Prominently positioned overlooking the Thames in Bankside, this faithful recreation of the original 1599 theatre has been a
palpable hit with modern audiences. You'll find a tremendous variety of hotels near Shakespeare's Globe Theatre from which you can discover this lasting tribute to the Bard and much more.
Actor and director Sam Wanamaker's long-held desire to see the famous Elizabethan playhouse rebuilt from scratch in Southwark eventually bore fruit in 1997. Shakespeare's Globe Theatre opened four years after Wanamaker's death, and nearly 400 years after the original was finished.
Once inside it feels as if you've been transported back several centuries as you admire the tiered stalls that encircle the stage and the standing area reserved for groundlings. The theatre's museum is a great place to learn more about what it took to put on plays during Elizabethan times. No visit is complete without watching a play as Shakespeare intended it to be seen.
In Southwark you are perfectly placed to explore all that London has to offer. You'll enjoy wonderful views across the Thames of St Paul's Cathedral and the Tower of London, to name but two landmarks. A walk along the Southbank takes you past Tate Modern, Waterloo Bridge, the Queen Elizabeth Hall and the Southbank Centre before arriving at Jubilee Gardens where the London Eye looms overhead. Cross Westminster Bridge where Big Ben and the Palace of Westminster will dominate your view, and then head through Parliament Square to Horse Guards Parade and Downing Street. From here you can enjoy the expansive green spaces of St James' Park, Green Park and Hyde Park, taking the opportunity to visit Buckingham Palace along the way.
The George Inn on Borough High Street, Southwark, has been around since medieval times and was likely a haunt of Shakespeare's. It was rebuilt in 1677 following a fire that devastated much of Southwark. The George remains a marvellous historic location, with its wood-panelled interior being particularly notable – savour the ambience while you enjoy a coffee or ale and a bite to eat. Head over Blackfriars Bridge to Holborn and within half an hour you'll be at Ye Olde Mitre, a tavern hailing from 1547 that serves real ale and traditional bar food.
As well as the Globe you'll find other great theatres like the Old Vic and the National Theatre very close by. Clubs, big and small such as Ministry of Sound and Fabric, and live music venues including the Royal Festival Hall are within easy reach too.
Nearby there are shopping centres at Surrey Quays and Elephant & Castle. Brixton is definitely worth a visit for its vibrant market stalls. Camden, Soho and Carnaby Street each provide quirky alternatives to the world's busiest shopping street, Oxford Street, with its huge choice of well-known shops.
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