Shakespeare’s London– meet at the entrance of Southwark Cathedral

(9 customer reviews)

Guided by Rick Jones

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You must reserve your place online for this walk. Select your date and time on the table below.

Walk Times

Day Walk Type Start Time End Time
Saturday Weekly 10.30 am 12.30 pm Winter Summer Reserve Online

The tour begins with lute music played outdoors beside the Shakespeare statue in the churchyard of Southwark Cathedral from 10.30 am.

DIRECTIONS: Southwark Cathedral is just over London Bridge from Monument Tube. And London Bridge Station is even closer – Southwark Cathedral is just across Borough High Street from the station.

The walk leads through Southwark to the sites of the original Shakespeare theatres, the Globe, the Rose, the Swan, the Hope and the Blackfriars, including the modern replica Globe.

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.


“I start the Shakespeare Lute Tour outside the cathedral at the Shakespeare statue in the churchyard. I play 20 minutes of music there. Then we’re off. I show the Shakespeare window from the outside, we walk through the cathedral (I lead the way) and then off we go to the rest of the sites.”

9 reviews for Shakespeare’s London– meet at the entrance of Southwark Cathedral

  1. Heather

    Loved this walk – I learned so many interesting and quirky facts. The lute at the start really conjured up an atmosphere of the era too – well worth going.

  2. Dominic Wallace

    Excellent walk by Rick. The lute music and songs were mesmeric and the speeches/quotes from Shakespeare plays, as we walked, brilliantly added to the worthwhileness of this walk. If you’ve booked for the Globe, this walk is a must as a warm.up.

  3. Michael

    Love London Walks and Rick’s Shakespeare tour is a clear example of why.

  4. Eva C.

    Dear Fiona and the whole London walk team,
    I just wanted to share with you how pleased I was with the wonderful Shakespeare Walk last Saturday. Rick was the best guide you can imagine – very generous with his deep knowledge and insights. On top of everything he played lute beautifully. A real pity that I was the only one on the tour. If only people know what they are missing.

    I’ll send a photo from the tour – hope that could help attracting more walkers to the tour.

    Kind regards

  5. Linda Baker

    A most enjoyable walk and a great way to kick off the weekend. Guided by the knowledgeable and ever entertaining Rick Jones – plus lute! – we were transported back to Shakespeare’s London. In a city I’ve grown up in and thought I knew, there are still some amazing little corners to discover and learn about. This time, for me, it was Baynard castle. Who knew?! Google it! Or better still join the walk. You’ll be glad you did. I was! Thank you Rick and London Walks for another little gem.

  6. Paul Goacher

    An excellent walk! From the start at Southwark Cathedral our guide Rick, introduced us to many interesting facts about Shakespeare and answered all our endless questions on the walk around The City of London. The walk was also fun on a wonderful sunny day. Well done Rick! We will have to try another of your tours soon.

  7. Scott

    Who knew – a few strums on a lute (brilliantly played I might add!) combined with just a few utterances in Rick’s sonorous voice and are transformed into early Elizabethan England! As he whisks you through 16th century London, Rick brilliantly brings to life, not just Shakespeare himself, but through carefully curated pithy and engaging anecdotes, the economic, and social context of The Bard’s whole world. Unique and excellent, thank you Rick!

  8. tony Carpenter

    One of the best tours we’ve been on , Rick is knowledgeable, witty and entertaining , with his lute playing he brings the Shakespearian City of Southwark and beyond to life , you haven’t walked Shakespeare’s London until you’ve walked this tour

  9. Suraya

    Rick evokes a real Tudor atmosphere with his excellent lute playing and his extensive knowledge of Shakespeare helps to bring all of the locations visited to life. Many hidden gems to discover – don’t hesitate to go on this super tour.

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