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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.

    On the 45 minute tour of the Globe, kids will find out more about Shakespeare's London and what it was like at a play. E.g. "Penny stinkers" were people who paid a penny and stood in the yard, a thousand people crushed together, with smelly unwashed bodies. Tip: Tour is best for older kids.
    Along with the tour, don't miss the exhibition, with costumes from recent productions and how characters were dressed for the plays.
    To see a play, your best bet is to take in an afternoon matinee at the Globe, here's the schedule. Tip: Benches are authentic hard wooden benches.
      Tip: Globe Theatre tour is included in the London Pass.
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  Golden Hinde II – Short walk from the Globe Theatre is the Golden Hinde II, a reconstruction of Sir Francis Drake's ship that he sailed around the world.
    Take a self-guided tour to explore the ship – Drake's cabin, gun deck with cannons, hold where food, water and treasure was stored, and take the wheel on the half deck.
    Look for the golden deer (hinde) figurehead on the bow, deer and lion's head on the stern (lion would keep away sea monsters).
    Borough Market Fun place for lunch is the Borough Market, founded in 1756. Food stalls have sandwiches, burgers (try the venison burger or wild boar hot dog), pasta, hot food like paella, fresh fruit juices, cheese, bread, traditional British pies and mash, sweets and cakes. Market is covered, so no problem in the rain, closed on Sunday.
    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 incuded in 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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Pop-Up Shakespeare
Jennie Maizel, The Reduced Shakespeare Co., Reed Martin, Austin Tichenor

Lift the flap and pop-up summaries of all Shakespeare's plays – comedies, histories, romances, best quotes, jokes, poems, fascinating facts about Shakespeare's life and work. (Pop-up book)

 

     

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

 

 
Tales from Shakespeare kids books
     
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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)

 

     
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)

 

 
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The Shakespeare Stealer  

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

 

     
King of Shadows
Susan Cooper

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

 

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