Guided tour

London: Shakespeare's Globe Guided Tour and Afternoon Tea

4.6 / 5

23 reviews

London: Shakespeare's Globe Guided Tour and Afternoon Tea

From US$ 68.28 per person

Discover the workings of Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre during an informative guided tour of the auditorium. Enjoy an enchanting afternoon tea at the "Swan at the Globe", with a theatrical twist and stunning views of London.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
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Duration 2 hours
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Live tour guide
English
Wheelchair accessible

Experience

Highlights
  • Be introduced to the world-famous Globe Theatre and life in Shakespeare's London
  • Discover how shows were produced in Shakespeare's time and how the space is used today
  • Learn how the open-air theatre was constructed using traditional techniques
  • Enjoy a Shakespeare-themed afternoon tea served at Swan at the Globe
  • Admire views of St Paul's Cathedral and the River Thames
Full description
Step inside this faithful recreation of William Shakespeare’s iconic Globe Theatre. Imagine it as it would have been at the center of London’s notorious Bankside entertainment district. Throughout the year, expert guides bring this extraordinary open-air theatre to life on a 50-minute guided tour, with colorful stories of the 1599 Globe, the reconstruction process in the 1990s, and how the building works today as an imaginative and experimental theater space. Take a seat ‘within this wooden O,’ then listen, absorb, and ask questions as the secrets of the Globe unfold. Following your tour, eat your way through the twists and turns of Shakespeare’s best-loved plays with an enchanting afternoon tea at Swan at the Globe, the theatre's on-site bar and restaurant. This exquisite experience puts a theatrical twist on afternoon tea, with plays such as ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ and ‘Romeo and Juliet’ serving as inspiration. Tea is served in the Swan’s beautiful dining room which overlooks St. Paul’s Cathedral, the bustling Bankside, and the majestic River Thames. Take in the stunning views of London whilst enjoying a selection of finger sandwiches, warm scones, and sweet delicacies. Try themed fancies with names such as Oberon’s Contempt, Bittersweet Lips, and Here in Heaven, displayed in tiered stands and served on beautiful bespoke crockery decorated with illustrations inspired by the plays. This is an immersive Shakespearean experience not to be missed.
Includes
  • 50-minute guided tour (visit length including afternoon tea: 2 hours)
  • Guided tour language sheets available in French, German, Spanish, Italian, Russian, Japanese, and Simplified Chinese
  • Shakespearean-themed afternoon tea served at Swan at the Globe Restaurant
  • Theatre show tickets
Covid-19 precautions

You must book this activity online because the ticket office is closed

Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

• Visitors need to arrive at the entrance of the Groundling Gates on Bankside, (SE1 9DT, opposite the river) where a staff member will greet them, at an outdoor information pod. • Afternoon Tea is served at the Swan Restaurant, which can be accessed via the Swan entrance on New Globe Walk or via the Globe’s Main Foyer.

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Important information

Not allowed

  • Luggage or large bags
  • Video recording

Know before you go

  • As the Globe is a working theatre, tour times vary due to performance schedules or sometimes take place during rehearsals (giving you an exclusive look at the rehearsal process!)
  • Guided tours take place in all weathers
  • There is no dress code, but wear appropriate clothing and footwear as the tours take place outdoors. There is also no dress code for the afternoon tea
  • The Gift Shop can be accessed via the main entrance and is open to the public all day (no ticket required)
  • For further information on guided tour times or to book performances in either the Globe Theatre or Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, please call 0044 (0)20 7401 9919
  • Swan at the Globe can accommodate vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free diets for the afternoon tea. They will also do their best to accommodate other special diets, but cannot guarantee to do so
  • Swan at the Globe the theatres bar and restaurant is located on-site
  • Afternoon tea is served from 1:00 PM Tuesday to Saturday and from 12:00 PM on Sundays
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.6 /5

based on 23 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    5/5
  • Value for money
    4.4/5
  • Service
    4.8/5
  • Organization
    4/5

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Great venue! Organistation needs streamlining

The tour as such was fantastic, we had a superb guide (a Welshman). The exhibition is overloaded and difficult to follow, even using the audioguide. Organisational weaknesses: the get-your-guide platform directed us to a free tour slot at 14:00. The voucher received afterwards stated 10:45 as meeting time for the tour at 11:00, and 14:00-15:00 as timing for the Afternoon Tea. I wrote a mail to the Globe with a polite request for clarification. The day before the event a nice lady called me that the final meeting time is 11:45 for 12:00. Moreover we were informed that there will be places for us for the Afternoon Tea at the bar of the restaurant, not at a table which was a pity and influenced the overall atmosphere. Too many unclarities and improvisation!

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November 26, 2018

A very worthwhile experience.

Thoroughly enjoyable. Feel there should be more thought into meeting up for the tour as that was a little haphazard. With so many people around, visitors need clear and concise directions (thus avoiding the constant questions that employees must get tired of fielding). With the afternoon tea, the procedure there was a little hit and miss. Exactly how to go about getting in for that likewise needs more detail. Otherwise, very happy.

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June 9, 2017

A thoroughly enjoyable experience. High tea was outstanding!

After some confusion regarding a place in the tour - arrive very, very early as spots are contested??? We had a wonderful experience. The tour was very interesting and informative and we couldn't wait to see the production (which was brilliant!) But first, afternoon tea... what a wonderful surprise. It exceeded expectation and was extremely delicious and lots of fun. I can't wait for another chance to visit London so I can do it all again. Highly recommended.

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July 11, 2016

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