By today's standards, Shakespeare lived close
to the seat of government at
Westminster. Crossing London in his day would have
taken about 10 minutes
on today's underground railway. But the Elizabethans enjoyed
no such convenience - they crossed the city on foot, on
horseback, or by boat. This image shows that traffic on
the river was quite dense.
(with the blue roof) and Whitehall Palace (towards
the north of the picture) were two powerhouses of English
The major law courts are also
here - the court of the Star Chamber is just to the north
of Westminster Hall.