'Shakespeare & his London' Guided Walk

  • February 8, 2014 · 1:45 PM
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Come along on Saturday 8th February at 1:45pm for a guided walk on Shakespeare and the London he lived in.

About the walk
William Shakespeare (born 1564 in Stratford-upon-Avon) came to London in around 1592 and stayed until 1613.  He wrote 38 plays, 154 sonnets and 2 long narrative poems before retiring back to Stratford.

Today he is widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language.  He is the most quoted writer in the history of the English speaking world and many of his quotations have passed into everyday usage.  His plays have been translated into every major language and are performed more often than those of any other playwright.

But, we know so very little about him and his life.  There is not a confirmed drawing or painting of him created during his lifetime or even a confirmed description of what he looked like. There are also quite a lot of mysteries and unanswered questions surrounding his life, which we are unlikely to ever find the answers to.

Thanks to the Great Fire of 1666, World War II bombing and a clear out of the slums in London during the 1920’s and 30’s, there is very little that remains of Shakespeare’s London, but there are some things!

During the walk I will tell you about him and how he changed the English language, his friends, contemporaries, his influences and what life in London was like in the late Elizabethan period.  We will be covering the period 1542 to 1623.

The guided walk will be led by myself.  Full Member’s 2013/14 will be free, everyone else the walk will be £5 each.

The walk takes about 2 hours and finishes near St Paul's.

If you can't see us outside the station, please call.

Lookout for the group sign -

Hope to see you there!

Regards

Robert
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  • Diane W.

    A fascinating walk, marred only by the weather. Discovered places I'd never been to before even after thirty years in London. I shall definitely be going back to the Rose theatre museum. It was amazing.

    February 10, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Robert - hope you got my message. My cold got worse and was in bed all day. Every time I booked something something happens, and I was really looking forward to it.

    February 10, 2014

  • Hildegard S.

    Thanks Robert for a well thought out walk.
    Rose Theatre a highlight. Didn't make it to the Pub,
    the cold got to me.

    February 9, 2014

  • Carolyn

    Marvellous walk and especially enjoyed seeing the Rose theatre

    1 · February 9, 2014

    • Pili

      Yes, the Rose Theatre was epic :-)

      February 9, 2014

  • Alex

    No, we waited till 14:30 at toilet street exit, checking the others too and no one. I was showing the meet up logo from my phone to every one but now we're gone.

    February 8, 2014

    • Robert

      What time did you arrive at the Tooley Street exit at London Bridge?

      February 8, 2014

    • David K.

      I wish I'd been able, but "holy 'headmaster complex', Batman…" re: my unavailability making me 'ostracised by association' your way…(!).

      February 9, 2014

  • Jennifer W.

    no one showed up?

    February 8, 2014

    • Robert

      We were at the Tooley Street exit out of London Bridge, across the road (as advertised in the description) from 1:25pm to 1:55pm. At 2:32pm when you posted your message we were long gone!

      February 8, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    At the station where are you so i can catch up?

    February 8, 2014

    • Pranav

      We are a group of 5 people at the tooley str exit. Still waiting for the others

      February 8, 2014

    • Robert

      We were at the Tooley Street exit out of London Bridge, across the road (as advertised in the description) from 1:25pm to 1:55pm. At 2:26pm when you posted your message we were long gone!

      February 8, 2014

  • Ed

    Finished shortly prior to the death by hypothermia of our Leader. If Shakespeare was a wealthy chap, I feel sure he could have afforded a cape....

    2 · February 8, 2014

  • Robert

    Well done to everyone for battling the wind, rain and cold!

    1 · February 8, 2014

  • Russell

    Robert arrived at the meeting spot at 1:30 for the stated 1:45 meetup. He remained there until 2pm, by which time he had been joined by approximately 30 others. Robert is not responsible for your travel arrangements and I for one am tired of people blaming him, directly or by inference, for their own ineptitude. If it states 1:45 that is he time you need to be there by and doing so is your responsibility.

    3 · February 8, 2014

  • Pili

    I really enjoyed this Walk and I learnt lots of things not only about the one and only Shakespeare but London. When we were standing by Shakespeare's bust and Robert read some quotes I nearly cried. Robert, thank you very much for the great effort that you made today... despite the cold weather you continued wearing the costume to make the Walk more interesting to us. *** You are an excellent organiser ***

    2 · February 8, 2014

  • David K.

    Wow guys…! So sorry to have missed the tour…! I was was only singing at someone's wedding reception near Barbican… So forgive me if all I was doing was wowing 20 wedding guests, as it wasn't 'Romeo & Juliet'… -only real life…!

    February 8, 2014

  • Javier G.

    Well done!!! Many thanks Robert!!!

    February 8, 2014

  • Pili

    Excellent

    February 8, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    A fascinating exploration of all things Shakespeare (despite the weather!) over an interesting part of the city, and a few places I will revisit. Well done and thanks Robert.

