The banner for Charlie Chaplin's London.


Charlie Chaplin. The mere mention of the name instantly conjures up the image of a small man, wearing oversized, baggy trousers and tight black jacket, and sporting a hat, cane and toothbrush moustache.

Chaplin was the world's first film star, becoming incredibly popular as silent movies exploded in the early twentieth century, his comedy short films making him a millionaire almost overnight.

But before landing in America and entering the burgeoning film industry, Chaplin had spent his early years in poverty-stricken South London, brought up by a mother struggling with mental illness, his father almost entirely absent from his young son's life.

Highlights of Edgar's Guide to Charlie Chaplin's London

  • Walk along bustling street on which Chaplin was born.
  • Visit the tucked-away church where his parents were married, a truy surprising haven amidst the roar of modern London.
  • Stand outside one of the family's many homes where the young Charlie laughed at a sheep which had temporarily escaped from the herd being taken to the nearby slaughterhouse, only to then realise in horror its fate once it was recaptured


  • The workhouse where Chaplin's mother was forced to take herself and her sons.
  • The infirmary where Mrs Chaplin was admitted through mental illness.
  • See the public house where Chaplin saw the man whose walk inspired his greatest comic invention.
  • Uncover the "little haven" that Chaplin and his brother kept for four years.
  • Stand on spot where Chaplin waited for a date with the first girl he ever loved.
  • The house where Chaplin and his brother lived with their father for an unhappy three months.
  • The spot where Chaplin sat and, in the midst of his darkest despair, heard music which lifted his soul.
  • The majestic building where Chaplin played with his closest childhood friend.
  • The pub where Chaplin saw his father for the last time, and shared their one and only heartfelt moment.
  • Sit at the table where Chaplin saw his father for the final time, shortly before his death.
  • Look up at the apartment he and his brother Sydney furnished as a bolt-hole for when they were in London following vaudeville tours - the loss of which made him determined to return to America for good.

Follow in the Footsteps of Charlie Chaplin

This pocket-sized book is packed full of information.

Our step-by-step directions will steer you around the streets of Walworth, Kennington and Lambeth, taking you to more than twenty sites associated with Chaplin's earliest days.

Edgar's Guide to Charlie Chaplin's London is the ultimate walking tour around the streets and sites that inspired the future comic genius.