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Small-Group Tour: Historical Pub Walking Tour of London

Greater London, United Kingdom

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  • 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
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  • Offered in: English


Experience London’s traditional drinking scene on this afternoon pub crawl. Accompany your guide on a fun and educational tour in and around the city, where you’ll visit at least four historic pubs and taste different brews (own expense). Pop into centuries-old ale houses, see literary haunts favored by writers like Charles Dickens, and learn about local drinking culture through the ages.
  • Visit four traditional London pubs in London Bridge, the City of London, Fleet Street, and Holborn
  • Discover what a real London pub looks like on a visit to an alehouse in Blackfriars
  • Sit down in a pub once frequented by Charles Dickens and Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Small-group tour with a maximum of 14 people ensures a more personalized experience

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

Pair a walking tour of London's oldest neighborhood with visits to multiple atmospheric, historical pubs.

What's Included

  • Local guide
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • 30 Newgate St
    30 Newgate St, London EC2V 6AA, UK

    Outside ST.PAUL'S UNDERGROUND STATION (EXIT 2) Meet outside Caffe Nero on Panyer Alley

Start time

02:00 PM

End point

  • Holborn
    Underground Ltd, Holborn Station, Kingsway, London WC2B 6AA, UK

    The tour has no fixed end point, but you can expect to finish close to Holborn station or the Royal Courts of Justice on the Strand

What To Expect

Your afternoon pub tour begins at St. Paul's, where you will meet your guide and set off for the first stop of your tour. As you walk, check out city attractions like St. Paul's Cathedral and the bustling Fleet Street. Pass the site of a Shakespearean playhouse, then pop into the art nouveau Blackfriars for a drink. Grab a pint (own expense) and enjoy colorful stories from this neighborhood's banking community.

Next, head down Fleet Street, flush with pubs and gin palaces to service the journalists and literary greats of the day. 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 along Fleet Street, the former stomping grounds of Charles Dickens, who once resided in Furnival’s Inn (now Holborn Bars). 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 the edge of Covent Garden with plenty of time (and insider information) to continue the fun at another local pub.

St. Paul's Cathedral (Pass By)

Enjoy fine views and quirky history

Blackfriars Bridge

Visit London's finest art nouveau pub

15 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Minimum age is 18 years
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 14 travelers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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Traveler Tips