    February 8, 2014

  • Si La N.

    ccccccchhhhillly but good thanking you Our brave Robert :} :}

    1 · February 8, 2014

  • Jennifer W.

    Hi! I got there late because I trusted the TFL website. I'm outside Globe Theatre now... is there any way I can catch up to you?

    February 8, 2014

    • Alex

      Hi Jennifer, I'm at borough market with few guys as no one showed up. Join us.

      February 8, 2014

  • Rita N.

    Hi, I've just received an email that I am confirmed for this walk as a spot has become available. As the walk starts in 10 minutes and I am in North London, there is no way I can make it. Shame- next time a bit more notice would be great.

    1 · February 8, 2014

  • Sara

    I apologize for the change at the eleventh hour. I can't come.
    I hope that someone will enjoy the walk at my place!

    February 8, 2014

  • Eveline

    Apologies for the late notice, but I have to cancel for today, I hope my place can still be taken.

    February 8, 2014

  • Joanna M.

    I see a few people are dropping. Am on wait list so may just turn up on off chance that someone drops out.

    February 8, 2014

  • Jane

    Looks like nice weather but my lurgy means I have to rest - blast it. Hope my place will be filled -shame. Jane

    February 8, 2014

  • Niobe

    Hi. I am ill with fever so unfortunately cannot make it.

    February 8, 2014

  • Robert

    When you get to London Bridge for the walk, come out of the Tooley Street exit and we will be across the road where there is space to gather.

    February 8, 2014

    • ann r.

      Hi Robert. It depends on the weather - looks like a gale. Please book me for the 22nd. Thanks, Ann + Rocky

      February 8, 2014

  • mythili

    I thought I was confirmed for 22ndFeb. I am busy tomorrow so confirm for the tour later this month.

    February 7, 2014

  • Tricia

    Hi Robert. Just seen that I'm now off the wait-list for tomorrow but unfortunately can't make it. I have a confirmed place for the 22nd so will look forward to that. Many thanks.

    February 7, 2014

  • Kevin

    sorry to not make it tomorrow. streaming cold at present. I wish everyone a nice day

    February 7, 2014

  • Nicola S.

    Hello Robert,
    Can't make it tomorrow, sorry!

    February 7, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I was on the wait list for 8th so could I come on 22nd instead please? Thanks

    February 6, 2014

    • Robert

      Yes, fine.

      February 7, 2014

  • Michela L.

    Robert I'm in the waitlist on this Saturday 8, I saw you received some cancellations.....may I come please??
    let me know....
    Thanks

    February 6, 2014

    • Robert

      You will have to join the waiting list I'm afraid.

      February 7, 2014

  • Jane

    Been getting unwell / don't want to leave empty space. What is latest I can let you know if I still feel ill please? Jane

    February 7, 2014

    • Robert

      Just wait until tomorrow morning and if you are still not feeling that great, change your rsvp to No.

      February 7, 2014

  • Susan B.

    Sorry Robert, not feeling great at the moment so will have to give this a miss.

    February 7, 2014

    • Robert

      Hope you feel better soon, we are repeating the walk in 2 weeks.

      February 7, 2014

  • Suvarna S.

    I see lots of cancellations. I am on the wait list . So v hopeful

    February 7, 2014

  • Miguel

    Hi just added myself to the waitlist. How does it work? Will I get a confirmation if anything frees up?

    February 7, 2014

  • David K.

    As goes what 'Michela LG' said, I'd also love to be considered…

    February 6, 2014

  • bary

    noticed that I should hav cancelled this date as im on 22feb list

    February 6, 2014

  • Caroll

    Sorry need to cancel as been ill all week, and no energy. Hope to come on another one soon.

    February 6, 2014

  • Joan C.

    I said that I would be happy to go on Feb. 22 and am now going to a matinee on the 8th, so my place can go to someone else on the wait list.. Best wishes,

    Joan

    February 5, 2014

  • Rosalind

    Robert, I'm a full member! I don't take up that much room now I've lost a bit of post-Xmas weight - sure you can't fit me in?!

    Best wishes Rosalind

    February 5, 2014

  • Jackie M.

    sorry as booked myself on 22nd February and busy now on the 8th

    February 5, 2014

  • Robert

    For those on the waiting list, we are repeating the walk on Sat 22nd Feb, click here to RSVP: http://www.meetup.com/LondonCultureseekers/events/163263182/

    February 4, 2014

  • Joan C.

    Yes please. Would like to come on the walk . Best wishes, Joan

    February 1, 2014

  • Robert

    The walk is being repeated on Sat 22nd Feb, go here to book onto it - http://www.meetup.com/LondonCultureseekers/events/163263182/

    January 30, 2014

  • HILARY H.

    thanks Robert for changing 15th time for me
    hope there is room on 8th for me and another friend
    seems we are on waiting list at moment
    regards Hilary

    January 24, 2014

  • nahid

    I would like to attend please let me know if there is a spot left for me. Thanks

    January 23, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I would love to attend.

    January 23, 2014

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