As the world remembers one of history’s most influential writers, London celebrates Shakespeare’s legacy. We’ve picked out the best Bard-themed happenings in town. 

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Shakespeare 400 cocktails at The Distillery bar

Built on the site of Stevenson & Howell’s Standard Works, a renowned essence factory in 1800s, The Distillery pays homage to its heritage by incorporating homemade aromatics, infusions and bitters with its cocktails. Located only a stones-throw away from Shakespeare’s Globe theatre in the newly launched Hilton Bankside hotel, The Distillery expert mixologists have conjured up a special Romeo & Juliet cocktail list to celebrate the 400th anniversary of England’s greatest playwright’s death.  Priced at 6 each or 16 for a cocktail flight, the cocktails are served on their very own stage with a nod to the nearby Globe theatre and are inspired by lines from the famous love story.  Please visit the website for further information here: http://www.thedistillerybankside.co.uk/whats-on

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Midsummer Night’s Dreaming at Café Royal

Set in the heart of London’s theatreland Café Royal has always been a ‘go-to’ for thespians and stage lovers alike. To celebrate the 400th anniversary of the playwright’s death, Café Royal has curated a truly special Shakespearean experience, staying in the deeply comfortable Grade II listed Tudor Suite. In addition to an overnight stay in the Tudor Suite and a decadent three-course dinner at Café Royal’s Ten Room, guests will receive tickets to Henry V at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, only a short drive from the hotel. Café Royal guests will have the best seats in the house for the star-studded production. After an evening of high drama and excitement guests can make their way back to the hotel for a post-theatre Shakespeare cocktail in the decadent Green Bar.  Available from 17 June 2016 – 09 July 2016. For hotel reservations please contact the team directly on +44 (0)207 406 3322 or via email reservations@hotelcaferoyal.com

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 Bank Holidays with Shakespeare at the Great Northern Hotel, London

The Great Northern Hotel  is firmly entwined with the areas heritage of the arts and design, and works closely with the nearby British Library to create special experiences for its guests. To celebrate the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death the hotel are offering guests, staying on either May bank holidays this year, a 20% discount on rooms and complimentary tickets to Shakespeare in Ten Acts exhibition. Showcasing over 200 unique and rare items, such as the only surviving play-script in Shakespeare’s hand, an authentic Shakespeare signature, the earliest printed edition of Hamlet from 1603 and Shakespeare’s First Folio the exhibition gives a visitors a rare glimpse into Shakespeare’s world.  The May Bank Holiday offer is available from 29th April – 2nd May and 29th May – 5th June 2016. Book here: www.gnhlondon.com/offers/make-the-most-of-may-bank-holidays-at-the-great-northern-hotel

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Sauterelle at Royal Exchange: To be or not to be?

To celebrate the memory of William Shakespeare, Sauterelle restaurant at the Royal Exchange have created a wonderful theatrical dining experience for guests to enjoy until the end of April.  At the beginning of the meal, guests will be invited to select a primary ingredient, from which the chef will prepare an entirely customised main course dish.  Shakespeare expected to provoke a range of emotions from his audience, whether surprise, excitement, criticism or even questions, and this is the same reaction that the chefs will anticipate from diners. The Sauterelle team are welcoming all feedback and inviting guests to offer for the final bill, exactly what they think the dish is worth. For more information or to book a table, please call 020 7628 3500 or visit the website here.