1 August 2014

Literary links of London: Staycation Travel Linkup

London is ridiculous. Every corner, every turn is steeped in another layer of delicious history just waiting to be turned back and discovered. For our monthly travel linkup, the lovely Mandy (who has the brightest smile and biggest heart of anyone I know) is joining Kelly, Rebecca and I linking up, and suggested a staycation theme to match in with the upcoming UK bank holiday.
  
Everyone I know who comes to London inevitably asks me where to stay, what to eat and for a list of the main icons that they can't miss. It just depends on your budget, time allowance and interests. In other words, unless you hit my London top 10, I'm probably not going to be of much help.
 
Veering a little off-piste for this link up, and I'm taking a virtual guided tour of a few favourite literary locations dotted along the Thames, something I think is a staycation must for new visitors, tourists, travellers, permanent residents and longterm London addicts. What better way for fellow bookworms wanting to get a real taste of the London they devour in so so many of their favourite modern books? The only question is where to start & end...


How about Bridget Jones' infamous London Bridge flat (see above)?
Blackfriars Bridge for the penultimate scene concluding the Infernal Devices series with Clockwork Princess, penned by Cassandra Clare.

Harry Potter and of course Platform 9 & 3/4s.

My favourite, the Rivers of London series - Ben Aaronovitch's supernatural series actually has it's very own map. That's dedication all right!


Now living the highlife, you used to be able to hang out with A Street Cat called Bob in Covent Garden... 

  
But you'll always be able to visit Shakespeare's Globe on the Southbank - I sincerely hope!

Or pop down the East End cobblestones to the docks of Poplar where Call the Midwife is set? 


I think I discovered the Generals House in Mary Poppins' a few weeks ago in Shad Thames... 


... and always think of The King's Speech going past Harley Street in Marylebone.

There are just SO many wonderful spots around this crazy city. Where would you pick?
MandyKelly, Rebecca and I would love to hear your Staycation recommendations whether they be your favourite place to while away a holiday, travel destinations, afternoon tea flavoured or simply with a literary bent! All we ask is if you can share a little comment/social media love for your fellow linkers. (Just remember that turning up on their couch to try their recommendations could be a little over the top in the sharing love...)


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29 comments :

  1. Love it! I always point out Bridget's flat to other people. ;) xx

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  2. Hi Emma, I'm a fellow bookworm so I loved this post!! Most literary hotspots in London are actually pubs, funny that...I love the beautiful Globe Theatre though, have you ever been there? I'm just working on my Staycation post, I hope that you enjoy it :)

    Lots of love,

    Angie

    SilverSpoon London

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  3. That is a great post! I love the cat, Bob! Where I used to live, we used to have a street cat called Spider who lived on the main shopping street in he village. He would choose which shop he would sleep in for the night. I always used to lure him into my house with tuna as I lived above a shop on the main street. He was so loved and there was even an obituary in the local paper when he passed away, I can't find it anymore though.

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  4. I haven't seen bridget jones flat! You should start a literary tour of the sights :)

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  5. love&limoncello1 August 2014 at 18:39

    Wow! I have discovered so much about London and I called myself a Londoner. Thanks for the educational staycation tour. LOL!

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  6. I also never noticed Bridget Jones' flat. This is amazing. A literary tour of London would actually be a fantastic tour and there are so many and I bet there are so many more. I agree with Danielle, you should start one! Oooh and then end it with tea and a book club! Too excited?

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  7. The wonderful thing about this post is that you've introduced me to some great new reading options. The bad thing about this post is that I'm now tempted to put aside some the books I just purchased in a moment of bookstore weakness and head right back out to get more! Really must get a London library card...

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  8. Love this post, Emma! I need to do a literary tour of London some time. (And also really love the Rivers of London series!) xxx

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  9. I went to The Globe the other night.. only lasted the first half ;)

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  10. Oooh great list! Put me down for your literary tour with tea and book club :)

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  11. They should make Colin Firth pose out the front of Bridget's flat at least once a month; keep all the Bridget Jones' fans happy!

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  12. Oliver Twist was set around Shad Thames too!!! What a brilliant post. We need to plan a walk.

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  13. We absolutely do! There are just so many places.

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  14. Can you imagine how much is would increase the value of the flat!

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  15. Ahhhh, was the shuffle/standing too much? It's hard on the old back.

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  16. The trouble is, where would you start on a tour, there are just SO many places (Isn't it fab!!)

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  17. Oops, sorry! You're more than welcome to borrow from my towering library collection!
    I never realised this, but you can get a library membership in any council area, even if you don't live there - my library is right next to work.

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  18. It is definitely a cool way to explore London, and you could theme it to your favourite genre!

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  19. It's really easy to find once you know where it is, and there are loads of Harry Potter references nearby as well. Walk, tea, book club - sounds like a fab afternoon!

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  20. There is just so much to London - I think that's why I love it so much!

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  21. I'm not sure how good I could be at tour guiding... too easily distracted by shiny things!

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  22. Ooh, that's divine! You should check out 'Casper the commuting cat' next time you need a book!

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  23. It is funny, isn't it! What an excuse for a drink - but then many creatives are tortured souls and the pub is a welcoming home!
    I've been to a performance but I'd love to do the tour sometime - such a fab piece of working history.
    We loved your post!

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  24. It's such an iconic little place, much like the Nottinghill blue door!

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  25. And the amount of women (and men) who would come to London for that - would totally boost tourism!

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  26. magpie tendencies, we just can't help it!

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  27. Absolutely love this. And that does look like the Geerals house in Mary Poppins!

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