Charles Dickens Museum
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Charles Dickens Museum information
After a £3.5 million year-long renovation, this museum in a handsome four-storey house – the great Victorian novelist's sole surviving residence in London – is bigger and better than ever. A period kitchen in the basement and a nursery in the attic have been added, and newly acquired 49 Doughty St increases the exhibition space substantially.
Not that he stayed here very long – a mere 2½ years (1837–39) – but this is where his work really flourished: he dashed off The Pickwick Papers, Nicholas Nickleby and Oliver Twist, despite worry over debts, the death of his beloved sister-in-law, Mary Hogarth, and his ever-growing family. The house was saved from demolition and the museum opened in 1925, showcasing the family drawing room (restored to its original condition) and a dozen rooms containing various memorabilia. An audio guide costs £3.