Built in 1599, a turbulent past saw the Globe destroyed by fire in 1613, rebuilt on the same site a year later, and then demolished by Puritans in 1642 who feared the theatre was an un-godly place that lured people away from the church.
Rebuilt and reopened in 1997 approximately 230 metres from the original site is the Globe that stands today, a project founded by the actor Sam Wanamaker, father to actress Zoe Wanamaker who played Madam Hooch in the Harry Potter films.
Get a sense of what inspired Shakespeare to write some of his most famous plays, and imagine what an Elizabethan theatre-going crowd would have been like. Raucous taverns selling ale and brothels would have lined the streets, and most theatre goers in the cheap standing tickets could be found in the ale houses prior to a show. A far cry from the civilised Shakespearean crowds we see today.
The tour will last 50 minutes with expert guides and storytellers colourfully setting the Elizabethan scene with live demonstrations, stage fighting, and a lesson on 17th century script printing.
Once you’ve finished your tour, you’re in the perfect place to find a bite to eat, visit the Tate Modern, or stroll along the river to The London Eye.
Why not add an Afternoon Tea after the tour?
Enjoy an enchanting traditional afternoon tea in London. Adding a theatrical twist to traditional afternoon tea, our Shakespeare inspired afternoon tea draws the lyricism of Shakespeare's great plays. 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 theatres onsite 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, a 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 and fancies with names such as Oberon’s Contempt, Bittersweet Lips and Here in Heaven from tiered stands and beautiful bespoke crockery decorated with illustrations inspired by the plays. This is an immersive Shakespearean experience not to be missed!
Click here to see sample afternoon tea menu
Festive Afternoon Tea 2022
From the 28th of November till the 30th of December 2022 a festive afternoon tea experience will be offered instead.
Guided Tours departs every hour.
May 2022 to August 2022
Monday: 10am- 4pm
Tuesday- Saturday: 10am -12pm
September to December 2022:
To be confirmed.
Guided Tours will be closed 23rd to 26th of December.
For groups of 15 people or more please contact our Groups Department (email@example.com) directly for a reduced rate.
The Globe is a working theatre so occasionally tours will not be able to take place due to rehearsals/performances/events that won’t be listed on this website.
There is no access to the theatre during matinee performances.
Guided Tours take place in all weathers.
There is no dress code for the tour or the afternoon tea, but we recommend visitors wear appropriate clothing and footwear as tours take place outdoors.
Address: Globe, 21 New Globe Walk, Bankside, London SE1 9DT
Nearest Train Station:
Blackfriars or London Bridge (10 minute walk)
Nearest Underground: Blackfriars, Mansion House, London Bridge (10 minute walk)
Southwark & St Paul’s (15 minute walk)
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A Shakespearean Afternoon Tea at Swan::
What's Included ?
A beautiful tiered traditional British afternoon tea served on bespoke crockery.
A selection of sandwiches, scones, clotted cream and jam and sweets, treats, pastries and other delicious bites.
A range of black, green, white and herbal teas for you to choose from.
Your afternoon tea experience will start one hour after the guided tour.
Tuesday to Saturday : Guided Tour at 12pm, Afternoon tea at 1pm
Sunday : Guided Tour at 11am, Afternoon tea at 12pm
23rd to 26th of December
31st of December
Step inside this faithful recreation of William Shakespeare’s iconic open-air Globe Theatre.
A guided tour inside the reconstructed theatre with traditional Elizabethan interior.
Expert guides will immerse you in Elizabethan drama.
Learn about the tumultuous history of the theatre.
A unique Shakespearean-themed afternoon tea experience, with ingredients sourced from local suppliers from the world-famous Borough Market, a short walk along the river..
Swan at the Globe’s riverside dining rooms boast spectacular views of the River Thames, St Paul’s Cathedral, and the City of London. .
Swan’s afternoon tea frequently features in editorial ‘top ten’ lists for afternoon tea in London..
Guided Tour of Shakespeare's Globe
Afternoon Tea at Swan at the Globe (if purchased)
Food or drinks (unless stated otherwise)