I recently had the pleasure of visiting London and discovered that it is a dream for literary people. There are many activities and places to visit that would excite book nerds such as myself. Below are just a few.
The British Library: Of course, I had to include a library in this list and The British Library is one of the best in the world. It is the national library of the UK and has some classic manuscripts in the exhibition such as Canterbury Tales, Jane Eyre, and Beowulf.
Platform 9 ¾: For all the Harry Potter fans out there, visiting Platform 9 ¾ is a must when in London. There is even a cart sticking out from the wall where you can pose for a picture. Afterwards, head to the gift shop for Harry Potter souvenirs.
Shakespeare’s Globe: Shakespeare’s Globe is a replica of the original Elizabethan theatre, where many of Shakespeare’s great plays were performed. Tours are available to learn more about Shakespeare, his plays, and to see what the original theater looked like.
Literary Musicals: London also has many literary musicals such as The Phantom of the Opera, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and of course Wicked. I chose to see Wicked because I love the book. I, therefore, had high expectations for the musical and was not disappointed. Although no matter which musical you see in London, you probably won’t be disappointed.
I highly recommend visiting London if you ever get the chance to do so. Even if you don’t partake in any literary activities per se, the experience will not only change you as a person, but it will also impact your writing. Writing inspiration is all over London and it’s just waiting for you to find it.