Rich in history, culture and intriguing architecture, London has captured the imagination of writers for centuries.
The city’s iconic landmarks, winding streets and charming characters have been preserved on the pages of some of the world’s most famous and much-loved books including Harry Potter, Sherlock Holmes and Peter Pan.
Inspired by National Storytelling Week, which took place from 27 January until 3 February, Caledonian Sleeper compiled its pick of the best literary locations that the capital has to offer, all within easy reach of the rail service’s arrival point of Euston Station.
King’s Cross Station
Perhaps one of the most famous venues in the city, Platform 9 ¾ in Kings Cross Station was the start of Harry Potter’s magical journey to Hogwarts.
The perfect photo opportunity for aspiring witches and wizards, visitors can see the platform and the sunken luggage trolley for themselves. Take pictures whilst pretending to run at the wall before browsing the nearby souvenir shop which offers a selection of memorabilia, clothing and wands.
The fictional home of Sherlock Holmes, 221b Baker Street was once lit with Victorian gas streetlights but now houses an atmospheric time warp museum that tells the story of the character.
Full of hand written notes, newspapers, period furniture and life size models, each room brings the characters of Holmes and Watson to life whilst telling the tale of the Victorian era.
Open daily from 9:30am until 6pm, adults can visit the museum for a cost of £15, while children enter for £10.
Loved by locals and visitors alike, the magnificent Kensington Gardens is the setting for JM Barrie’s ‘Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens’.
Preceding Peter’s adventures in Neverland, the story tells the tale of the famous character as a young child and his encounters with friendly fairies in the park who grant him the wish to fly.
Originally the private garden of Kensington Palace, visitors can today tour the royal garden to see the ornamental flowerbeds and towering trees whilst daydreaming of their own fairy tales.
Charles Dickins’ family home was in Camden Town – a location that inspired many of the famous author’s pieces of work.
Characters such as the Cratchits in A Christmas Carol and the Micawbers in David Copperfield lived in the popular area of London which is today flooded with visitors.
Although the streets may be brightly coloured now and very different from how they were during Dickens’ time, take a look up and try to picture different elements from the neighbourhood which has been captured in his writings.
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