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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.

Highlights

  • 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

Jean G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

It was a great afternoon - our guide was fun and shared lots of interesting history facts with us.

gertie

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

We started out on time and soon realized this was going to be an amazing journey. George was so excited to be showing us his city. We were suppose to be 2 hours but 3 1/2 hours later we were still going which was a shame because we had to leave to meet other arrangements. I would recommend this to any one but give yourselves more time.

Kathryn M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Everyone interested in some humourous banter, meeting new people, learning some history and of enjoying a beer in an afternoon should do this tour. We all know there are a lot of pubs in London but these were off the beaten track, quirky, historical and very diverse. Excellent!

Irene T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

This was the best tour I've had on this vacation. Our tourguide, John, was incredibly fun, friendly and knowledgeable. Absolutely 5 stars!

lgambino

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

We loved our guide Roo and her knowledge about the pubs. The people in our group were delightful. The choice of pubs was excellent. It was a wonderful way to spend our first full day in London. I highly recommend the experience. LG

MONIKA M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

We really enjoyed the Pub Walking Tour. Our guide was very knowledgeable and knew a lot of fun facts that made the trip both very interesting and entertaining. He showed us some hidden corners of London that we would have never found on our own. Great tour and I highly recommend it. It was a wonderful ending to our Europe trip.

o.sullivan

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

George, our guide, was knowledgable and entertaining. We visited areas and pubs tucked away and some I wouldn't have entered otherwise. The pubs were so surprisingly beautiful inside. Thanks George

ollie brown Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

We loved doing this tour. Our guide was so knowlegdable and talked about many things along the way that we passed. We wojld never have found these amazing old pubs by ourselves.

Debbie H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Loved getting the history of the area and pubs. You may not see the ancient streets we walked on if not for the great tour guide.

Teri9499

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Rue was AWESOME!! She was our guide and was very entertaining, educational and funny! We went to at least 7 different pubs and my daughter and I made a point to try a different ale or 2 at each. This is a great way to see central London and have fun at the same time. The pubs Rue brought us to were beautiful, I highly recommend this tour!

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