This walking tour includes some of London's most famous landmarks, but it also takes in hidden alleyways and historical details that are hard to find without expert guidance. We will begin at Barbican station and walk towards Shakespeare's former lodgings on the northern fringes of the City. We will see some of the most important buildings and localities of the city that the playwright inhabited, including places where he lived and worked. Eventually we will make our way over to Blackfriars, the site of the indoor playhouse where Shakespeare's late plays were performed, and where he purchased a property in 1613. As a literary scholar and historian, I can show you how the buildings, spaces and people of London found their way into Shakespeare's famous works and shaped his plays. This tour will give you a deeper understanding of Shakespeare, his works, and the world around him at the start of the seventeenth century.
Hi I'm Alexander, a London historian and Shakespeare expert with a PhD in English Literature. My research is focused on the historical contexts of Shakespeare's plays, and how London as a place shaped the works that were written to be enacted there. I possess in-depth knowledge of Shakespeare's life in London, Elizabethan and Jacobean drama, and London history in general. I can help you discover Shakespeare's London at first hand, including hidden historical gems that you will not find in guide books. I have years of experience from researching the period and sharing the wonders of London's history with visitors and locals alike.
This walking tour departs from Barbican underground station and takes place in the City of London, finishing at Blackfriars.
Good footwear for walking
This walk covers ca. 3 miles/5 km and involves stairs; please wear comfortable shoes and be prepared for all weather. Please arrive a few minutes before the scheduled time so we can depart promptly.
Discover Shakespeare's London