In September 2012 I walked through the night in the footsteps of Charles Dickens.
I walked with the director Oli Rose, using the clues in Dickens’ essay ‘Night Walks’ from The Uncommercial Traveller to chart his typical route through night-time London, from The Charles Dickens Coffee House on Wellington Street (former site of Dickens’ house and office) and back again.
We set off at midnight and visited Waterloo Bridge, the Theatre Royal Drury Lane, Newgate Prison, the Bank of England, London Bridge, the Anchor Brewery, the King’s Bench Prison, Bedlam, Westminster Abbey, St Martin’s in the Fields and Covent Garden. We arrived back at Wellington Street at 3.30am.
You can read a brief account of the walk in Curiocity Issue C.