In its early days, the tavern stood on the boundary line that divided the lands of the Mercers Company from those of the Abbot of Abingdon, and nearby was a small estate known as Six Acre Fields. During the Victorian period, the field was a site of tie riding school, belonging to major Henry Foubert, whose name is commemorated by neighbouring Foubert Place.
The present day Shakespeare's Head overlooks Carnaby Street which was once the site of an 18th century street market and is now one of the worlds most famous shopping precincts.
Dominating its northern end is the pub inn sign, which is a
reproduction of Martin Droeshout's portrait of Shakespeare
when the poet was at the pinnacle of genius.
On another part of the building is Shakespeare's life size
bust, which appears to be gazing down at the busy
street below. A close examination of the bust will
show one of the poets hands is missing. This
occured during World War II when a
bomb dropped nearby.
Erected by Greene King.
Location. 51° 30.821′ N, 0° 8.368′ W. Marker is in City of Westminster, England, in Greater London County. Marker is at the intersection of Great Marlborough Street and Foubert's Place on Great Marlborough Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 29 Great Marlborough Street, City of Westminster, England W1F 7HZ, United Kingdom.
Other nearby markers.
Also see . . . The Shakespeare's Head. Indiana University Archives' 1961 photograph of the same corner, showing a much grimier pub, and Shakespeare dressed in brown, rather than blue. (Submitted on July 13, 2018, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on July 13, 2018. This page originally submitted on July 13, 2018, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 46 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on July 13, 2018, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California.