Last week (as I mentioned in my Six Word Saturday) I went to Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in London. It was my first visit, and I have no idea why I have never been there before – I will definitely try and get there more often! I went with two friends who were on a recce trip for a school outing in a few weeks when they are taking 60 children, plus a lot of accompanying adults, via public transport for a quick visit to the Tate Modern followed by a workshop and short performance at The Globe.
We travelled the planned route (on the Underground) with one change of train, arriving at Waterloo station. We worked out the best route to take the children onto Waterloo Bridge so that they could look along the Thames at all the magnificent buildings. The bridge was unusually quiet and I just managed to take this picture before a big, red, double decker bus appeared from the right!
It was a bit of a grey day, so the view was not as magnificent as usual, but we could see the Hungerford Bridge with the Houses of Parliament and the London Eye beyond it.
I forgot to take a picture in the other direction, but this is what we saw –
After admiring the views for a while we made our way along the South Bank to the Tate Modern, checked out what the children would be doing on their visit and then walked further along towards The Globe.
For some reason I was really surprised at how busy it was (silly me). In particular there were a lot of French school parties – mainly teenagers but some who looked about 10 or 11 years old.
We went to the Information Desk inside the theatre to check up on where the school trip should assemble and, while we were there, we heard someone in the Ticket queue returning some tickets for that afternoon’s matinee of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Quickly, we joined the ticket queue and got the tickets! We had previously tried to book them, but it was sold out, so this was a bit of a result!
The business of the school trip concluded, tickets clutched in our excited hands, we went into The Swan (the restaurant on the same site as the theatre) and had a delicious lunch.
In the next post we go inside the Globe.