London is a great source of inspiration for many mediums. From the musicians living and writing about London through the decades to the centuries of theatre represented by the Globe on the South Bank, the city of London is no stranger to creativity. London Hotel deal special offers over the coming months mean that bookworms and dreamers alike can find comfort, inspiration and adventure in the city, saving them more money for exploring the paths and lives of the likes of Jimi Hendrix, Alfred Hitchcock and many other creators who spent formative years in the city.
This blog though, will focus on the heroes and heroines of the city. London has long been the setting and character inspiration for many of the world’s greatest novels. From modern to classic there’s plenty to see and do for bookworms staying at hotels in Paddington London. This blog will explore some of the shops, landmarks and attractions that have been inspired by the wealth of literature set, written in and about the English capital.
Sherlock Holmes Museum
The Sherlock Holmes Museum is situated as close as possible to the (fictional) house on Baker Street where Sherlock Holmes, the Sir Arthur Conan Doyle penned detective is written to have lived. During your visit to the museum, you can expect Victorian role playing actors, lavish Victorian interiors and real sets from the 1980s’ TV adaptation of the Sherlock Holmes mysteries. Located at 221b Baker Street, this museum is a must for nearby guests at the Chilworth London Paddington who love the many incarnations of the most famous detective ever written.
Peter Pan Statue
The Peter Pan Statue is located in Kensington Gardens and easily reachable from the Chilworth accommodation Paddington London, situated in the area that inspired JM Barrie, the writer of Peter Pan to pen the “boy who never grew up”. The Peter Pan statue was commissioned by JM Barrie himself and is located close to the western banks of the Serpentine Lake. Erected in 1912, the statue is nestled in a tree lined trail, hidden from view if you don’t happen down the path. This adds to the secrecy and mysticism of the famous and much loved story.
The British Library is located in the Euston area of London and is easily reachable from Kings Cross St Pancras. Originally a part of the British Museum, the library moved its estimated 200 million international books and artefacts to its current location in 1998. If you live in London you can gain a membership to the British Library, giving you access to many of the books and artefacts stored there. If you don’t you can still visit the great wealth of books and temporary exhibits that tour the library’s galleries.
The Globe Theatre
Not only is the Globe Theatre a world class performance venue on the scenic banks of the River Thames, but it is also a detailed reconstruction of Shakespeare’s very own Elizabethan theatre that would have been located in the same area. Expect modern reworkings of Shakespeare classics as well as those of his contemporaries, and contemporary plays inspired by the period, theatrical forms and writers of the era. Do keep in mind that to experience the lyrical magic of the Globe Theatre, you may be expected to sit outside in the open air auditorium, so if it’s a rainy day, make sure to wear waterproofs and wrap up warm. Furthermore, standing tickets are the cheapest available so prepare to be standing for a good 2 hours and rest your legs in the intervals!
John Keats House
Famous British poet John Keats lived in a beautiful semi detached house on Keats Grove in Hampstead between the years of 1818 and 1820, before he moved to Italy. The house has been a museum dedicated to the life of the famous Romantic era poet since the 1930s’ and includes a garden, artefacts from Keats’ life as well as hosting literary workshops and events that are programmed throughout the year.
Charles Dickens Museum
One of the most famous chroniclers of 19th century London, it’s unsurprising that this Holborn museum at 48 Doughty Street has been archiving and presenting artefacts and manuscripts from the life of Charles Dickens since 1925. Run by the Dickens Fellowship, the museum is the most extensive deep dive into the life of the famous author.
Elevate your relaxing Paddington afternoon tea visit with an exploration of Paddington Station. The station itself may not be tranquil, especially during rush hour, but the statue of Paddington Bear in the “lawn area” of the station is dedicated to the much-loved literary creation of Michael Bond, who introduced the world to this migrating Peruvian bear in the hustle and bustle of 50s’ era West London. Nowadays, you can find a shop dedicated to Paddington Bear as well, where you can purchase toys, homeware and other products dedicated to the most famous animal in London.
Kings Cross Platform 9¾
The Harry Potter book franchise has spawned a film series, theatre productions and an entire industry. It’s unsurprisign then that the station from which the Hogwarts Express departs from London is home to statues, memorials and a Harry Potter shop.
Tintin Shop Covent Garden
Hidden away behind the main market area on Floral Street, the Tintin Shop in Covent Garden is dedicated to the famous boy reporter from Belgium. Now considered an icon of fashion and comic book creations, the Tintin shop sells everything from books, memorabilia and DVDs of the animated series.
Moomin Shop Covent Garden
Another literary gem of Covent Garden is the Moomin Shop located in the market square complex of this bustling high street area. The Moomin Shop is another icon of animation and illustrated book writing, and at this beautiful, kitsch store you can buy clothes, posters and much more from the magical Moomin world and its Finnish creator Tove Jansson.