- ISBN 9780500251508
- 19.90 x 13.50 cm
- 82 Illustrations, 16 in colour
- First published 2009
‘A lively, elegantly illustrated and illuminating guide … it’s time travel and it’s fun ’ – The Times
‘A light-hearted and novel way to revisit the London of Shakespeare’s day from a safe distance … a lively guide’ – Times Literary Supplement
‘An amazing little book that will become indispensable to students of Elizabethan and Stuart history as well as to those studying Shakespeare’s plays’ – Contemporary Review
'A joy to read, and to look at … full of delights and packed with detail. Public, academic and college libraries should stock this book, both for the pleasure of their users and to provide them with a slightly unusual way of researching the London of Shakespeare's time' - Reference Reviews
This fact-packed guide provides all the practical advice a tourist needs to travel back four centuries to explore the booming city of London.
London is big and can be baffling, but don’t worry if you don’t know a buskin from a firkin. This is the book to put you right – how to read up in advance, how to get there, settle in and keep safe on the streets, how to meet the people and find out the famous.
Saunter over London Bridge with its dozens of shops and houses. Wonder at Whitehall, Europe’s largest palace. Revere the tombs of kings in Westminster Abbey. Tour the Tower of London – an archive, armoury, mint, menagerie, prison and jewel house all in one building. Watch the finest plays and players at the Rose Theatre and marvel at the bustle of business in the Royal Exchange. Go down to Greenwich to stand on the deck of the Golden Hind, the ship that sailed round the world.
London is the magnet for the talents of a nation stirring to greatness. Shakespeare bestrides the stage. At Elizabeth’s dazzling court Ralegh and Essex are rivals for her favour. From the shadows Dr Dee, mathematician and magician, proffers secret counsel to
Richard Tames lectures on London’s history for the Institute of Tourist Guiding, which trains the city’s prestigious ‘Blue Badge’ guides. He is the author of twenty books on London, including London: A Cultural History, A Traveller’s History of London, Political London, Theatrical London and Sporting London.