London Literary Field Trip

As an aside to the symposium we are holding a guided field trip of some of London's literary landmarks on Friday 27th April. Attendees and their friends are welcome to join in for some or all of the day. All elements are optional, but to get discounted tickets on paid parts (Dickens Museum, Shakespeare's Globe theatre) you need to register in advance.

The schedule for the day is:
11:00 British Library Treasures exhibition (free)
13:00 Dickens Museum (£7) + lunch (pay yourself)
15:00 Cecil Court antiquarian bookshops (free)
18:00 Dinner (pay yourself)
19:30 Shakespeare's Globe - Hamlet (£42 for a premium reserved seat or book your own seat)

Note that tickets for Hamlet at The Globe are extremely limited and are first come first served. If you want to book your own then you can do so on The Globe's web-site, with standing tickets at £5 and seated from £22, but these are likely to run out quickly! The group tickets available here are in section E of the stalls - some of the best seats in the house.

To take part in any part of the day please use our registration form. We'll be in touch to arrange payment if taking part in paid elements. E-mail if you have any questions.

Some details of the tour:

The British Library Treasures exhibition: A unique collection of some of the most valuable documents from history, including hand-written works of Shakespeare, Lovelace, Dickens and Austen, as well as hugely important historical documents such as the Magna Carta and the Gutenberg Bible.

The Dickens Museum: Explore the original house of Charles Dickens in the centre of London, where he wrote Oliver Twist and The Pickwick Papers. Visit Dickens' study, see his hand-written drafts and explore this old and intimate Victorian family home. It also houses a lovely cafe where we'll stop for lunch.

The bookshops of Cecil Court: This is a book-lover's paradise, where you can poke around old bookshops and find early editions of famous books going back hundreds of years. Also closeby are the historical Foyle's bookstore, and the largest bookstore in Europe, Waterstone's Piccadilly.

Shakespeare's Globe theatre: A fantastic reconstruction of the Globe Theatre, a 1599 Elizabethan playhouse associated with William Shakespeare. This faithful timber building reproduces conditions of the original threatre. We'll be attending a showing of Hamlet, with some excellent stall seats available for those that reserve quick. If our bookings run out or you want cheaper tickets (standing is only £5) then you can book directly with The Globe.

Note that the tour will involve walking between sites and sensible footwear is advised. Alternative transport information will be provided for those that need it.