Shakespeare’s London Tour

William Shakespeare; poet, playwright, actor, lover, conducted his career in London, the greatest city in the world! So come with Free Tours By Foot as we explore the London that Shakespeare knew and loved. For those who love Shakespeare and want to walk the same streets as the Bard, this tour is a must. Or, for those you who hated Shakespeare at school, this is a tour that entertains, fascinates and horrifies we give you a perspective of Shakespeare that your teacher defiantly neglected to mention!

Walk with us from the City of London, where he lived and is remembered in the parish church of St Helens, and follow his steps as he made his way to Southwark across the Old London Bridge – where you’ll learn how the bridge affected the river and why it was here that Londoners headed to for tax free shopping!

Once in Southwark we will join the throngs of undesirables who weren’t allowed into the City. You’ll pay a visit to Southwark Cathedral to pay respects to Shakespeare’s brother, visit a local pub where the Bard definitely had a pint (or two or three…), and discover who the Bishops of Winchester were and what exactly they considered to be ‘entertainment!’

Finally you’ll explore London’s old theatre district where The Rose, The Swan,
The Globe and The Hope theatres operated, where you’ll find out who exactly used to go to the theatres here and what the experience was like when they did!


Sites we visit on the Shakespeare’s London Tour:

  • St Helen’s Church
  • The Gherkin
  • London Bridge
  • Southwark Cathedral
  • The Golden Hind
  • The George Inn
  • Crossbones Garden
  • The original Globe Theatre site
  • The Rose Theatre site
  • Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre Bankside


Tour information

Reservations: REQUIRED. Click here to reserve.  Groups of 6 or more must visit our groups page first.

WHERE: Tour begins from outside Foxton’s, at the junction of Curtian Road and New Yard Inn and Great Eastern Street. This is a short walk from both Old Street and Liverpool Street Stations. (map)

The tour ends at the Globe Theatre. (map)

Duration: Approximately 2.5 hours.

When: View our full Calendar

Cost: This tour is free to take, and you get to decide what, if anything, the tour was worth when it’s done. A name-your-own-price tour is a tour for anyone’s budget.