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London home of Charles Dickens open after renovation

A general view shows the Charles Dickens Museum in central London December 10, 2012. The former London home of Charles Dickens reopened on Monday, after an eight-month, 3.1 million GBP ($5 million) refurbishment celebrating the author's bicentenary. REUTERS/Toby Melville

A general view shows the Charles Dickens Museum in central London December 10, 2012. The former London home of Charles Dickens reopened on Monday, after an eight-month, 3.1 million GBP ($5 million) refurbishment celebrating the author's bicentenary....more

A general view shows the Charles Dickens Museum in central London December 10, 2012. The former London home of Charles Dickens reopened on Monday, after an eight-month, 3.1 million GBP ($5 million) refurbishment celebrating the author's bicentenary. REUTERS/Toby Melville
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A visitor views the bedroom of Charles Dickens at the Charles Dickens Museum in central London December 10, 2012. The former London home of Charles Dickens reopened on Monday, after an eight-month, 3.1 million GBP ($5 million) refurbishment celebrating the author's bicentenary. REUTERS/Toby Melville

A visitor views the bedroom of Charles Dickens at the Charles Dickens Museum in central London December 10, 2012. The former London home of Charles Dickens reopened on Monday, after an eight-month, 3.1 million GBP ($5 million) refurbishment...more

A visitor views the bedroom of Charles Dickens at the Charles Dickens Museum in central London December 10, 2012. The former London home of Charles Dickens reopened on Monday, after an eight-month, 3.1 million GBP ($5 million) refurbishment celebrating the author's bicentenary. REUTERS/Toby Melville
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Visitors view the dining room of the Charles Dickens Museum in central London December 10, 2012. The former London home of Charles Dickens reopened on Monday, after an eight-month, 3.1 million GBP ($5 million) refurbishment celebrating the author's bicentenary. REUTERS/Toby Melville

Visitors view the dining room of the Charles Dickens Museum in central London December 10, 2012. The former London home of Charles Dickens reopened on Monday, after an eight-month, 3.1 million GBP ($5 million) refurbishment celebrating the author's...more

Visitors view the dining room of the Charles Dickens Museum in central London December 10, 2012. The former London home of Charles Dickens reopened on Monday, after an eight-month, 3.1 million GBP ($5 million) refurbishment celebrating the author's bicentenary. REUTERS/Toby Melville
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The laid table is seen in the dining room of the Charles Dickens Museum in central London December 10, 2012. The former London home of Charles Dickens reopened on Monday, after an eight-month, 3.1 million GBP ($5 million) refurbishment celebrating the author's bicentenary. REUTERS/Toby Melville

The laid table is seen in the dining room of the Charles Dickens Museum in central London December 10, 2012. The former London home of Charles Dickens reopened on Monday, after an eight-month, 3.1 million GBP ($5 million) refurbishment celebrating...more

The laid table is seen in the dining room of the Charles Dickens Museum in central London December 10, 2012. The former London home of Charles Dickens reopened on Monday, after an eight-month, 3.1 million GBP ($5 million) refurbishment celebrating the author's bicentenary. REUTERS/Toby Melville
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A portrait of British author Charles Dickens by Samuel Laurence, dating from 1837, is seen in the Charles Dickens Museum in central London December 10, 2012. The former London home of Charles Dickens reopened on Monday, after an eight-month, 3.1 million GBP ($5 million) refurbishment celebrating the author's bicentenary. REUTERS/Toby Melville

A portrait of British author Charles Dickens by Samuel Laurence, dating from 1837, is seen in the Charles Dickens Museum in central London December 10, 2012. The former London home of Charles Dickens reopened on Monday, after an eight-month, 3.1...more

A portrait of British author Charles Dickens by Samuel Laurence, dating from 1837, is seen in the Charles Dickens Museum in central London December 10, 2012. The former London home of Charles Dickens reopened on Monday, after an eight-month, 3.1 million GBP ($5 million) refurbishment celebrating the author's bicentenary. REUTERS/Toby Melville
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A visitor views the Mary Hogarth room of the Charles Dickens Museum in central London December 10, 2012. The former London home of Charles Dickens reopened on Monday, after an eight-month, 3.1 million GBP ($5 million) refurbishment celebrating the author's bicentenary. REUTERS/Toby Melville

