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To coincide with English Tourism Week the City of London is celebrating all things literary. Join us on a guided walking tour, follow a self-guided walk, take in a play or see a copy of Shakespeare’s First Folio.

Plays, talks and exhibitions

Balm in Gilead - 25, 27, 28, 29 March

See Lanford Wilson’s critically-acclaimed play which follows the dispossessed and disenfranchised, junkies, hookers, johns and cons in the seedy Broadway of 1960s New York.


The Good Person of Szechwan - 25 March

The story of one charitable woman and her will to do good, this contemporary telling of Brecht’s play explores whether goodness is possible in an exploitative capitalist world.


Books: Used and Abused - From 27 March

Uncover what a book can tell us from the way it’s been used, marked, mutilated, sold or bound in this new exhibition. ncover what a book can tell us from the way it’s been used, marked, mutilated, sold or bound in this new exhibition.


Shakespeare’s First Folio - 27 - 31 March

A rare opportunity to see a copy of the First Folio, the first collected edition of Shakespeare’s plays (1623).


What Books Can Tell Us, Exhibition Late View - 30 March

Enjoy a late view of exhibition Books: Used and Abused, and join David Pearson, author of Books as History, as he explores the exhibition’s themes further.


 

Guided Walking Tours

Bullsh!t London’s Shakespeare Walk - 28, 30 March, 1 April

Experience Shakespeare’s London on this tour that features fantastical gibberish of the highest order.

  • When 3pm
  • Admission FREE
  • Where City Information Centre, St Paul's Churchyard
  • Booking not required, just meet at the City Information Centre

Keats in the City Walk - 25 March

Follow in the footsteps of John Keats, the radical medical student, and discover the London haunts of this ‘Cockney Poet’.


Charles Dickens Walk - 25, 28 March, 1 April

Join a City of London Guide and see the crowded streets and secret backwaters where Dickens’ novels and life were played out.

  • When Tues 11am, Sat 2pm
  • Admission £7
  • Where City Information Centre, St Paul's Churchyard
  • Booking not required, just meet at the City Information Centre

 

Free City Guides Walks

Diarists, Poets and Literary Bankers 26 March, 11am

See the site of Samuel Pepys’ Alma Mater, pause to remember the great literary figures associated with St Paul’s Cathedral, visit the church where John Betjeman was church warden, linger outside Guildhall where the annual Man Booker Prize celebrates the cream of the literary world and be surprised at the identity of the literary bankers who graced the interior of the Bank of England and Lloyds Bank.


English in the City - 29 March, 2pm

English is spoken and used by 2 billion people worldwide. We examine how much of the DNA of English we can find within the Square Mile. We look at the contribution of the different authors and poets who lived and worked in the City. Short readings will take place during the tour.


TS Eliot – The Waste Land - 2 April, 10.30am

The famous poem is explored whilst walking the streets of the City of London. The walk seeks out the places that inspired the poet to show the 'architecture' of the Unreal City. Read of parts of the poem in the streets names and places in the Square Mile familiar to T S Eliot. Insight and explanation of the poem will be offered, as well as from visiting historic sites with literary connections.


 

Self-Guided Walks

Shakespeare’s London

Uncover Shakespeare's the fascinating life and work in the City.

Dickens’s ‘Magic Lantern’

Explore the story of Dickens and his life in the City.

Pick-up a FREE map from the City Information Centre​​

Published:
07 March 2017
Last Modified:
20 March 2017

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