An urban adventure awaits you in London, one of the largest and most fascinating cities in Europe that almost nine million people call home. Our program offers you hands-on literary education in this iconic city—think: The Globe Theater, Platform 9 ¾ and Poet’s Corner in Westminster Abbey. The goal of our program is to help you explore contemporary London and gain a deeper knowledge of English literature, including the central importance of the authors and poets. Explore English literary sites, manuscripts, and monuments.
The Globe Theater
Shakespeare’s Globe is a world-renowned performing arts venue, cultural attraction and education centre located on the bank of the River Thames in London, UK. It celebrate Shakespeare’s transformative impact on the world by conducting a radical theatrical experiment.
Platform 9 ¾
Have you ever wanted to have a go at running at the wall to get on to Platform 93/4, just like Harry Potter does in the film series? Well now you can, with the trolley photo opportunity. Have your photograph professionally taken with your chosen house scarf and wand and do your best running at the wall pose.
Poet’s Corner in Westminster Abbey
Poets’ Corner is a place of pilgrimage for literature lovers. The name was traditionally given to a section of the South Transept of Westminster Abbey because of the high number of poets, playwrights, and writers buried and commemorated there. The first poet interred in Poets' Corner was Geoffrey Chaucer.
Sherlock Holmes Museum
The Sherlock Holmes Museum is a privately run museum in London, England, dedicated to the famous fictional detective Sherlock Holmes. It is the world's first museum dedicated to the literary character Sherlock Holmes.
The British Museum
The British Museum, in the Bloomsbury area of London, United Kingdom, is a public institution dedicated to human history, art and culture. Its permanent collection of some eight million works is among the largest and most comprehensive in existence, having been widely sourced during the era of the British Empire
ENGL 4991/4993: Literary London
Travel Dates: May 28, 2022 - June 11, 2022
Literary London 2022 Tentative Itinerary **the days/dates of site visits may change due to ticket availability, bad weather days, etc.**
- May 28: travel day Little Rock (LIT) to London (LHR) Thursday
- May 29: Regents Park tour of Regents University, tour of Regents park Friday
- May 30: East London Tower of London, Tower Bridge Saturday
- May 31: The City St. Paul’s Cathedral, Museum of London Sunday
- June 1: Bloomsbury British Museum, Platform 9 ¾ Monday
- June 2: Bloomsbury British Library, Charles Dickens Museum Tuesday
- June 3: South Bank Shakespeare’s Globe (tour & play), Southwark Cathedral, Tabard Inn Wednesday
- June 4: Excursion Day: Stratford-Upon-Avon Shakespeare’s Birthplace Trust Thursday
- June 5: Excursion Day: Canterbury Canterbury Cathedral (archives tour), Canterbury Tales Visitor Attraction Friday
- June 6: Hampstead Keats’ House, Highgate Cemetery Saturday
- June 7: Chelsea/Knightsbridge Tate Britain, Tate Modern Sunday
- June 8: Kensington/South Kensington Victoria & Albert Museum Monday
- June 9: Trafalgar Square and Soho Sherlock Holmes Museum, National Gallery, Piccadilly Circus, Ghost Tour Tuesday
- June 10: Westminster Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey, Houses of Parliament Wednesday
- June 11: Travel Day London (LHR) to Little Rock (LIT)
- Light/Moderate: Activities may include city walking tours, easy/short hikes, museum and other site visits as well as an occasional physical activity such as snorkeling, hiking, or kayaking.
Dr. Mary Sharpe, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of English
Dr. Anita Taylor, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of English