For all those fans of the writings of Victorian-era novelist Charles Dickens, his 200th birth anniversary - which falls on Feb. 7 - is a lovely opportunity to walk through the lanes and pubs of a Dickensian city and see his world as he saw it.
Fortunately, present-day London has not been so rude as to uproot all that made the city a Victorian metropolis. The buildings, locations and scenes that inspired his more famous novels, "A Tale of Two Cities" and "Oliver Twist", are still standing and visitors can travel across the city, visiting all the places he brought to life in his work.
These include places like Grays Inn (one of the Inns of Court where Dickens was a solicitor's clerk in 1828) and the famous Old Curiosity Shop. Visitors can also go to Doughty Street, Clerkenwell and the Dickens House Museum, his first real home with wife Catherine and where he wrote "Oliver Twist" and "Nicholas Nickleby". Although some of the places do look a little run-down, they remain of historic importance and are frequented by travellers from across the globe.
To commemorate and celebrate his life and works, a Dickens 2012 project has been initiated. The group, in association with institutions and organisations from all over the world, will deliver a programme of events and activities to mark the occasion.
Meanwhile, take a look at some of the historic locations that inspired Dickens...