I can't say I am a huge Dickens fanatic, nor have I read all of his books, but when when it comes to Christmas, Charles Dickens kind of comes with. I mean what is Christmas without 'A Christmas Carol'?
Well apparently Christmas was kind of a big thing to Charles and his family, and what better time of year to go to his former residence and see what it meant to him.
I had visited the museum before, but this was once upon a time when I wasn't actually a proper Londoner. I couldn't remember the pre-London visit all the well, so a re-visit of the Charles Dickens Museum was long overdue. So today I went.
As soon as I walked in, Christmas was all around. A lovely pine and cinnamony smell wafted through the hallway and the banister, the walls and chandeliers were decked in holly, mistletoe and lots of red ribbons.
I went to the gift shop to buy my ticket and started my visit. Each and every room of the house was festively decorated and atmospherically lit. Candles were flickering on the mantelpieces and pine garlands were draped across the walls. There was even a real Christmas tree set up in the parlour room on the first floor, with what looked like Victorian baubles.
The table in the dining room was set for a lavish Christmas dinner ready for the Dickens' family to dig in and the kitchen and supply rooms in the basement looked like a big Christmas meal was being cooked up, albeit the food was of the plastic kind.
I loved being back at this lovely museum especially at this festive time of year. No humbug to be found here.
If you're around on Christmas Eve, do check out their special Christmas with Charles Dickens event.