Shakespeare’s London

(29 customer reviews)

Barbican Tube Stop

Guided by Rick Jones

Walk Times

Day Walk Type Start Time End Time
Saturday Weekly 11 am 1 pm Winter Summer Reserve Online

N.B. this walk will not take place on the following dates:


“It all comes down to the guiding.”

“If this were a golf tournament every name on the Leader Board would be a London Walks guide. And one of those names, needless to say, would be Rick Jones.”

En route Rick tells the story of Shakespeare’s younger brother and boy actor, Edmond, his milkmaid Elizabeth Newcomen, his saddler John Bingham, his butcher Robert Harvard and his fellow actors John Heminge and Henry Condell who first published posthumously the plays.


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29 reviews for Shakespeare’s London

  1. Humberto Martins

    Amazing tour, Rick’s knowledge made me feel glad for choosing the Shakespeare walk tour. Highly recommended.

  2. Maya and Ofer

    Rick was very intresting and entertaining. His Lute playing was great and his knowledge in history and literature was vast. Higly recomended.

  3. Gary Johnston

    Rick’s TS Eliot The Wasteland tour is excellent both in literary terms. (Rick has a vast knowledge of the poem) and the historic and other references in the poem which are brought to life through Rick’s passionate and engaging delivery. Thoroughly recommend this tour to anyone interested in TS Eliot and in the history of aspects of London

  4. Steve Nicholson

    An absolutely great walk! From the moment Rick set the scene with beautiful lute playing outside Southwark Cathedral my partner and I were hooked. Rick has an engaging personality and a wealth of knowledge regarding Shakespeare’s life and career which he transmits with genuine enthusiasm and a real love of the subject. The walk is well paced, taking in sites on both sides of the Thames and is quite lengthy, being over two hours, but this includes an entertaining half hour of Rick’s lute playing and renditions of 16th Century songs. Rick also clearly explains Shakespeare’s position amongst other great names in Literature of the time as well as emphasising how close we were to losing half of his entire output forever. I would recommend this walk to anyone, irrespective of how familiar they are with the Bard, without hesitation.

  5. Nadeem Khan

    The first 20 minutes in the Harvard Chapel (Southwark Cathedral) were enchanting…the walk, simply wonderful if you love the Bard. Rick Jones is a veritable, ambulatory ‘tour de force.’ A Man for All Seasons!

  6. Garry King

    We were delighted by Rick’s ability to convey Shakespearian London in a very knowledgeable and entertaining manner. We loved Rick’s Lute playing in the chapel, an amazing experience. We have already recommended this walk to family and friends.

  7. Peter Garrod

    We really enjoyed this walk. Rick is very knowledgeable about his subject and took us to a whole range of sites from Southwark to Moorgate associated with Shakespeare’s life in London. His lute recital in the Harvard chapel in Southwark Cathedral got us off to a good start! These walks are very good value and a great way to learn about London.

  8. Daphne

    This was such a great walk! Rick was engaging and kept us going at a perfect pace, so we saw more than I expected we would in two hours. Maybe I shouldn’t say this but I actually preferred this tour to the one I took of the Globe itself. There’s just something magical about realizing how much history you’ve walked past without realizing it.

  9. Sophie

    I learnt so much on this wonderful tour. The lute recital was such a highlight of my weekend and Rick was a thoroughly engaging guide. I will be going on his other tours ASAP. I would definitely recommend this tour!

  10. Ted Engel

    Rick was an outstanding guide, and I’m grateful for his musical talents, the many things I learned on the tour, and the remarkable kindness he showed as he patiently answered my questions.

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