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!

How about visiting the home of Dr Johnson; Dictionary compiler, cat lover, Twitter enabler and traveller?

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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