London, Britain and Children's Literature

London has been used as the setting for a number of children’s books, from classics such as P L Travers’ Mary Poppins and Dodie Smith’s The Hundred and One Dalmatians, to contemporary books like Charlie Fletcher’s Stoneheart and Jamila Gavin’s Coram Boy.

  • Storybook England
    An interactive website where you can find out more about children’s books set in England.
  • Discover
    The UK’s first hands-on creative literature space for children aged 0-11 years and their families/carers dedicated to generating a love of language, literature and stories. 
  • The Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre
    A small, fun and friendly museum situated in the village where Roald Dahl lived and wrote.
  • Seven Stories: the Centre for Children’s Books
    A museum in Newcastle dedicated to the art of British children’s books.
  • The Manor, Hemingford Gray (Green Knowe)
    The house that inspired Lucy Boston’s ‘Green Knowe’ books
  • Oxford
    The place where C S Lewis wrote the Narnia Stories, Lewis Carroll met Alice in Wonderland and Philip Pullman created his Northern Lights trilogy.  Christ Church, a college of the University of Oxford, was used as a setting for parts of the Harry Potter films. A Story Museum is being built in Oxford to celebrate these and other local children’s authors.
  • Theatre in London
    While in London why not visit the theatre? You can see an outdoor production of C S Lewis' The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe in Kensington Gardens or the original stage production of Michael Morpurgo's War Horse. If Roald Dahl is more your style then why not try Matilda? Remember to buy your tickets well in advance as they get booked up very quickly.