Walking Jane Austen’s London – the book

In a letter to Cassandra 18th September 1796 Jane joked, “My Father will be so good as to fetch home his prodigal Daughter from Town, I hope, unless he wishes me to walk the Hospitals, Enter at the Temple, or mount Guard at St James.”JA Walks cover

Walking Jane Austen’s London is published by Shire Publications and is  available as a paperback or ebook from Amazon.co.uk & Amazon.comWalking coupleThere are eight walks through London illustrated with original photographs and prints from my collection and very clear maps. Routes will take you through Westminster, St James’s, the City, Soho, Covent Garden, Kensington, Mayfair and Marylebone in search of three Londons – the London of Jane’s lifetime, the London she knew and the London of her novels.

On the walks you can discover four of the homes that Henry Austen the banker occupied in London – three of them Jane stayed at and one was visited by Cassandra – and three of the places where he had his banking premises. We visit the theatres that Jane so enjoyed and locate the shops where she bought fabric and tea and complained about the queues and we can follow her  as she “walked into London” from Sloane Street, comforted her sister in law after a carriage accident and delighted in a trip to Astley’s Amphitheatre. Or why not shop in Bond Street with Marianne, miserable over Willoughby, or visit the Hursts in Grsovenor Street with Jane Bennett and hope, like her, to catch a glimpse of Mr Bingley?

Pick pockets  Whether you like to shudder at the horrors of Newgate or the Bridewell, take tea at Gunter’s or locate the modern equivalent of the semaphore towers on the roof of the Admiralty that sent orders to Jane’s naval officer brothers, there should  be    something to interest you here.

Top of page: An English couple in Paris

Left: Pickpockets at work by Alken.

8 responses to “Walking Jane Austen’s London – the book

  1. I am very much looking forward to getting my copy of this!

  2. Lynne R

    I will buy your book – thank goodness it exists as I’ve wanted to do this for years! But on top of this are there tours led by a real person?

    • Thank you for your interest, Lynne. I do hope you enjoy it. There are quite a few London historical guided tours if you Google but I am not aware of any that focus specifically on the Georgian/Regency period I’m afraid. It is one reason why I thought there would be a market for this book. But it is fun doing it in a group – I took one party round the St James’s walk once along with several re-enactors in correct military uniforms. We got a lot of attention, especially as the rogues kept offering ladies their snuff boxes to try a pinch!

      • Lynne R

        How wonderful! Couldn’t find one for these particular eras either so am delighted to find your book! Thanks for doing all the work for us 🙂

  3. just to let you know I’m offering a course at Bishopsgate institute 29 April – 20 May 2014 on Jane Austen’s London where we will be looking at London at the turn of the 18th century especially with reference to Jane’s experiences. It will also include a walk.

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