Before I resume with our A to Z Blogging Challenge, I have to share some exciting news about London Relocation! Re:locate Magazine is hosting its annual Re:locate Awards to acknowledge the cream of the crop of the relocation industry, and London Relocation’s own Anthony Gallo has been shortlisted for the “Rising Star in Relocation” award!!! Winners will be announced at the gala dinner on May 12th, so wish us luck! In the meantime, we regard even being shortlisted as a tremendous honor and testament to the long way our relocation agency has come (and its bright future ahead!) as an innovative and quality relocation service for expats moving to London.

And now, drum-roll, please…because:

“D” is for DICKENS!

Yep, that’s as in Charles Dickens, the iconic English Victorian author who brought us such literary classics as A Christmas Carol and David Copperfield and is thereby one of London’s most famed residents.

Related London sightseeing for this important figure include the Charles Dickens Museum in Bloomsbury, where Dickens lived for a couple years and wrote some of his memorable works (I believe Oliver Twist was one penned there–which inspired the musical Oliver! still on stage in London’s West End), as well as my favorite, the Ye Olde Cheschire Cheese pub that he frequented just off Fleet Street. The Charles Dickens Coffee House located in Covent Garden is the former site of his All The Year Round magazine office (in which A Tale of Two of Cities and Great Expectations first appeared in serial installments) and where he himself lodged for a time. And if you’re still thirsty after visiting these spots, you can check out a pub just south of the Thames for which he’s also the namesake: The Charles Dickens free house, located in London’s Southwark neighborhood, where many of Dickens’s characters dwelled.

The relevant locations are really rather infinite when it comes to where Dickens himself lived, worked, and played in London and where his story worlds took place. For a more comprehensive, first-hand look at these London locations, you have a vast selection of guided Dickens walks to choose from. One of them is Dickens and London, and a slew of others can be found at Richard Jones’s London Walking Tours site (see “A Journey Through Dickens London”). A map of Dickens’ London can also be found for your reference at David Perdue’s Charles Dickens Page, a thorough compilation of all-things-Dickens.

Relocating to England is so much more than just a shift in geographical location. When you move, you enter another realm of culture that displaces you in time. Maybe you’ll leave your mark on the city as well. Who knows? People might be touring your apartment one day and marveling that the Great You once lived there. 🙂