Jane Austen London Tour

Merge fiction and reality with a private tour of Jane Austen’s London. This literary great is usually associated with Bath and Hampshire, but the Capital played a significant role in Austen’s personal life and her writing drew much inspiration from the city. Take a literary adventure of Jane Austen’s London and explore some of the key locations with your very own expert Blue Badge Tourist Guide.

As with all Blue Badge Tourist Guide private tours, you can tailor your tour to your specific interests. You also have added flexibility – you can stop to linger at a particular spot, you can ask as many questions as you like, share your thoughts and observations. You’ll venture beyond the ordinary, benefit from insider knowledge, be informed and entertained and have the undivided attention of your guide throughout.

There are numerous Jane Austen locations in London, but key highlights of this tour include:

Westminster Abbey: Jane Austen is buried in Winchester Cathedral, but you can pay a personal  homage to this Regency literary icon with a visit to Westminster Abbey. Poet’s Corner is a place of pilgrimage for all literature lovers; here you’ll find memorials for Shakespeare Lord Byron and many others, including  Jane Austen – a fitting commemoration to her remarkable contribution to literature. As London Blue Badge Tourist Guides are the only guides permitted to guide at Westminster Abbey, you’ll not only see the Austen memorial here but you will also benefit from your guides insider knowledge of this remarkable Abbey and their skip-the-line privelege at Westminster Abbey.

National Portrait Gallery: Catch a glimpse of her famous portrait, sketched by her sister Cassandra. Your Blue Badge Tourist Guide will take this opportunity to also immerse you in the world of Jane Austen – the styles and customs of her day and the movers and shakers of Regency England.

Twinings’ Tea Shop: Make a refreshing stop at London’s oldest tea shop, taste and purchase the teas that Jane Austen herself would have enjoyed – 18th century favourites included Fine Bohea tea, Good Congou tea, Good Hyfan tea, Fine Gunpowder tea. So captivated by the teas here, Austen wrote in her diary that she asked her mother and her sister, to pick up some Twinings’ tea to bring back home.

St Clement Danes Church: Dating back to the 11th century this is an historic location worth a visit in its own right.  It also happens to be where Lydia Bennet and Mr. Wickham’s secret elopement takes place.

Covent Garden: Head over to Henrietta Street in Covent Garden, a fashionable area now and in Jane Austen’s day. The Dashwood sisters in Sense and Sensibility had lodgings here.  This is also where Henry Austen used to live with his wife and Jane stayed here during her London sojourns in 1813 and 1814. Not far from here is the Theatre Royal Drury Lane, which also played a key role in Sense and Sensibility.

Depending on your own personal interests and time availability, alternative or additional Jane Austen tour locations in London include:

The British Museum where you can see Jane’s mahogany portable writing desk where she probably penned Sense and SensibilityPride and Prejudice and Northanger Abbey. Learn about the provenance on her writing desk and how it came to be at the British Museum.

Albemarle Street:  A stop at John Murray’s publishing house in Albemarle Street is a must for all Austen fans.  This is the publisher who gave the world Jane Austen in print! The literary legacy of this address resonates to this day.

Victoria & Albert Museum: Explore the Regency fashion and culture that shaped Austen’s novels at the V&A Museum. From clothes and jewellery to furniture and china, the exhibits at this South Kensington museum provide essential context to the society in which Austen and her characters lived.

Brunswick Square: This prestigious London location opens up a window into the Austen’s universe, encapsulating the Regency period and the social aspirations of her characters – Emma, Isabella, and John Knightley, reside in this distinguished area, a neighbourhood Austen describes as ‘superior to most others!’

Charing Cross Road: Pick up a rare edition of a Jane Austen book by visiting the many specialist booksellers on the Charing Cross Road.

For an extended two or three day tour ask your guide for more information about Jane Austen tours to Bath and Hampshire. 

 

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