A Day of Shakespeare.
It’s not just about seeing a play; it’s about taking the tour at the Globe Theater, having dinner at the Swan Restaurant on the top floor of the Globe, taking in one of Shakespeare’s plays and then taking a 7-minute walk to a Pub established in 1676 called The National Trust: George Inn for a nightcap, and a spirited conversation about the play and your day of Shakespeare.
The New Globe Theater
The “new” Globe Theater is an exact reproduction of the original Globe Theater where Shakespeare and his troupe performed all of their plays. It is exact in almost every detail although certain contemporary features including electricity and modern plumbing are in evidence.
The Shakespeare Tour
You can tour the Globe either through an organized tour or on your own at the Discovery Space. The Discovery Space is your chance to experience another side of Shakespeare’s Globe. It features everything from backstage interviews to academic research papers and access to other free resources.
Dinner at the Globe
Dinner at the Globe is an elegant and very “green” affair. The Swan provides delicious food and drink and the ingredients are sourced from local farmers and markets, with boutique wines to match. There is also a Pub at the Globe called The Swan Bar if you’re looking for something to eat and drink that’s a bit less formal. The Pub
opens at 8 am for breakfast and the Swan Restaurant opens at Noon.
How to get there
Be sure to visit The Globe’s website to find times for tours, dinner reservations at the Swan Restaurant and to purchase tickets. By the way, you have to either sit on a wooden bench or stand while watching the plays at the Globe. It’s how it was done in The Bard’s time.
It’s centrally located on the River Thames on Bankside Street.
21 New Globe Walk
London SE1 9DT
After the Play
Down the street from the Globe about a 7 minutes walk away is the George Inn. According to their website: The George Inn is London’s only remaining galleried coaching inn and has been serving thirsty Londoner’s for over 300 years. Owned by the National Trust the George was a haunt of Charles Dickens and is mentioned in ‘Little Dorrit’. They serve food from 11 am to 10 pm and the pub is open into the wee hours.
The George Inn