I don’t know about you, but one of the things that initially drew me to England was the wealth of British literature. My entire first trip could have been dubbed “The Jane Austen Quest,” where almost every attraction was based around where I could get the most Austen. Below are some of my favorite places rich in literary inspiration:
The Eagle and Child (Tolkien, C.S. Lewis)
Located in Oxford, the Eagle and Child is a must-see for any Tolkien or C.S. Lewis fan. Both authors were part of a group called the Inklings, and they met regularly in this pub while composing their various works. (Locals to Oxford might quirk an eyebrow and point out they were regulars at every pub, but the Eagle and Child definitely has a lovely vibe so let’s not spoil it.)
Look for the blue sign depicting an eagle carrying off a child (very straightforward imagery) and go in. The pub is wonderfully tiny and dark, with loads of quirky little spaces. The Inklings room is across from the bar, and if you sit there you’ll be able to look at pictures and quotes from the authors.
Take your table number and order at the bar. I highly recommend the fish and chips.