Tickets for Shakespeare's Globe: Guided Tour + A Midsummer Night's Dream Afternoon Tea

It doesn't get more English than afternoon tea at Shakespeare's Globe!

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Duration: Guided tour: 40 minutes. Total experience including the afternoon tea: 2 hours
Audio guide: English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, Russian, Spanish
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What's included

Access to the Shakespeare's Globe
40-minute guided tour in English
Guided tour language sheets available in French, German, Spanish, Italian, Russian, Japanese and Simplified Chinese
Live demonstrations throughout the day in the interpretation and demonstration space
Themed A Midsummer Night’s Dream Afternoon Tea served at the Swan Bar & Restaurant and Cafe of Shakespeare’s Globe
A glass of English Hush Heath Sparkling during the afternoon tea
  • Revel in the marvellous recreation of the Bard's theatre, along with its educational center and permanent exhibition
  • Enjoy a Midsummer Night's Dream themed afternoon tea with splendid views of the Thames and foods based on those eaten in the play!
  • Experience interactive, entertaining, and educational programs designed to extol Shakespeare in all of his incarnations

To tea or not to tea? That is the question! This 50-minute guided tour of Shakespeare’s Globe is particularly poetic when accompanied by that most English activity: an elegant afternoon tea with a A Midsummer Night’s Dream theme, featuring foods the characters eat in the play.

Shakespeare could take you to any time or place he wanted with just words - many of which he coined. So it's fitting that Shakespeare's Globe (built in 1599) is such a magnificent recreation of the theatre where his plays were first performed. Its faithful Tudor exterior and thatch roof (the only one in London) are preludes to the theatre itself, which has been reconstructed in authentic 16th-century detail.

Stepping inside is just like stepping back into the Elizabethan era. You’ll see how theatre was experienced in the 1600s - the standing area for the working-class groundlings (they literally stood on the ground) and the tiered, wooden seating for the monied members of society. From the colourful glory days to the reconstruction process that began in the 1990s, to how the building works today as an imaginative and experimental theatre space, your guide will reveal all.

Following your tour, tea is served in the Swan’s beautiful dining room which overlooks St. Paul’s Cathedral, a bustling Bankside and the majestic River Thames. Take in the stunning views of London whilst enjoying a selection of finger sandwiches, warm scones and sweet delicacies and fancies, with names such as Oberon’s Contempt, Bittersweet Lips and Here in Heaven from tiered stands. There's beautiful bespoke crockery too, decorated with illustrations inspired by the plays.

This is an immersive Shakespearean experience not to be missed!

Insider tip

All the world's a stage. Except for the tea room, that's just for tea.

General Counsel
  • Show your smartphone ticket at the entrance of the Groundling Gates on Bankside. Please arrive on time for you selected timeslot
  • You can enjoy your afternoon tea directly after the tour

Swan at the Globe can accommodate vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free diets for the afternoon tea and also do their best to accommodate other special diets, but cannot guarantee to do so.

Saturday 09:00 - 12:00
Sunday 09:00 - 11:00
Monday Closed
Tuesday 09:00 - 12:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 12:00
Thursday 09:00 - 12:00
Friday 09:00 - 12:00
Shakespeare's Globe Theatre
21,New Globe Walk, SE1 9DT, London
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