Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde Walk
Most London locations mentioned in Robert Louis Stevenson’s Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde novella are set in the West End.
Even though fictional, we can see places that match the description. Throughout this, Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde Walk learn interesting facts about Robert Louis Stevenson and the world he lived in and drew inspiration from.
- Follow in the footsteps of Robert Louis Stevenson
- Meet other adventurous souls
- Qualified London tour guide
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Following your tour guide Hazel, you’ll explore events that inspired the author and gain a deeper appreciation for his work. You’ll also have the opportunity to meet other adventurous souls and share the experience of exploring the dark corners of London’s literary history.
London plays a central role in Robert Louis Stevenson’s novella, “The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde”. The story is set in the 19th century and is largely based in the West End of London, particularly in the district of Soho. Stevenson uses London’s streets, buildings, and atmosphere to create a sense of foreboding and unease throughout the story.
London in 1886 was a bustling metropolis, the largest city in the world at the time. The population had surpassed 5 million, and the city was experiencing rapid growth and industrialisation. Almost every neighbourhood had factories and workshops, and the city was known for its smog and pollution.
The city’s streets were lined with gas lamps, creating a dimly lit and mysterious nighttime atmosphere. The streets were crowded with people from all walks of life, including the wealthy, the working class, and the destitute.
Despite its growth and prosperity, London in 1886 was also a city of contrasts. While the upper classes enjoyed a luxurious lifestyle and fashionable entertainment, the working class often lived in squalid conditions, with little access to healthcare or education.
The contrasting areas of the city, such as the respectable and wealthy districts versus the poverty-stricken and immoral areas, highlight the dual nature of human beings and the struggle between good and evil. The descriptions of foggy and dark London streets add to the mysterious and eerie atmosphere of the novella.
Led by a qualified London tour guide, this Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde Walk offer a unique and engaging way to explore the haunting world of one of literature’s most iconic characters. So come along and immerse yourself in the spine-chilling tale of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde.
GCSE students welcome. Suitable for all age groups. Please note all children must be accompanied by an adult.