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Shakespeare in London
2016 is the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare's passing. Celebrate his legacy with actor Lance Pierson on this guided walk around the city.
Although everyone knows that Shakespeare came from Stratford-upon-Avon, all of his famous working life was spent in London. Follow in his footsteps and see the places where he lived, wrote and acted. At each stop you will be further transported with extracts from Shakespeare's plays connected with that location.See the original site of the Globe Theatre and its sister the Blackfriars Theatre, two houses where he lived and the very spot where we believe Othello, King Lear and Macbeth were written. The walk will pause at the modern Globe for a comfort break (and a chance to visit the shop) but won't visit the actual theatre.
'All the world's a stage' and your entrance will be at London Bridge Station. 'Our revels' will end near St Paul's with plenty of options for post-walk refreshments. The walk lasts about two hours.
Central London Poetry Walk
Walking with Wordsworth, Strolling with Shakespeare...
In conjunction with 'The Original London Walks,' Lance Pierson presents his acclaimed 2-hour 'Poetry Walk' along the banks of the Thames, between Waterloo and Westminster Bridges.
The walk features:
- Modern poems about the Festival Hall, Hungerford Bridge and the London Eye
- Westminster Bridge immortalised by Wordsworth
- Views of Shakespeare's Globe and Donne's St Paul's
- Poetry paving stones along the South Bank
- Statues of Burns and Gilbert and Sullivan
Lance will perform relevant poems at each place, then we will finish with refreshments in a nearby hostelry. No need to book but please do tell anyone who might enjoy this and encourage them to join us.
Twickenham and Teddington Poetry Walk
A walk to celebrate the strong poetic heritage of Twickenham and Teddington led by Lance Pierson and Barrie Armstrong.
At each stopping place of poetic interest, they will read a relevant poem by the poet who is commemorated there. The poets featured are:
Lord Alfred Tennyson, Walter de la Mare, John Donne, Alexander Pope, Thomas Traherne.
Barrie is a long-term resident of Eel Pie Island and a former journalist, as well as a poet himself.
A guided poetry walk around Highgate to see where John Betjeman was born and grew up. The walk starts at Kentish Town Station and visits the places where Betjeman was born, brought up and went to school. The walk finishes in Highgate Village, but be warned, West Hill is a steep climb.
At each stopping point Lance reads from the poems which Betjeman wrote about his childhood. The poems include "Parliament Hill Fields", "Archibald", "NW5 and N6", "False Security", and "Original Sin."
John Milton Poetry Walk
A guided walk to celebrate arguably England's second greatest poet, John Milton. The walk moves around the City of London to see the sights where Milton once lived and hear the poems he wrote there. The walk passes by St Paul's Cathedral to see where Milton went to school and takes in the London Wall and the Barbican before concluding at St Giles' Cripplegate where Milton is buried. It is the principal Milton "shrine" in London.
Lance regularly leads these walks for the London Walks company. Visit their site to discover dozens of wonderful walks around the capital. If you have a group who would like to go on any of these walks and have a specific date in mind contact Lance and arrange your own walk.