As Britain’s central hub for arts, science and literature, London has also been home to some of the best and brightest minds in history. For centuries, artists and creators from around the world have settled in the city to improve their craft and boost their careers.
If you’re planning on staying at one of our hotels near Finsbury Park you’ll be just a stone’s throw away from where history’s most renowned authors put pen to paper and created some of the world’s most prized works of literature. Follow our helpful guide to find the homes of London’s best writers.
No list of famous British authors would be complete without mentioning the man who changed the country’s view on democracy by questioning the state of western establishments. George Orwell was responsible for penning some of the greatest politically and socially motivated works in literary history. Born Eric Arthur Blair, the famous journalist and novelist was particularly well known for his books ‘Animal Farm’ and ‘Nineteen Eighty Four’. The English chronicler was born in British India but spent a lot of his adult life living in London. He moved around the city a lot, starting out at 22 Portobello Road and eventually settling down at 27b Canonbury Square.
Initially born in Missouri, USA this famous writer is revered as one of the greatest poets of all time. Not only did he craft amazing poetry, Thomas Stearns Elliot was also a playwright, social critic and essayist. At the age of 25 the already established writer moved to London, eventually becoming an official British citizen. He settled down in the quiet borough of Kensington, where he took residence at a house in Kensington Gardens. Today travellers and admirers will find a plaque near the author’s house, which commemorates the Nobel Prize-winning poet. If you’re staying in one of our hotels near Finsbury Park, T. S Eliot’s home is around a 40 minute Tube journey away.
An author that needs no introduction, Charles Dickens is one of Britain’s literary treasures. The esteemed novelist and social critic was responsible for creating some of the most beloved fictional characters ever. Names like Ebenezer Scrooge, Oliver Twist and David Copperfield are still recognised today and have appeared in countless reiterations and adaptations over the years. The social activist was well-known for his promotion of children’s rights and social reform. Born in Portsmouth, Dickens eventually made his way to London where he penned most of his works. His main residence was 48 Doughty St, a quaint terrace house in a quiet borough of London. Today the home is open to the public as a museum.
This renowned British writer was a prominent figure in the modernist literary movement of the 20th century. As part of the Bloomsbury Group, her many works helped lead the way for a new age of modern literature. One of her most famous works was a novel-length essay ‘A Room of One’s Own’ which was praised for its ethical feminine implications. Woolf was born and raised in Kensington, London and moved around the city a lot during her career. Some of the most notable addresses include: 38 Brunswick Square, 52 Tavistock Square and 37 Mecklenburgh Square.