Shakespeare’s London: A Private Tour of The Bard’s Life in LondonPrivate Tour

Experience Elizabethan London on this walking tour of all the locations we know inspired William Shakespeare, and where he lived and worked.
This experience is on request only. Please contact us for pricing.

Things to know

Duration:

2 hrs 30 mins

Suitable for:

Culture Vulture, Family, Friends, History Buffs

Private Tour:

You and our own professional guide. 100% exclusive

Transport Mode:

Walking tour: no transportation is included

Tickets:

No tickets are required

Other inclusions:

Gratuities  are optional but not included
Food and drink are not included
Meeting points: The Cockpit Pub, 7 St Andrew’s Hill, Blackfriars, EC4V 5BY

What makes this tour special

Journey back in time to the 16th Century and wander through the streets of Shakespeare’s London. See where he lived and worked, as your guide brings to life the myths and legends about the most famous playwright of all time and the exciting hubbub that was Elizabethan London. On your private tour you will: 


Shakespeare is the world’s best-known playwright, but little is truly known about his life. This tour will weave together what we know of his childhood and family life in Stratford-on-Avon, where lived his wife, Anne and three children Suzanne, Hamnet, and Judith – and the places we know he lived, loved, worked, ate, drank, acted, wrote, schmoozed with the nobles, and got into various rowdy pub brawls, in London. 

Little remains of Elizabethan London, thanks to the Great Fire of London in 1666 and the Blitz of World War 2. However, there are traces and glimpses all over London that offer the life of Shakespeare up to our imaginations – and it is down these memory lanes you’ll wander with your expert guide. 

London in Shakespeare’s day was home to about 100,000 people – including a huge cross-section of society: royalty and nobility, merchants – both English and European, drawn by the booming economy – and skilled artisans, labourers, servants, actors, beggars, thieves, publicans, dressmakers and spies. It was an international melting pot, welcoming many merchants and refugees who had escaped religious persecution on the continent. 

It was in this heady atmosphere that Shakespeare lived from about 1590 until just before his death in 1613. He wrote nearly 40 plays and 154 sonnets in London, where he performed at Blackfriars, the Rose, and of course the Globe theatres. Not only was he an actor and writer, but he became a businessman too as part-owner of a troupe of actors, the Lord Chamberlain’s Men, and part-owner of the now-iconic Globe, where your tour of Shakespeare’s London will end, after exploring the lanes and streets and locations where he himself walked 500 years ago. Despite the many changes London has gone through, his spirit lives on in these streets... after all, he was not for an age, but for all time. 

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FAQ

QWill there be other people on the tour or is it just us?
AAll of our tours are 100% private and exclusive, which means that it will just be you, your group and your guide on the tour.
Your tour will be completely tailored to your needs and we will make sure to find a guide that best suits your group.
QAre entrance tickets and transport included in the cost of the tour?
AIn the ‘Things to Know’ section at the top of this page you will find details of whatever entrance tickets and transport are included in the tour. If you have any questions about this, then you can either use the chat button in the bottom right hand corner, send an email to or call 1-212-710-1322 (US) or +44 20 3009 2392 (UK).
QWhat is your cancellation policy?
AOn tours cancelled more than 48 hours before the scheduled departure time, we are happy to offer our customers a full refund - minus a 5% credit card fee and the cost of any tickets that have been purchased.
For tours cancelled less than 48 hours before the scheduled departure time, we are unfortunately unable to offer refunds. If you would like to reschedule a tour, this is usually possible if we are given enough notice, but we cannot guarantee the same guide.
Changes made to bookings may be subject to rebooking fees to cover the cost of tickets purchased, transport, guide rescheduling and administration.
To cancel or change your booking, please contact us at or call 1-212-710-1322 (US) or +44 20 3009 2392 (UK).
QWho do I contact if I have any questions about this tour or if I want to make changes to my tour?
AAt Travel Curious, we provide a free concierge service to help you plan your time abroad and they will be able to answer any questions you may have about this tour or any other tours. We are normally able to customise or personalise tours to suit your needs.
Please do get in touch by either using the chat button in the bottom right hand corner, sending an email to or calling 1-212-710-1322 (US) or +44 20 3009 2392 (UK).
QAm I able to book more than one tour?
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