William Shakespeare lodged here for several years after 1604 during the early part of the reign of James I.

Indeed, we now know that Shakespeare lived in a number of locations when he stayed in London, both north and south of the river. However, surviving documentary evidence only allows us to be sure about a few of his residences in terms of their exact locations. Silver Street is certainly one of these locations.

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Portrait of William Shakespeare (Courtesy of the National Portrait Gallery)

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From St Paul’s Underground Station walk along Cheapside, turn left into Foster Lane, walk past the Goldmiths' Hall into Noble Street, and at the junction with London Wall note the old site of St Olave’s, Silver Street. Now turn right into London Wall. Shakespeare lodged in a house at the corner of Silver Street and Monkswell Street (all now disappeared) situated on the southern side of London Wall, just west of the large building that is 125 London Wall.

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