Thoroughly recommended for couples and mature family groups, Not suitable for children.
I highly recommend this fun, factual tour; just remember to pace yourself,
Note that a couple of the usual pubs are closed on Sunday, but was great all the same.
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Afternoon well spent.
Mike_B, Feb 2023
Had a fab time! Wil was great with all the historical pub/area info and beer knowledge. We tried beers we would never normally try. All in all a great afternoon out drinking, learning and chatting with like minded people. Perfect!
Excellent tour
Frankie_I, Jan 2023
Kevin did an amazing job sharing fun details as we trekked through The City of London and took us to some outstanding pubs. Definitely a highlight of our trip and not to be missed! Leave yourself extra time afterwards in case you decide to extend your stay at the final pub!
Response from Host, Jan 2023
Indeed, Kevin is often said to be as outstanding as his tax bill. Definitely allow some extra time to enjoy the leisurely and languid stroll Liquid History. Cheers!
Great tour
John_S, Jan 2023
Fun way to see and learn about a history of London. Our guide Mark was excellent and brought the whole experience to life.
Going pub to pub is a great way to see London!
Kristina_H, Jan 2023
We visited 4 fantastic pubs and Will was extremely knowledgeable and entertaining. We learned quite a bit of London history and tasted some very lovely gins and beers. It was perfect that the tour ended at a pub that also happened to have very good food as we were very hungry by that point.
Superb afternoon’s tour
Karen_C, Jan 2023
Fab tour, Mark was so knowledgable and for us a perfect balance of history and pub stops!! So enjoyable.
Best historic pub tour EVER
Janice_K, Jan 2023
Excelkent tour guide Ricky… lots and lots of great stories … pubs ace … Especially liked old Cheshire cheese and history of Blackfriars
Great fun
Jack_L, Jan 2023
This was a bery fun tour. Great drinks and lots of great history. It’s also a great opportunity to meet new people while traveling. Highly recommended
Highly Recommend!
Federico_J, Jan 2023
Lyndon was extremely knowledgeable and knew everything about the area including history and fun facts. Highly recommend! Lyndon was friendly and easy going. We had a lot fun in this tour.
Response from Host, Jan 2023
Lovely review and thanks for the support. Cheers!
100% fantastic. Kevin,...
Marjorie_T, Jan 2023
100% fantastic. Kevin, our guide, was amazing. We toured on a bank holiday and some of his regular stops were unexpectedly closed. No problem! He had multiple back-ups that were great. We got more stops than advertised. Kevin even walked our family to an old tavern he suggested for dinner. It was outstanding. Hands down, this was in our Top 2 tours we have EVER taken. Don’t hesitate. Sign up for this tour.
Fun afternoon
Marti_B, Jan 2023
Dave our guide was very personable and funny. Lots of quick wit. His tidbits of information were enjoyable to listen to. Dave, along with most of us forgot it was a bank holiday, and many places would be closed. He was quick on his feet to think about where to go instead. We had 4 pub visits, all different, and saw a few more. I would recommend to anyone who wants a bit of fun out for the afternoon.
Historical and fun!
Victoria_R, Jan 2023
Our tour guide, Lyndon, was fantastic....he was knowledgeable, funny and very interesting. I have already recommended this tour to others. The limited size of the group made it great for ordering drinks and socializing.
Great Pub Tour!
Dawn_C, Jan 2023
The historical pubs were amazing and the tour guide and people on the tour were lovely. I'd highly recommend this walking tour
Great way to spend a day London
Jacqueline_C, Jan 2023
This tour was super fun and informative! Kevin our guide was fantastic and as a solo traveler this was such a great way to spend a day in London!
We had Mark as our tour...
Aoife_W, Jan 2023
We had Mark as our tour guide and he was fantastic! Really enjoyed the tour - it was great fun and learned loads.
What a great tour
Alex_P, Jan 2023
I highly recommend this tour. Andrew (our tour guide) was excellent and provided a great historical backdrop for this pub tour. We had a chance to visit and drink in 4 fine establishments and learn about the history of London, pub culture and English brews. There are a lot of tour operators offering similar tours but Andrew and company really made this a fantastic experience. Don't miss it.
3 cheers for Christmas beers!
Martina_D, Dec 2022
Wonderful tour guide and he took us to unique puns that we wouldn’t know about if we didn’t go on this tour. One of our highlights of visiting London!
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So much fun!
Kathy_C, Dec 2022
Enjoyed the history of London and Mark was so accommodating and enjoyable to be with!! The small group made it easy to get to know the others from around the world.
Response from Host, Dec 2022
Cheers and happy Christmas to you Kathy!
Amazing tour of authentic pubs! Highly recommend!!
Kimberly_E, Dec 2022
Amazing, fun afternoon pub crawl with Andrew! Visited authentic pubs amidst the bustling holiday crowds !! Our family group of 6 was paired with another family of 6. Had such a great time learning the history of the pubs and hanging out chatting in the places Andrew selected. He did a fantastic job entertaining us and made the afternoon so awesome! Can’t say enough great things—my 20-something kids really enjoyed it as well! Thanks!!
Fun pub crawl
carmel_c, Dec 2022
Fantastic guide. Dave really made this a great tour for our family. Funny and insightful. Thank you, Carmel Curran
Hilarious guide and good history lesson!
sandra_O, Dec 2022
Dave was hilarious and a great guide! He took us to pubs we definitely wouldn’t have found on our own. He gave a great history of each place before we went in so you could really appreciate the pubs so much more. Would definitely recommend to a friend- it was the most fun we’ve had so far on our trip to London!


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