'Shakespeare & his London' Guided Walk

  • February 22, 2014 · 1:45 PM
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Come along on Saturday 22nd 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. We will head to the Lord Raglan pub, 61 St Martin's le Grand after the walk..

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

Lookout for the group sign and the place where we are meeting is below -

Hope to see you there!

Regards

Robert
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  • GARETH

    Great research by Robert and greatly entertaining.

    February 24, 2014

  • Sophie

    Superb tour and very informative. Thank you very much Rob for organising and adding to it with the fashion. It allows better imagination :-)

    February 24, 2014

  • Tricia

    It was very enlightening! Robert's research, knowledge, delivery and sense of occasion (his Elizabethan outfit) made the whole walk so entertaining. There were sites and plaques that I never would have noticed if they had not been pointed out. Visiting the Rose Theatre was a real treat, too. A brilliant afternoon. Thank you, Robert.

    February 23, 2014

  • Jean

    Thank you, Robert, for that interesting and comprehensive tour. I was really impressed with the visit to The Rose Playhouse. By the way - love your Shakespearean costume, complete with tame rat!

    February 23, 2014

  • Roberta S.

    The tour was extremely good I enjoyed very much

    1 · February 23, 2014

  • David K.

    I was delayed at 'Arnos Grove', so didn't get to 'L.B.' till 2.20pm, & nobody was there by then… It wasn't like the Bethnal Green case last week…!

    February 23, 2014

  • Niobe

    It was a great and very interesting walk. The Rose theatre was really an unexpected bonus. A hidden gem in London. Thank you Robert for organizing and guiding this tour. I really enjoyed it.
    Romeo (Falstaff) rat was also a bonus for me. He is so cute and charming new member of the group :-) I hope I will see him in the next meetups too :-). He could become the mascot of the Culturseekers group. I am sure he is not carrying the plague :-)

    February 23, 2014

  • Robert

    Good fun guiding the walk, the acting in the Rose theatre was an unexpected bonus!

    February 23, 2014

  • Libby O.

    Oh sorry I missed out didnt read my emails to say i had been confirmed. Hopefully you will run this again.

    February 22, 2014

  • Magdalena

    Have a nice day.

    February 22, 2014

  • Magdalena

    Unfortunately I am unable to come. I am still at work. Is there any chance to organise the same meetup again? I think many people would like to come again. Thank you. Have a nu

    February 22, 2014

  • Daisy

    Looking forward to meeting everyone there!

    February 22, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Apologies, I'm not going to be able to make it in time!

    February 22, 2014

  • Lynn

    I'm sorry I'm going to have to pull out - sorry for the late notice - I've sprained my ankle. Hope a couple of other people can fill our spots

    February 22, 2014

  • Sophie

    Same! :-D Any late cancellations? Would be great!!

    February 22, 2014

  • John S.

    Any spaces for this afternoon? Would love to come along.

    February 22, 2014

  • T

    Are there any late cancellations? I am on the waiting list and wondering whether to just turn up?!?

    February 22, 2014

  • Sophie

    Sorry, double booked :-(!

    February 18, 2014

    • Sophie

      Bugger! I wish I hadn't cancelled now. What a planning for this Sat!! :-8!

      February 21, 2014

  • Niobe

    Hi. Do you plan to go to a pub after the walk as it is usually done after meetups? If so which pub it would be?

    February 21, 2014

    • Robert

      Yes, the walk finishes near St Paul's Tube Station and the pub we head to after is the Lord Raglan, 61 St Martin's le Grand.

      February 21, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Well, I'm confused now. I am not yet a member and understood I was on the list for tomorrow (I no longer have that message of course) but can't see my name on the yes/no/maybe lists. Do I exist?

    February 21, 2014

  • Gamze S.

    Unfortunately, I can't come tomorrow. :( Hopefully I can make it next time! Enjoy your walk and see you next time!

    February 21, 2014

  • Joan C.

    Disappointed as I'm only on the wait list as I thought I had booked myself in ages ago ! Hope I am able to come tomorrow.

    Joan

    February 21, 2014

  • Ursula

    Oh, so I'm in! Lovely! :)

    February 21, 2014

  • Nancy

    I'm really interested but going away for the weekend so unable to attend. But please organise again.

    February 20, 2014

  • Libby O.

    I would like to go to this it sounds really interesting. I am a new member so look forward to meeting you guys there.

    February 15, 2014

  • Sean R.

    Sorry, can't make it now. Have to go for my dad's birthday back home in Bristol.

    February 15, 2014

  • Daisy

    Looking forward to meeting everyone there!

    February 2, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    This sounds great, I'd love to come along ...

    February 2, 2014

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