|Museum with the green door - Urchins (not shown) to the right|
Dickens lived at 48 Doughty Street for only a couple of years - but he had two children there, and, alongside several 'minor' works, he wrote all of Oliver Twist there. The building has been owned by a Trust since around 1925, including the urchins' building next door, which was bought for expansion, and there are current plans to expand into. That's good long-term planning! 2012 is the 200th anniversary of Dickens' birth, so they want to be ready for that.
The museum is effectively an early Victorian townhouse, much as it was at the time - exactly as it was in many cases. To quote one of the patrons in the free leaflet, it really is 'one of the most congenial of all London's museums'. It's friendly and very pleasant. They also have the best photo policy I've yet encountered - take all the photos you like, just no flash please. Very enlightened.
|Dickens' Drawing Room, that's his actual red chair|
|More Dickens Stuff - note the 'forked' beard effect|
|Dickens' wine cellar|
|Theme song of the global banking industry|
Cost: £7. Again, free to Art Fund members.
Food and Drink: Excellent. I had a cup of tea and some carrot cake. The cafe is very nice, and you can sit in the garden when it's better weather.
Toilets: Only one, next to the Victorian laundry. Perfectly clean, but almost Victorian itself.
Travel: It's here.