A visitor views the Mary Hogarth room of the Charles Dickens Museum in central London December 10, 2012. The former London home of Charles Dickens reopened on Monday, after an eight-month, 3.1 million GBP ($5 million) refurbishment celebrating the...more

A visitor views the Mary Hogarth room of the Charles Dickens Museum in central London December 10, 2012. The former London home of Charles Dickens reopened on Monday, after an eight-month, 3.1 million GBP ($5 million) refurbishment celebrating the author's bicentenary. REUTERS/Toby Melville
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A lock of Dickens' hair sits next to letter in the Charles Dickens Museum in central London December 10, 2012. The former London home of Charles Dickens reopened on Monday, after an eight-month, 3.1 million GBP ($5 million) refurbishment celebrating the author's bicentenary. REUTERS/Toby Melville

A lock of Dickens' hair sits next to letter in the Charles Dickens Museum in central London December 10, 2012. The former London home of Charles Dickens reopened on Monday, after an eight-month, 3.1 million GBP ($5 million) refurbishment celebrating...more

A lock of Dickens' hair sits next to letter in the Charles Dickens Museum in central London December 10, 2012. The former London home of Charles Dickens reopened on Monday, after an eight-month, 3.1 million GBP ($5 million) refurbishment celebrating the author's bicentenary. REUTERS/Toby Melville
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A visitor climbs stairs at the Charles Dickens Museum in central London December 10, 2012. The former London home of Charles Dickens reopened on Monday, after an eight-month, 3.1 million GBP ($5 million) refurbishment celebrating the author's bicentenary. REUTERS/Toby Melville

A visitor climbs stairs at the Charles Dickens Museum in central London December 10, 2012. The former London home of Charles Dickens reopened on Monday, after an eight-month, 3.1 million GBP ($5 million) refurbishment celebrating the author's...more

A visitor climbs stairs at the Charles Dickens Museum in central London December 10, 2012. The former London home of Charles Dickens reopened on Monday, after an eight-month, 3.1 million GBP ($5 million) refurbishment celebrating the author's bicentenary. REUTERS/Toby Melville
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The kitchen is seen in the Charles Dickens Museum in central London December 10, 2012. The former London home of Charles Dickens reopened on Monday, after an eight-month, 3.1 million GBP ($5 million) refurbishment celebrating the author's bicentenary. REUTERS/Toby Melville

The kitchen is seen in the Charles Dickens Museum in central London December 10, 2012. The former London home of Charles Dickens reopened on Monday, after an eight-month, 3.1 million GBP ($5 million) refurbishment celebrating the author's...more

The kitchen is seen in the Charles Dickens Museum in central London December 10, 2012. The former London home of Charles Dickens reopened on Monday, after an eight-month, 3.1 million GBP ($5 million) refurbishment celebrating the author's bicentenary. REUTERS/Toby Melville
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The blue plaque is seen outside the Charles Dickens Museum in central London December 10, 2012. The former London home of Charles Dickens reopened on Monday, after an eight-month, 3.1 million GBP ($5 million) refurbishment celebrating the author's bicentenary. REUTERS/Toby Melville

The blue plaque is seen outside the Charles Dickens Museum in central London December 10, 2012. The former London home of Charles Dickens reopened on Monday, after an eight-month, 3.1 million GBP ($5 million) refurbishment celebrating the author's...more

The blue plaque is seen outside the Charles Dickens Museum in central London December 10, 2012. The former London home of Charles Dickens reopened on Monday, after an eight-month, 3.1 million GBP ($5 million) refurbishment celebrating the author's bicentenary. REUTERS/Toby Melville
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A visitor views the study at the Charles Dickens Museum in central London December 10, 2012. The former London home of Charles Dickens reopened on Monday, after an eight-month, 3.1 million GBP ($5 million) refurbishment celebrating the author's bicentenary. REUTERS/Toby Melville

A visitor views the study at the Charles Dickens Museum in central London December 10, 2012. The former London home of Charles Dickens reopened on Monday, after an eight-month, 3.1 million GBP ($5 million) refurbishment celebrating the author's...more

A visitor views the study at the Charles Dickens Museum in central London December 10, 2012. The former London home of Charles Dickens reopened on Monday, after an eight-month, 3.1 million GBP ($5 million) refurbishment celebrating the author's bicentenary. REUTERS/Toby Melville
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