A guide to London’s bookshops and literary hot spots in celebration of Roald Dahl Day
He brought us Matilda, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The BFG and many other British classics, so what else could we do on 13 September than celebrate Roald Dahl Day?
London is famed for its many famous authors and books, written and set in the city, so we’ve created a guide to London’s literature scene for book lovers to enjoy. Travel with Caledonian Sleeper to London and explore some of the country’s best literary hotspots.
Roald Dahl Museum
Take a trip to Great Missenden, where Roald Dahl once lived, and visit the Roald Dahl Museum. With three galleries, a writing hut and lots of workshops and activities, there’s fun for all the family and the chance to find out about Roald Dahl’s writing inspirations.
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Afternoon Tea
Reading, walking and exploring London is tiring work – perk yourself up with an afternoon tea like no other. Inspired by the famous Roald Dahl story, the Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Afternoon Tea is like being in chocolate heaven. With snozberry jam, chocolate milkshake, Loompaland lemon floss, wonka-worthy cakes, and, for the big kids, Lemonade Swimming Pool Fizz to drink, you’ll be left feeling like you’re the winner of a Golden Ticket.
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Afternoon Tea available at One Aldwych
Let the books come to life
Famous books are often so successful that they also make it big on stage. So why not take in a show and see some literary classics from a different perspective?
Visit one of London’s most popular musicals, based on Dahl’s 1988 novel, Matilda. A treat for all ages, the West End Musical holds the record for the most Olivier awards won by a musical.
One of the world’s favourite monsters, The Gruffalo, has made it to the stage – bringing the children’s favourite to life.
Other West End shows inspired by literary classics include Phantom of the Opera, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, War Horse, and Austentatious.
Stock up on your book collection
Immerse yourself in words and get lost in London’s best bookshops. We’ve got a list for you to explore:
- Daunt Books, Marylebone. One of the most famous bookshops in London, Daunt Books is an independent bookseller with floor-to-ceiling shelfs in a stunning Edwardian building. Transporting you to a bygone era as you explore the shelves, books are arranged by country for an added experience. The store also hosts events and talks from bestselling authors – this is the place for inspiration!
- London Review Bookshop in Bloomsbury focuses on classic and new fiction, as well as history, politics and philosophy. With a café and many literary events, this is not one to miss.
- Foyles, on Charing Cross Road, is a five-floor building with four miles of shelves for you to get immersed in. Along with a café and exhibition space, you could spend hours exploring the store.