Enjoy a month of literary themed walks around London and discover stories of plague, murder and more on the streets and in the alleys.
Literary Footprints is an annual festival celebrating London literature and authors. The festival is organised by the guided walking company, Footprints of London, and runs throughout October.
This is the sixth time the Literary Footprints walking festival has taken place. The unique, London-centric festival acts like a walking book club, taking people out onto the streets of London on guided walks, led by experienced guides.
Participants will get to see where novels and poems are set, where the authors’ inspiration was born, and the avenues and alleyways, buildings and gardens, their characters inhabit. The places readers might normally visit only in their imagination.
This year’s literary walks will allow visitors to hear the horror of plague London as recounted by Daniel Defoe, follow Sherlock Holmes in the back streets of Marylebone, discover the Tudor London that makes up the background to Wolf Hall, hear the story of Britain’s first Railway Murder, and walk the streets that inspired T S Eliot’s Waste Land.
Visitors can also find out the secret of Mr Harris’ list the book that shocked 18th century London, hear Constable’s letters about Hampstead, join Dickens After Dark and brave Peter Ackroyd’s Monstrous East End.
Established in 2011, Footprints of London is a guided walks company with a difference. The company is owned by the guides, who are all qualified and accredited by at least one of the London guiding associations. All the walks are researched and written by the guides leading them.
When: Throughout October 2019
Where: Across London
£: Tickets cost £12 (£9 for concessions) per walk. A season ticket costs £49 and allows access to all the 2019 festival walks
More info: footprintsoflondon.com