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'Shakespeare in the City Walk' - In Shakespeare's footsteps North of the Thames

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    What to Expect
    Want to hear about William Shakespeare's London life, and see little-known or hidden plaques, memorials, busts and statues?

    Then you MUST come on this fascinating two hour Shakespeare walking Tour, by researcher, and former professional actor, 

    Declan McHugh. 
    • We meet on Fridays at 11am outside the only exit at Blackfriars underground station (Circle and District lines).
    •  Declan immediately reveals a Shakespeare statue most people miss.
    • Next, the location of the original Blackfriars Theatre, and why you had to be rich to attend; plus how rich Shakespeare himself became.
    • The fragment remaining of the Blackfriars Monastery.
    • A lovely, hidden location connecting Shakespeare and King James.
    • The site of a Shakespeare house in London, and its fate. The play likely written here. 
    • Next, a church with a hidden sculpture of Shakespeare praying, and a very important document. The Researcher who makes Americans proud. Richard 111 and its connections to the area.
    • An extraordinary hidden totem pole made from a famous William Shakespeare speech. You would NEVER find this by yourself! Declan gives the entire speech.
    • Next, The College of Arms and the Shakespeare family's coat of arms. Why it came two months too late. Plus Ben Jonson's joke at Shakespeare's expense.
    • On to a plaque revealing Shakespeare's generosity, and the background to Shakespeare's two daughters and their very different fortunes.
    • To St Pauls and a breathtaking revelation about it. Shakespeare's best ever seller, plus his sonnets and a reasonable interpretation of his sexuality. Declan's favourite words by anyone EVER (clue: it's only 4 words and they are by William Shakespeare).
    • Next a section on Shakespeare's amazing vocabulary, and why it wasn't enough. 
    • The location of a pub he drank in and who else drank there. Plus a section on his religion and why he was lonely and reclusive. 
    • Up next, a bust of the man himself and the men who honoured him; which plays we would lack without them..
    • The location of Shakespeare's second house, and how Shakespeare made a marriage then regretted it.
    • Finally, at a church he knew, the two best known actors of his age, and the sad case of his brother Edmund.
    • Declan finishes with another complete and hauntingly beautiful speech from Shakespeare's last play .
    • Declan then walks to Barbican underground station if you want to join the underground system.
    • By the end of this magical tour you will know William Shakespeare, and his London, infinitely better! 
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    Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

    Absolutely brilliant, even in the rain, a mine of information. Absorbing and fascinating! Well presented. Would recommend.

    Date of experience: July 2019
    Thank JohnC6650
    Declan M, Owner at Shakespeare In The City Walk, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

    Thank you SO much, John. Declan

    Reviewed July 13, 2019

    I am revisiting Shakespeare as a retirement "project". Declan's tour was very informative and interesting. He has certainly done his research and I am looking forward to his book (he had better hurry though!). His tour does not cover the Southbank (Globe)which I have visited...More

    Date of experience: July 2019
    Thank AdrianOgley
    Declan M, Owner at Shakespeare In The City Walk, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

    Thanks for this generous review, Adrian, and I love the last line. I enjoyed our chats between stops on the Tour too...... Declan

    Reviewed June 23, 2019

    We were in the British Isles for 18 days and took lots of tours. This was one of our two favorites. Declan really knows his stuff (he mentioned some things my husband, an English professor, didn't know). He took us to a number of places...More

    Date of experience: June 2019
    Thank gracie92110
    Declan M, Owner at Shakespeare In The City Walk, responded to this reviewResponded June 26, 2019

    I remember you both well - pleasant people, plus a very generous tip! Very interesting words by husband about Othello V Hamlet....Thanks so much for the 5-star review. Deeply appreciated. Declan

    Reviewed June 23, 2019

    Declan was informative theatrical and good fun. We loved our tour of Shakespeare's jaunts and hidden London in general. I would have done this year's ago if I knew this existed.

    Date of experience: June 2019
    Thank Gmlenden
    Declan M, Owner at Shakespeare In The City Walk, responded to this reviewResponded June 26, 2019

    So kind! Thanks so much.... Declan

    Reviewed May 10, 2019

    My husband Alan and I purchased this walk through Virgin Experience Days. We met Declan at Blackfriars station this morning (10th May) and commenced the walk in the company of a lovely couple, Ruth and her father Stef. Declan took us to some hidden places,...More

    Date of experience: May 2019
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    Declan M, Owner at Shakespeare In The City Walk, responded to this reviewResponded June 26, 2019

    You are very welcome, Margaret. Everyone bonded so well, as you say. Declan

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