Iconic Literary Sights in London You Shouldn’t Miss

September 14, 2016

For hundreds of years, London has held the honor of being a literary stronghold. Many of the world’s most renowned literary masterpieces are set in the hustle and bustle of London. If you happen to be a bookworm, you will find that London also happens to be home to some of the most iconic literary sights in the world. Whether you have just moved to a new London flatshare or you have lived here for a while, it is easy to see the legacy left by many of the greatest writers, including Dickens and Shakespeare. Below are just a few of the best literary attractions in London.
Shakespeare’s Globe
Situated on the bank of the Thames, Shakespeare’s Globe theatre offers a faithful look into what the original Elizabethan theatre looked like before it was destroyed in 1644. Comprised entirely of wood and featuring an open-air playhouse, the Globe is still home to plays and can be explored via an exhibition and tour. If you’re into discovering more about Shakespeare, make sure you also pay a visit Stratford-upon-Avon.
British Library Exhibitions
Home to more than 150 million items in a variety of languages and format, The British Library is also home to a variety of special literary exhibitions throughout the year. Regardless of what time you plan to visit, you can tour Treasures of the British Library, a permanent exhibition. Even better, it’s free of cost, meaning if you happen to be on a light budget after getting settled into your London flatshare, you can see soak up British culture.
Highgate Cemetery
Cemeteries might not normally rank at the top of your sightseeing list, but this beautiful and tranquil cemetery situated near Waterlow Park is the permanent resting place for a number of literary greats, including Sir Leslie Stephen, Douglas Adams, Herbert Spencer, and Anna Mahler. Many of the monuments you will encounter here are quite artistic and unique. Paid guided tours are available.
Literary Museums
A number of former residences of poets and authors in London have now been converted into museums in an effort to preserve their architectural and historical heritage. Among those sites include the Sherlock Holmes Museums, Keats House, and the Charles Dickens Museum.

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