5 star rating: Highly Recommended 32 Reviews

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  • Location:London, United Kingdom
  • Duration:3 hours (approx.)

Historical Pub Walking Tour of London

Experience the vibrance of London’s traditional drinking scene on this afternoon pub crawl! Accompany your friendly guide on a fun and educational tour in and around the City of London, where you’ll visit at least four historic pubs and taste different brews (own expense). Pop into centuries-old ale houses, literary haunts favored by writers like Charles Dickens and learn fascinating facts about local drinking culture through the ages.


  • 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

Your afternoon pub tour begins at London Bridge, where you will meet your guide and set off for the first stop on your 4-hour tour. As you walk, check out great city attractions like the Shard and the bustling Borough Market. Then pop into London’s only remaining coaching inn, a former pitstop for passing coachmen and passengers. Grab a pint (own expense) and enjoy colorful stories of the Elizabethan-era establishment from your guide. Fans of Charles Dickens may recall this pub as a featured setting in Little Dorrit

Next, head to Blackfriars in the City of London, flush with pubs that have serviced the neighborhood’s banking community for centuries. Stop at a proper London boozer for a civilized drinking experience. Buy yourself a delicious local ale (or two), admire the authentic medieval decor, and enjoy the buzz as regulars and newcomers fill up the wooden tables surrounding the horseshoe bar. 

Continue on to Holborn, a neighborhood with a rich and – at times – scandalized history. The former stomping grounds of Charles Dickens – who once resided in Furnival’s Inn (now Holborn Bars) –  Holborn is a web of cobblestone backstreets and alleys. Visit a 17th-century pub that was a favorite of Dickens and fellow writers, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Alfred Lord Tennyson. Sip on a delicious beer and cider (not included) and soak up the literary history of the place.  

Your tour ends at Covent Garden with plenty of time (and insider information) to continue the fun at another local pub! 

Customer Reviews

Rolando R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Our tour leader John was excellent. John put the customers first and insured we all had a fantastic time. John was also very knowledgeable about the history of the city and the Pubs we visited.

Christene T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

Oh, my! What an amazing tour. George is. Very entertaining tour guide. We went to eight pubs and had an amazing time. I learned so much on the tour! I plan on doing this tour again when I'm back in Lindon! It's. Fun night/afternoon on the town!

Ronald R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

George was awesome! We got to see areas of London that we never would have seen and George's extensive knowledge of London's history and great sense of humor made the trip a must do. Will recommend this tour to friends! Well done!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Had such a great time on this tour - George is the greatest! Really fun guy with a ton of knowledge. We had a very social group and I was sorry to see the evening end - a highlight of my trip. Highly recommend.

Robert B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

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

Rhonda W

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!!!

Adrienne P

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 Australia

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!

Graham K

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!

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