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Guided by Lance
O for a muse of fire... (Henry V)
Aces high. Four of 'em: Perfect guide. Perfect subject. Perfect time. Perfect place.
Lance – the Voice – guiding his Shakespeare Anniversary Walk on Shakespeare's birthday on the Bankside (where the Globe Theatre was and is).
Now sits expectation in the air (Henry V). Because we're venturing into the centre of the literary universe. Where English poetry began. And where, 200 yards upstream and 200 years later, the modern English drama was born. And that's just by way of setting the scene for William Shakespeare. The main act is finding the bits and pieces where some kind of reality can be touched across all those years. Places and artefacts where we can make contact with someone who disappeared 400 years ago. In short, you want Shakespeare in his habitat – you want his London, his cultural and physical landscape – this is where you come. And whom you come with. Guided by "the Voice", Lance. So come gallants, lads, ladies, hearts of gold! What, shall we be merry? (I Henry IV)
Lance. Shakespeare's anniversary (both of 'em: yes, he was born on April 23rd and died, 52 years later, on April 23rd). A walking tour celebrating his life and work. A walking tour in the perfect "where" – The Bankside, the epicentre of his literary and theatrical life.
For good measure, it's St. George's Day!
The planets. All of them. Aligned. Perfectly.
The Shakespeare Anniversary Walk takes place at 2 pm on Tuesday, April 23. Meeting point is outside the Duke Street Hill exit* of London BridgeTube. *Can be a bit confusing, this exit. It's also known as the Tooley Street exit. Out of the exit it's Tooley Street down to your right. Turn left though and walk up toward Borough High Street and London Bridge the name changes and the same street becomes Duke Street Hill.
"Even jaded Londoners find these London Walks a source of astonishing gems of information about the city in which they live." Daily Mail, Top London Treats
"Although the big companies tend to just shuttle vast hordes of people about, one tour company does give you an in-depth, personalized insight to the city, offering a dizzying array of themed tours conducted by very qualified guides. London
"The original and best – there are several companies offering walking tours of London but London Walks (London's oldest) is easily the pick of the bunch" London, Cadogan Guide
If you can't make the regularly scheduled, just-turn-up, public Shakespeare Anniversary Walk do think about booking a Shakespeare Walk with Lance (or with Royal Shakespeare Company actor Stephen Noonan or Royal National Theatre actor Nick Day as a private tour. If you go private you can have the Shakespeare's London tour – or any other London Walk – on a day and at a time that suits your convenience. We'll tailor it to your requirements. Ring Fiona or Noel or Mary on 020 7624 3978 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll set it up and make it happen for you. A private London Walk – they're good value for an individual or couple and sensational value for a group – makes an ideal group or educational or birthday party or office (team-building) or club outing.
A private London Walk makes a fab present – be it a birthday or anniversary or get-to-know-your-new neighbourhood gift or Christmas present or whatever. Merchandise schmerchandise (gift wrapped or not) – but giving someone an experience, now that's special. Memories make us rich.