London in Literature: Books That Have Used London as Their Literary Location

Being the largest (and one of the best) cities in the country, it’s not surprising that London has provided writers with plenty of inspiration over the years. We would be hard pressed to find a British novelist who hasn’t set at least one of their novels here.

Why are so many books based in the city of London? Is it because of the rich history? Because it’s the home of the royal family? Or because it’s forever being reinvented through the pens of literary greats – new and old.

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What are your favourite novels that are based in London? Here is just a small selection of ours.

Confessions of a Shopaholic by Sophia Kinsella

Confessions of a Shopaholic is the first book in the bestselling ‘Shopaholic’ series. The book follows Rebecca Bloomwood – a journalist living in London. Despite being a journalist for a financial company (which she hates), she knows nothing about money. This is evident through the debt she finds herself in after spending thousands on credit cards due to her shopping addiction.

She lives in a flat in one of London’s trendiest neighbourhoods and shops in London’s very best (and expensive) shops. London isn’t the main focus of the books but it does go to show what some people who live in London feel like they need to do to stay stylish and trendy.

Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

A lot of Dickens novels are set in London, in which London is actually seen as almost a character in these stories, rather than just a location. Dickens said that London ‘fired’ his imagination and helped him to write some of his very best novels.

Great Expectations, Dickens’s thirteenth novel, was set in both Kent and London in the 1800s. His description of London as being somewhere that was ‘ugly, narrow, and dirty’ is something that was accurate for the city back then – it’s drastically improved over time.

Big Ben and Houses of parliament, London

About a Boy by Nick Hornby 

Set in London in 1993, About a Boy is a coming of age novel that tells the story of a 36 year old bachelor Will and a introverted young school boy; Marcus. The two strike up an unlikely friendship after Will lies about having a child in order to win a date with single mothers at a single parent event.

Will is described as living in a rich part of London, where money is a big thing yet a lot of the rich people are lonely and bored.


For those planning on visiting London soon and searching for Kings Cross hotels – we have you covered.

Located in the heart of London, Swinton Hotel provides the perfect base for experiencing everything that London has to offer. Within walking distance to all the popular tourist attractions, our hotel offers you both location and quality.

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What’s On In London: November Highlights

Despite it being wet and cold out there, there has never been a better time to make a trip to the capital. London is such a huge city with plenty to see and do, it doesn’t matter what time of year it is.

For those planning on visiting in the next month, we have put together a guide to just some of the events and activities that are on offer in the next few weeks.

The Shard and Tower Bridge with an empty bench in London, UK

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How to Save Money on Travel in London

One of the most attractive aspects of London is its vast size. Locals and tourists alike are never short of places to go or things to see and often this does mean that travelling across the city is necessary.

As with many capital cities, the cost of transport in the city varies, depending on the form of transport you want to take. One of the main misconceptions of the travel system in London is that it is incredibly expensive.

While this can be true for some forms of transport, there are cheaper options available. Coupled with a stay with us at our budget hotel in Kings Cross, your trip to the big city doesn’t have to break the bank!

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Five Alternate Things to do in London

You may remember that a few moons ago, we did a blog post on London’s best tourist attractions, and while each one is a sight anyone who visits our fine city must see, there are plenty more places to go if you want to try something a little bit different.  Continue reading

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What’s On In London: October Highlights

October is less than a week away, which means that summer is definitely over.  As colder temperatures and darker evenings approach, a lot of you might be tempted to stay at home and do nothing. We think you should leave hibernation for another time and book yourself an autumn getaway in the capital. Cosy pubs, brilliant events and leafy walks – we think London is the perfect place to get away for a few days.

As one of the best cheap Kings Cross hotels, we are situated in the heart of London. Therefore, we are fully equipped to give you the lowdown on all the exciting things happening in October. As we do every month, we have put together a guide to some of these unmissable events.

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