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Shakespeare's Globe Theatre (New Globe Walk Bankside) – A great way for kids to get a glimpse of Elizabethan London is to visit the Globe Theatre. Recently reconstructed, the theater is built with materials and techniques from that time period. Don't miss the costume exhibition, how characters are dressed for Shakespeare's plays.

    And to see a play, your best bet is to take in an afternoon matinee at the Globe, here's the schedule.
      Tip: Globe Theatre is free with the London Pass.
    Golden Hinde II – Next door to Shakespeare's Globe Theater is the Golden Hinde II, a glossy reconstruction of Sir Francis Drake's ship that he sailed around the world. Check out the cannons and see where the treasure was stored in the hold.
    Lots of different tours and events, here's the schedule.
    HMS Belfast The HMS Belfast is a World War II cruiser that took part in the Normandy landings. You can run around the entire ship, see inside the gun turrets and armaments rooms, and get a feel for life on board the war ship.
      Tip: HMS Belfast is free with the London Pass.
    Imperial War Museum (Lambeth) – The Imperial War Museum is filled with war souvenirs, such as a Spitfire, V2 Rocket, German submarine. One of the best exhibits is a recreation of a World War I trench on the front lines. The exhibit is very lifelike, with sound, lighting and "smell" effects. Also, don't miss the recreation of an air-raid shelter and "blitzed" out London street in World War II. Kids can squeeze into the bunks on a submarine, but it's a tight fit for adults.
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All the World's a Stage
Gretchen Woelfle, Thomas Cox

Young Kit goes to work at the Old Globe in Shakespeare's day, and discovers that staging a play is complicated. And even more difficult, the Old Globe has to be moved! An action packed adventure in Elizabethan London. (Chapter book)

 

     
A Shakespearean Theater
Jacqueline Morley, John James

Go into William Shakespeare's theater, the stage, audience, actors (all roles were played by men and boys), costumes and props, crises such as plague and fire, and performing for the queen. (Picture book)

 

 
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Tales from Shakespeare kids books  

Shakespeare's plays, presented in a picture-panel format, with detailed lively illustrations. The plays included are Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet, The Winter's Tale, Julius Caesar, A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Tempest. Super for younger kids, before you see a Shakespeare play. (Picture book)

And don't miss More Tales from Shakespeare

 

     
King of Shadows
Susan Cooper

A great read before you visit the Globe Theater. Present day, Nat Field is in London to act in a Shakespeare play, but suddenly find himself transported to the Old Globe 400 years ago. Ingenious plot that beautifully interweaves past and present. (Chapter book)

 

 
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easy reader kids shakespeare london Stage Fright on a Summer Night
 
Stage Fright on a Summer Night (Magic Tree House)
Mary Pope Osborne

Jack and Annie travel back to London in 1600 to find a special magic, and end up onstage as two fairies in Will Shakespeare's play. "Without wand, spell or charm, turn daytime into night." (Easy reader)

 

     

Widge, a young orphan, is sent by his new master to steal the script for Hamlet at the Old Globe. Instead, Widge joins the Lord Chamberlain's theater company. Action adventure, swords flashing at the Old Globe. (Chapter book)

 

 
The Shakespeare Stealer
     
kids books london old globe William Shakespeare: His Life and Time  
William Shakespeare: His Life and Times
Kristen McDermott, Ari Berk

Step into Shakpeare's world – inside are Shakespeare's own letters, play bills, diagram of the Globe theatre, colorful drawings, maps, and more. Like a long lost scrapbook, open the life and times of 16th century London. Good for older kids. (Activity book)

 

(More children's books on other London and England pages)
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