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George Orwell in Hampstead

Updated: May 17, 2022

George Orwell lived and worked in a bookshop on this site.

Memorial plaque of famous English writer George Orwell on a grey coloured wall.
George Orwell Plaque in Hampstead

Under the pen name of George Orwell, Eric Arthur Blair (1903-1950) was a hugely successful English novelist, political essayist and journalist known for his left-wing, anti-totalitarian views.

This is a site where George Orwell once lived and worked.
George Orwell lived and worked on this site.

Orwell wrote six novels, and most of them were semi-autobiographical.

Some of his best-known works were Animal Farm, Nineteen Eighty-Four, Homage to Catalonia and Down and Out in Paris and London.

George Orwell lived and worked as a part-time assistant in a second-hand bookshop called Booklover’s Corner on this site during the mid-1930s.

Orwell was writing Keep the Aspidistra Flying, one of his early novels on social criticism, while he was living and working on this site.

The novel is set in London in 1934, and it was first published in 1936.

Nowadays, the site serves as a Gail's Bakery. 🍩

You can still flip through the pages of a book plus have a cup of coffee on this literary important site. 📖☕

You will only need to bring the book yourself. 😊

A memorial plaque can be found here. 🔵

📍1 S End Rd, London NW3 2PT

🚆 The nearest station is Hampstead Heath Overground Station.

If you want to find more hidden literary gems in London visit our Writer's Path Map 👈⁠⁠ ⁠

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