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Mike and Cindy giving a literary walking tour outside the London Library in St James's where Mrs Dalloway meets James Bond, featuring writers like Virginia Woolf, Ian Fleming, Graham Greene, Noel Coward and Evelyn Waugh.

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 

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THE St james's jaunt -
Where mrs dalloway meets James bond

Available Saturday mornings and Wednesday afternoons
- or as a  private tour on a date of your choice

3 hours

Swanky St James's has long attracted gents who relish luxury and indulgence, perhaps best epitomised by the inimitable Noel Coward and his friend Ian Fleming.  Its gentlemen’s clubs have counted Evelyn Waugh and Siegfried Sassoon as members, and its residents have included Graham Greene and Aldous Huxley.  Within the prestigious walls of the London Library they might well have run into Virginia Woolf, Edith Sitwell and Rose Macaulay. 

All these writers' lives intersected, and we reveal their friendships and feuds -- and what they really thought about each other!

The price is £25 per person and pre-booking is essential. Click on 'Book Tour' to see available dates.

Gift cards for this and our Bloomsbury Blast are available via the gold buttons at the top and bottom of this page. 

Book Tour

THE BLOOMSBURY BLAST - starring virginia woolf, T S ELiot & friends

Radical movements and revolutionary writers in "leafy literary land"


Available Saturday mornings and Wednesday afternoons
- or as a private tour on a date of your choice

3 hours

The leafy squares and characterful streets of Bloomsbury belie the hotbed of radical political and artistic movements it hosted in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Numerous blue plaques commemorate artists and intellectuals, and ground-breaking novelists, poets and playwrights who lived and worked here. 

Our Bloomsbury Blast will lead you in the footsteps of some literary giants, including Nobel Prize-winners W B Yeats, T S Eliot and Bengali polymath Rabindranath Tagore. We'll meet the famous 'Bloomsbury Group', including Leonard and Virginia Woolf. And there are other lesser known, but no less important collectives such as the one centred on a little bookshop where the leading poets of the day congregated. We'll also pay tribute some writers deserving greater recognition. 

Enjoy a rich cast of characters, painful tragedies and hilarious antics as we wander beautiful Bloomsbury. 

The price is £25 per person and pre-booking is essential. Click on 'Book Tour' to see available dates.

Gift cards for this and our St James's Jaunt are available via the gold buttons at the top and bottom of this page. 

Book Tour

for student groups:

The author’s life in the city she loved

Statue of Virginia Woolf, Tavistock Square, Bloomsbury, seen on London Literary Tours' Bloomsbury literary walking tour about writers Virginia Woolf, T S Eliot, E M Forster, D H Lawrence, W B Yeats, Rabindranath Tagore.

Available by appointment

2 hours

This tour, especially designed for students of Woolf, charts her life in Bloomsbury.

Arriving here in 1904 as a 22-year-old, Virginia Woolf developed a relationship to Bloomsbury that would endure until World War 2, when her home in Mecklenburgh Square was bombed.

Virginia stuck to the squares that are so much a characteristic of Bloomsbury, with stints in Fitzroy Square (actually in Fitzrovia) and Brunswick Square. And her longest place of residence here was in Tavistock Square, in a home she shared for 15 years with husband Leonard, and where they ran the Hogarth Press. It’s here where she wrote some of her most iconic novels.

At each stop you’ll hear about relationships with family and friends – including the Bloomsbury Group -- as well as other writers.

Mike and Cindy will tell significant stories in the places where they happened, quote extensively from diaries and letters, and perform extracts from the work of this extraordinary writer.

We offer a discounted private tour rate for student groups. Please get in touch by phone or email to discuss what we can do for you.


private Tours

Available any day, any time, as long as we're free!

For groups of 2 to 4 people, we offer a private tour for £50 per person. Larger groups (eg student groups or book clubs) can come at a discounted rate. Please contact us to discuss.

We can tailor tours to suit the needs and interests of our guests. Small groups may wish to take up our extended tour package, which includes refreshments at an establishment patronised by our writers and, if desired, visits to some of their favourite shops.

Whatever your wishes, we’d love to hear from you.


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3 hours

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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