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  Golden Hinde II – Step onto the Golden Hinde II, a reconstruction of Sir Francis Drake's ship he sailed around the world.
    Take a self-guided tour to explore the ship – Drake's cabin with comfy, gun deck with cannons, spiffy dining cabin where Drake entertained captured Spanish captains, hold where food, water and treasure was stored, and take the wheel on the half deck.
    Read our blog post: "Sail with Sir Francis Drake - Golden Hinde in London" for details about the ship and Drake's historic voyage.
Globe Theater

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. Tip: Benches are authentic hard wooden benches.
      Tip: Globe Theatre tour is included in the London Pass.
    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.
kids books globe theater shakespeare london
pop-up shakespeare  
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)


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)


easy reader kids shakespeare london Stage Fright on a Summer Night
king of shadows  
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)


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