Great WRITERS' stories brought to
life where they happened
Join us on a walking tour and discover the fascinating relationships between London locations
and renowned poets, playwrights and novelists. Enjoy seeing their works dramatically performed along the way.
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 and masterpieces penned here by such illustrious figures as Virginia Woolf, Ian Fleming, Graham Greene, Aldous Huxley and Evelyn Waugh, and its sophisticated style has perhaps been best embodied by Noel Coward. Meet them all, and more besides, on a jolly St James's Jaunt.
Thrilling afternoon with Mike & Cindy, threading through St. James’s & Piccadilly, calling up the ghosts of Woolf, Sassoon, the Sitwells, Waugh, Huxley, Greene, Coward. “Tour” doesn’t do it justice – “promenade performance art” more like. Stephen @biblivore
An escape from these dark times, loved it. Charlotte Randle, London
I love how you brought the authors and characters to life. I have never experienced a walking tour or live performance quite like it. Dominique Exmann, London
London Literary Tours' walk around St James’s was possibly my favourite ever London tour and I recommend it to anyone who likes London, history, writers of the early 20th century and all things dramatic. Charley Stone, London
SOHO STRUT (coming soon)
Sexy and 'out there', Soho has been a home, a heaven and a refuge to writers and visionaries. Come join the (generally very bibulous) circle that at one time or another included Dylan Thomas, George Orwell, Brendan Beehan and Jeffrey Bernard, and discover the Soho connections of women like Sylvia Plath and Dorothy L. Sayers.
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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, 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 or two along the way.
“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
“Books are like mirrors: if a fool looks in, you cannot expect a genius to look out.”J K Rowling
“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