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A Guide To Planning Your Visit To London.

Plan your visit well in advance, don’t just turn up at an attraction thinking you will not have to wait for hours queuing up. I cannot emphasize enough the need to buy your tickets online before your visit to save you much valuable time on the day of your outing and fast track your way in!

Make sure you have suitable clothing for the right time of year. Try to take some kind of rainwear/umbrella at all times to save getting caught out.

Wear comfortable footwear as you will be walking several miles without realising it with so much to see and do.

Plan a couple of refreshment breaks and if you are taking your own snacks make sure you have mapped out some parks or gardens to enjoy them in.

Make the most of museums as they are mostly free of charge except for some special exhibitions.

Days Out in April

Celebrate Shakespeare's 450th birthday

Monday 21 April
12 noon – 5.00pm (last admission 4.30pm)

Free open day for all of the family to celebrate Shakespeare's 450th birthday.

To celebrate Shakespeare’s 450th birthday we invite you to join our free family open day, packed with fun activities, performances and special ticket offers.

Shakespeare’s Birthday is a great way to introduce children to the Globe and Shakespeare, or simply to visit us in party mode.

Following the theme of a traditional birthday party activities throughout the day include: a bouncy castle, face painting, Pin the Ruff on the Bard, cake decorating, pass the parcel, stilt performers, balloon animals, Punch and Judy shows and more. This is also an opportunity to visit the biggest exhibition dedicated to Shakespeare’s London, for free. (Normal adult price £13.50)

The event culminates with performances on the stage. We welcome back improvisational geniuses School of Night where “everything is created on the spur of the moment according to ideas and suggestions proffered by the audience.” There will also be scenes from Shakespeare performed and traditional balloon modellers. Is it your birthday on 21 April? Let us know and you might end up on the stage too.


From 21-27 April all yard (standing) tickets for performances throughout April will be available for a reduced price of 450 pence (normal price £5). This celebratory offer is available in person or over the telephone. Please quote ‘Birthday offer’ (subject to availability).

Box Office : 0207 401 9919
Monday 21 April
12 noon – 5.00pm (last admission 4.30pm)

21st April - Queen's Birthday gun salutes, London & Windsor

The Queen's real birthday is on 21 April (she also has an "official" birthday in June which is marked by the Trooping the Colour ceremony: Ideas/Album/TroopingTheColour). She was born in 1926.

It is traditional for soldiers to fire cannons to celebrate royal birthdays or other national events. Gun salutes are not fired on Sundays, so if the date falls on a Sunday the salute will take place the next day. Cannons will be fired in the following locations:

  • A 41-gun salute at 12 noon fired by the King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery in Hyde Park, London
  • A 62-gun salute at 1pm fired by the Honourable Artillery Company at the Tower of London (from the gunpark at the western end of London Wharf; nearest Tube: Tower Hill). Guns have been fired from this location since the time of Henry the Eighth
  • A 21-gun salute at 12 noon at The Long Walk in the grounds of Windsor Castle, Windsor (near the Brook Street entrance

  • 23rd April - St George's Day, Knowledge of London’s 10th Birthday and Shakespeare’s 450 Birthday

    Saint George is the Patron Saint of England. It is believed that he lived in Palestine in the time of the Roman Empire. He was imprisoned and killed after protesting against the persecution of Christians by the Romans. A legend was later created about St George - it is said that he saved a village and rescued its princess by killing a dragon.

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    Pollock's Toy Museum

    1 Scala Street
    London W1T 2HL
    tel 020 7636 3452
    email: info@pollockstoymuseum.com

    Opening Hours Monday to Saturday 10 am – 5 pm Last entry to museum 4.30pm Closed Bank Holidays

    Pollocks Toy Museum takes its name from Benjamin Pollock, the last of the Victorian Toy Theatre printers. Set up by Marguerite Fawdry who bought up the stock of Benjamin Pollock Ltd., after trying to buy one small item for her son’s toy theatre. Originally at Monmouth Street, near Covent Garden, the present museum has been at Scala Street since 1969.

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