Shakespeare’s Globe

Shakespeare’s Globe

Shakespeare’s Globe is a world-renowned performing arts venue, cultural attraction and education centre. Home to the Globe Theatre and Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, both celebrate William Shakespeare’s transformative impact on the world by conducting a radical theatrical experiment.

The open air playhouse is a faithful reconstruction of the original theatre which famously burned down during a performance of the play Henry VIII in 1613. Its summer season runs from April to October, with standing tickets available from £5. The winter season moves to the indoor Jacobean theatre setting from November to March; however visitors can book guided tours all year round.

Shakespeare’s Globe

The Rose Playhouse

The world’s a stage, and this was his first. It’s 1587, Bankside is a bear-pit of debauchery and Philip Henslowe has a dream with a thatch roof. The Rose Playhouse is built and Shakespeare, Marlowe, Dekker & co have a place to perform their work. Zoom 401 years forward and ruins are found along with a hazelnut floor (‘topic’ for discussion, no doubt). Rose gives birth to The Globe, while doing the dirty work.

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Cervantes Theatre

The Cervantes Theatre in Old Union Yard Arches is the proud creation of the Spanish Theatre Company (STC), a charity which aims to bring the best Spanish and Latin American culture to London and to British audiences. The Cervantes Theatre is London’s first venue dedicated to showcasing Spanish and Latin American plays, performed both in Spanish and in English, and produced by the STC itself or other theatre companies. Productions include Golden Age classics, as well as modern and contemporary masterpieces.

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Union Theatre

The Union Theatre is an award-winning off-West End theatre known for it’s fringe theatre programme, including small musical productions and cabaret nights. The theatre has been in Bankside since 1998 but moved to its current location in Old Union Yard Arches in 2016. Visitors can enjoy a drink or a bite to eat at the adjoining Over The Road Cafe before sitting down to watch a performance.

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Menier Chocolate Factory

The Menier Chocolate Factory is an off-West End theatre located on Southwark Street and comprises a theatre, restaurant, bar, and rehearsal space. Hailed by the Evening Standard as being “one of the most dynamic fringe venues in London”, the Menier Chocolate Factory stages plays, and musicals, and hosts live music as well as stand-up comedy.

As the name suggests, the theatre is located in a former chocolate factory built in 1870 and many of the original features can be seen while enjoying a performance.

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Central School of Ballet

We’re all dancers. You, me, him, her, them, they, us We just need cajoling and this is cajole super central.


You can study, train & learn ballet in all its forms from 4-94yrs old. Stick your nose or toes in, and out. Master the art of breathing on one leg. Let a choreographer take your hips for a walk.


For local residents Neighbourhood Classes are available for heavenly discounted rates. The giddy mix of neighbours means you’re never alone.



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London College of Contemporary Music (LCCM)

Music makes the world go round. And this baby is the epicentre. The Music Box is London College of Contemporary Music’s multi-story, purpose-built campus (that looks like 70s speakers), where future artists learn who they are and the music they want to make. Beyonce’s dad Matthew runs a scholarship here. Goodbye Le Conservatoire. Hello Bankside’s very own talent factory.

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