Few writers have had as great an impact on London’s literary landscape as Charles Dickens, so it’s only appropriate that the Victorian author has a tourist attraction to his name in the English capital.
This summer in particular, families staying at luxury London hotels should strongly consider they pay the Charles Dickens Museum a visit. From July 30th, it’ll be hosting an exciting programme of Family Fun Days – presenting workshops and handicrafts activities that should appeal to visitors of all ages.
In the first of these, craft specialist Claire Driver will be taking guests on a virtual trip to Broadstairs – a little town on the coast of Kent that was reputedly Dickens’ favourite holiday destination. Armed with newly-acquired knowledge on the fascinating world of Victorian holidaymaking, museum-goers will commence making their own authentic 19th century postcards.
The second session takes place on August 6th. Ella Phillips, an artist-in-residence at the nearby October Gallery, will lead a workshop where children are taught to make handsome book covers.
On August 13th, children are invited to step inside Mrs Dickens’ Kitchen and try their hand at churning butter – something they’ll be doing using an authentic Victorian churn and Catherine Dickens’ original recipe.
Finally, the last installment in the series should prove particularly exciting. In Monster Soup, visiting curators from the Kew Bridge Steam Museum invite children to discover the “gruesome monsters and horrors” that lurked in the Victorian Thames – and how resourceful 19th century engineers made sure the city’s citizens still received clean drinking water. This session takes place on August 27th.
The Charles Dickens Museum is located at number 48, Doughty Street – an elegant terraced townhouse where Dickens resided between 1837 and 1839, penning such works as Oliver Twist and Nicholas Nickleby on the premises. It should prove easy to reach for those travelling via the London Underground, who’re advised to head towards the Russell Square, Chancery Lane or Holborn tube stops.