cheap as reading, nor any pleasure so lasting.”

    Lady Mary Wortley Montague
  • “A book should serve as an axe for the frozen sea within us.”

    Franz Kafka
  • “Many people, myself among them, feel better at the mere sight of a book.”

    Jane Smiley
  • “A room without books is like a body without a soul.”

    Cicero
  • “Books are the mirrors of the soul.”

    Virginia Woolf
  • “Literature is mostly about having sex and not much about having children. Life is the other way round.”

    David Lodge
  • “A book is like a garden in the pocket.”

    Chinese Proverb
  • "BEING LOCKED IN A BOOKSHOP IS A SORT OF FANTASY OF MINE. A NIGHT OF QUIET SURROUNDED BY WORDS."

    Stig Abell
  • "A GOOD BOOKSHOP IS JUST A GENTEEL BLACK HOLE THAT KNOWS HOW TO READ."

    Terry Pratchett
  • "BOOKSTORES ARE LONELY FORTS, SPILLING LIGHT ONTO THE SIDEWALK."

    John Updike