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Shakespeare London Walk

William Shakespeare is one of the most famous names associated with England and the English language. Many consider him to be the greatest author and poet that this country has ever produced. He may have died over 400 years ago, but there are still remnants of Shakespeare’s London, which you can explore on our Shakespeare London Walk.  

On this 2 hour private walking tour you will visit some of the few areas of Tudor London that have survived to this day. We will guide you along London’s Southbank, stopping regularly to delve into different aspects of the life and works of the world’s most famous playwright.

The Shakespeare London walk will start from The Old Vic, a theatre strongly associated with some of the world’s most famous Shakespearean productions.

You will follow in the footsteps of the Bard, visiting areas that he would have known well, albeit much changes over the past 400 years! Much of Shakespearean London has been swept away during the Great Fire of London and The Blitz. Nevertheless your expert guide and actor will guide you alongside the River Thames, highlighting the nooks and crannies of Tudor and medieval London that Shakespeare would have been familiar with.  

You will find out how the River Thames influenced life in Elizabethan London and Shakespeare’s plays. The Shakespeare London Walk focuses on the area of London near to the river that was the hub of theatrical life in the capital when Shakespeare was alive.

During the tour you will learn about the 16th and 17th century London that helped shape some of Shakespeare’s most well-known plays, and see the locations that inspired some of the most famous speeches ever to have been written. You will pass world famous theatres, including the Globe Theatre, where adaptations of Shakespeare’s 37 plays have been performed countless times.

Your guide will also illuminate the tour with suitable quotes from Hamlet, Henry V, As You Like It, Antony and Cleopatra, Richard II and Richard III as well as visiting film locations from the Ian McKellen 1996 film of Richard III.

The tour finishes outside Southwark Cathedral – a building known to William Shakespeare, and next to Borough Market. Please note this tour is private so when you book you will have your own guide and not share the tour with anyone else.

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