Literary Tube Tour of London

By Tom Matthews – In the Book

London is a city like no other, and the same goes for its literature. As keen bibliophiles, we decided to go about mapping a famous piece of literature to the train station nearest where it was set on the tube map.

The result is a comprehensive mapping of London’s greatest novels and poems throughout history. From Defoe’s A Journal of the Plague Year depicting the disease-ridden city of the 15th century, right up to Paula Hawkins’ The Girl on the Train and the commute into modern Euston, we feel that writing has a unique way of painting surroundings like nothing else.

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For instance, we found it fascinating how certain genres and authors were married with certain parts of the map: Dickens’ London dominates the Central Line, while gothic Victorian works Dracula, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and The Picture of Dorian Gray can all be found haunting the Piccadilly Line. Zadie Smith’s works were located on the northwest Jubilee Line while Martin Amis’ novels were more prominent around West London.

Complete your discovery of London’s intellectual attractions by following in the footsteps of its great works of fiction and let famous authors guide you through its streets.

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