London is the capital city of England and the United Kingdom. Founded by the Romans, it has been a major settlement for over two millennia. Throughout this time it has played an important role in British and global cultural history. It was the birthplace of many major figures of English literature, including Chaucer, Keats, Dickens, and Woolf. It is also home to a great number of literary landmarks, such as the Globe Theatre and the 221B Baker Street Museum. London continues to be a leading city for arts, entertainment, culture and literature. Due to the multicultural and diverse population of London, it is an exciting place for BAME writers and ground-breaking literature.
The city has also played a significant role within literature itself, serving as the backdrop for a huge range of notable literary works. Whether it is H.G. Wells’ The War of the Worlds or Zadie Smith’s White Teeth, London has a captivating quality in the literary imagination that allows it to become more than just a setting, but a character in and of itself.
This topic page is for all things to do with London, whether reviews of London-based fiction, or guides to London bookshops, this is the place to link articles and reading lists, and to explore the literary world of this fascinating city.