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  • Location:London, United Kingdom
  • Duration:2015: 4 hours 2016: 3 hours

Historical Pub Walking Tour of London

Discover ancient ale houses and literary drinking dens on a 4-hour afternoon pub tour of London! Centered on the area in and around the City of London, the tour visits at least four of London’s finest historical pubs, your guide will recommend different ales in each (not included). Hear the history of the pubs, learn the differences between Elizabethan coaching inns and Victorian gin palaces, and visit the watering holes frequented by legendary British novelist Charles Dickens.

Numbers are limited to 12 on this small-group pub tour, ensuring you’ll enjoy personalized attention from your guide.


  • 4-hour afternoon walking tour, taking in London’s historical pubs
  • Visit three traditional London pubs in London Bridge, the City of London and Holborn
  • Sip on a pint (not included) in London’s last surviving Elizabethan coaching inn
  • Discover what a real London pub looks like on a visit to an alehouse in Blackfriars
  • Sit down in a pub that lists Charles Dickens and Arthur Conan Doyle as its more notable ex-patrons!
  • Small-group tour with a maximum of 12 people ensures a more personalized experience

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What You Can Expect

Historical Pub Walking Tour of London

Historical Pub Walking Tour of London

Meet your guide at London Bridge – the historical heart of London’s brewing industry – and then set off on a stroll to aquaint yourself with London’s finest old pubs. After passing iconic London sights like the Shard and Borough Market, stop in the city’s only surviving coaching inn, which in Elizabethan days would have served passengers and their coachmen traveling in and out of the capital. Relax with a pint (not included) and hear about famous ex-patrons like Charles Dickens, who wrote about the pub in his novel Little Dorrit.

Continue your stroll away from London Bridge to Blackfriars, in the City of London. As Britain’s banking hub for some 2,000 years, it’s no wonder that the City of London is home to some of London’s oldest pubs. Head inside one of the locals’ favorites to experience a proper London boozer at its finest -- resplendent with wooden tables clustered around a horseshoe-shaped bar. Sip on quality local ales (not included) and soak up the bustling atmosphere while your guide points out features like the medieval wall frieze above the bar.

Head outside and leave Blackfriars to walk further north toward Holborn, another London neighborhood that brims with history. Wander through the cobblestone alleyways that typify this part of the city, and stumble upon a late 17th-century pub tucked away down a side street. Choose from the large selection of beers, ales and ciders on tap (not included) and sit down with your guide, hearing tales of British literary greats who once drank here – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Charles Dickens and Alfred Tennyson, to name a few!

Leave your pub and work off your afternoon’s beers on a leisurely stroll to Covent Garden, a short walk away. Pass more historic pubs along the way, and hear tips from your guide about other drinking dens to visit in the capital for more beer or perhaps an evening meal at your own expense!

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

went to 8! pubs, had an architect as guide so was provided with lots of interesting information

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Great guide, George! Loved the choices of pubs, met fun people on the tour, loved the varied beer selection, a little more walking than my parents wanted to do but would still recommend it highly! What an awesome, different approach to sight seeing!!!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

My husband and I really enjoyed this tour! Our guide Roo, was awesome and the whole tour was fun and informative. This isn't just a hop from pub to pub drinking kind of thing, you get a great running history lesson and some very nice pints at some historical pubs. There are a lot of chain pubs in London, you can spot them since they all have the EXACT same menu and we were concerned that we would end up hopping from chain pub to chain pub...but nope! This is the real deal at unique pubs. We did this on our last night in London before moving on to Paris. Our recommendation is to do this on your first evening and then you get a really good lay of the land and some cool places to revisit. Thanks again to Roo for a great tour!!

Jennifer G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Totally worth it! Many thanks to George our guide,you were a star :

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Total fun. George was an amazing guide, and, in spite of the constant rain, managed to both inform and entertain. Wonderful time!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

This was a brilliant tour, got to meet a great bunch of people, visited some wonderful pubs and drank some good beer, saw a number of the tourist spots of London and the tour guide, Roo, was awesome as she was fun, engaging and full of great information. If you like a beer, enjoy a walk and want to find out about some of the history of London I highly recommend this tour!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Best time in London!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

This tour was amazing!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

this tour was the best out of every tour that we did with viator we met so many nice people even to locals that it was sad to say goodbye at the end of the night the tour guide was great told lots of information about London as well as the pubs we were in just wasn't enough time we could have kept going

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2014

Excellent tour of some historic and beautiful pubs. Our guide was very knowledgeable about London history in general, and did a great job providing relevant details and context for all of our visits and the neighborhoods surrounding the pubs. It made this so much more than a pub tour.

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