Nestled quietly in the heart of London’s Theatre Land is Charles Dickens House, former workspace of the quintessential English writer himself. Airy, with high ceilings and awash with natural light, this apartment is the perfect place to drop your bags and simply drift about enjoying the generous space buildings of this vintage typically bestow on their guests. Though smooth and perfectly white, the walls radiate the inherent history of this property. It was here that Dickens founded All The Year Round, a magazine to publish his stories. To sit in the spacious lounge listening to the gentle milieu of Covent Garden waft in from an open window is to travel back in time to a London in its prime as a bustling hub of Victorian life. You can almost hear the crowds patiently gathering outside awaiting Dickens’ next issue.
You’ll have all the modern essentials you’d expect from an Uber London Apartment and a few period flourishes like the original fireplace, unique to this property. Retire to the bedroom and you’ll find not only another original chimneybreast with mantle, but also a king size bed dressed with the softest linens and cushions. This is a room to fall in love with and asleep in. After your first night’s rest, open your floor-to-ceiling windows and witness the local shops and cafes waking up for business as the slumbering city slowly stirs into life. After enough luxuriating in the space, take a trip downstairs to the Charles Dickens Coffee House and start the day.
At your door
As you peer left and right you’ll be simply aghast at the attractions that are all within touching distance. To your left proudly stands the Lyceum Theatre, long-term home of the stage production of Disney’s The Lion King. Tempted, you will be, even if it is your umpteenth time. To the right towers the Royal Opera House, privy to the very best voices, performances and costuming London can showcase. A night here will stay with you for years. And in front of you is the quirky London Transport Museum, a must visit if you share our love for London’s classic red Routemaster busses and the world’s very first underground train system, and of course authentic gifts that you just couldn’t buy anywhere else.
A few steps in either direction and you’ll begin to hear the enchanting trill of life in the famous Covent Garden Piazza. Home to daily classical and contemporary music performances from string quartets and operettas, to melodic guitar jazz and Chinese Guzheng music; this is a space for the arts to wander. The gentle roar of conversation and charming clatter of teacups and cutlery chimes around this 17th century square, steeped in a distinguishable maritime magic. Close your eyes and you can imagine the spirited voice of famous literary creation Eliza Doolittle, the endearing cockney flower girl in the play Pygmalion who worked in this very spot.
A Tale of Two Cities
Take a detour from the Piazza, and you’ll find yourself on the Strand, London’s throbbing artery from Trafalgar Square in Westminster to the founding site of the City of London, home to St. Paul’s Cathedral and the glinting financial district. On the Strand you will find the infamous Savoy Hotel, temporary home to the glamorous and important, and permanent home to stories that succeed them. Continue along the Strand and right in the middle of East and West you’ll find tucked-away the majestic Somerset House. The site was home to English royalty, including the valorous Queen Elizabeth I, and was redesigned in 1776 by Sir William Chambers to be the neoclassical masterpiece that stands today.
Cross the adjacent Waterloo Bridge and you’ll be on your way to the Southbank, a promenade of arts, activities and action. But before you get to the other side, pause and enjoy what is probably the best panorama the city has in its portfolio of stunning views. From the middle of Waterloo Bridge you can see everything from the glistening skyscrapers of Canary Warf and the City to The Shard, the tallest building in Western Europe. Keep going and there lies everything else from the London Eye to the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben. London’s famous skyline can only truly be experienced in 360 degrees, and this very point is the axis.
Charles Dickens House is surrounded by wonders to explore during your stay, and all within moments from your doorstep:
-The National Gallery
-Piccadilly Circus, and much more.
And of course, hop on the tube from one of the three surrounding Underground stations, all within a few minute’s walk, and the exploration goes much further.
At the end of your day, back at the apartment, enjoy a late night coffee or gelato, or retreat to the lounge with a good book and a glass of wine and feel the city outside falling slowly back to sleep.
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Luxury and Location: as with every Uber London Apartment, Charles Dickens House is beautifully finished and is within walking distance from some of London's best attractions.
Charles Dickens lived in this building. Royal Opera house is a minutes walk away.
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