Plan Your Day
We've put together some handy tips so that you can squeeze as much into your day as possible. Remember that if you have any questions about how to find us, just give us a call or email and we'll be happy to help.
What's the best travel advice?
Underground: The nearest tube station is Russell Square, which is only a 5 minute walk from our front door. Russell Square is served by the Piccadilly Line.
Other stations within walking distance are Chancery Lane (Central Line - 10 minute walk) and Kings Cross/St Pancras Station (Victoria Line, Piccadilly Line, Hammersmith & City Line, Northern Line and Metropolitan Line - 15 minute walk)
We can also be reached by bus on services: 7, 17, 19, 38, 45, 46, 55 or 243.
There is also a cycle rack in Doughty Street and a Santander Cycles docking station nearby.
What is near the Charles Dickens Museum?
The Charles Dickens Museum is less than a ten minute walk from the British Museum, making us the perfect place to visit as part of your trip to the British Museum. Don't worry about being too 'museumed-out' either. We're a very different experience from the British Museum, being a Victorian home rather than an 'items-in-cases' style museum. Finish your day with a coffee in our walled garden, our hidden oasis in the city.
The diamond capital of the UK, Hatton Garden continues to house some of the most famous and quality jewellers in the world. If you're in London looking for that special diamond ring, then Hatton Garden is a must. Its actually a wonderful place just to have an explore though, so even if an engagement isn't on your radar, its a wonderful place to shop.
Alright, this is not technically an attraction so much as a busy train station, but if you're a Harry Potter head you have to go here to have your photo taken at platform 9 and 3/4s. Since you'll no doubt be needing a drink after a visit to both us and Kings Cross, the station has loads of really nice places to eat and drink, including Searcy's, which has the longest champagne bar in Europe. Not your normal train station tripe!
Both of these museums are only a short walk away and each offer a fascinating glimpse into very different parts of London's history. The Foundling Museum looks at the history of orphans or 'foundlings' in the city, while the Postal Museum looks at the history of the post - it even has its own underground ride!
If you're more of a medieval mindset, then Temple Church is not to be missed. It is all that remains of the once mighty Knights Templars, and is now both a working church and a visitor attraction. Featuring some stunning late medieval architecture as well as the old tombs of Templar Knights, Temple Church lets you encounter medieval London.
Each representing the epitome of the British Legal System, these buildings are a must, even if just for a quick photo as you pass. Featuring iconic architecture and a wonderful 'vibe' as the headquarters for British criminal law, they are about a 15 minute walk from the Charles Dickens Museum.
Few buildings in London have been as defined by our nation's history as the Charterhouse. Built in the 1370s as a Carthusian Monastery, it was brutally suppressed by King Henry VIII before being transformed into an Almshouse by Queen Elizabeth I. Today it continues to act as an Almshouse, but also operates guided tours through the historic rooms.
Just 20 minutes from the Charles Dickens Museum is the most iconic Church in London, St Paul's Cathedral. With an incredible history and national role, St Paul's came to define London and the British spirit during the Second World War, after its glorious dome was photographed surrounded by the fires of the blitz. Today it is open to the public and is well worth a visit.
Telling the story of London from the Ancient Britons to the present day, the museum of London offers a brilliant insight into the life of the city. Just a 20 minute walk from the Charles Dickens Museum, a visit to us both will give you a truly incredible insight into the experiences of Londoners in the past.
If you're feeling the itch for some grandeur, head over to Somerset House. Its about a half hour walk, but through some incredibly scenic routes, including the Strand and the entry to Waterloo bridge (with its incredible views over London). Somerset House was once the home of the Dukes of Somerset, but is now a centre for the arts. You may even recognize it from the movies - it often stands in for Buckingham Palace.
Where Can I Eat?
Just 5 minutes from the museum is the Brunswick Centre, with restaurants such as Leon, Itsu and Nandos. There are two Pret A Mangers within a 6 minute walk, one opposite the Russell Square tube station, the other on Grays Inn road and a plethora of lovely independent restaurants are dotted within a 10 minute radius of the museum. We also have a lovely cafe onsite, of course.
We've also put together a handy section below, so you can see how close we are to other famous London landmarks.