One of the best ways to get to know London, or any great city, is to wander around getting lost in its nooks and crannies. On my many trips to this great city, I have spent many hours just wandering around and never regretted it.

Of course from time to time it is nice to have an expert to take you on a walk, and that is what the fine folks at London Walks are all about. The guides of London Walks are experts in their respective fields and offer one of the best ways to get to know the city – often bringing you to places you would normally never see as a visitor.

London Walks offers several walking tours every day on many subjects in various parts of the great city. I have done a dozen or so of these walks over the years and have never been disappointed.

On this trip I went with the walked called Charles Dickens’ London – to see how much of the London he knew was still around – it turns out, a surprising amount, despite the megalopolis that have sprouted all around since his time.

About London Walks’ Charles Dickens’ London walk: “Dickens and London? ‘He knew it all,’ recalled a friend, and here are remarkable survivals from his life and works: Pip’s lodgings in Great Expectations (‘who enters here leaves noise behind’) and the bank which employed ‘resurrection man’ Jerry Cruncher in A Tale of Two Cities. Tulkinghorn’s chambers (‘where lawyers lie like maggots in nuts’) from Bleak House, even the original Old Curiosity Shop (or is it?). Dickens’ immortal Sam Weller had ‘extensive and peculiar’ knowledge of London, and this walk continues the tradition. Tradition and peculiar being the watchwords. Here we thread our way into a London of nooks and crannies and alleyways and gas lamps and 18th- and 19th-century houses – and no cars! It’s the London where Dickens lived and worked. It’s the London of David Copperfield and Pip and Pickwick. It’s ‘Inimitable’ – like Dickens himself.”

Plan your walk and learn more about London Walks here.