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Experience London’s traditional drinking scene on this 3-hour 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.


  • 3-hour afternoon walking tour, taking in London’s historical pubs
  • Visit four traditional London pubs in London Bridge, the City of London, Fleet Street, 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 once frequented by Charles Dickens and Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Small-group tour with a maximum of 14 people ensures a more personalized experience

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What You Can Expect

Small Group Tour: Historical Pub Walking Tour of London

Historical Pub Walking Tour of London

Your afternoon pub tour begins at St. Paul's, where you will meet your guide and set off for the first stop on your 3-hour 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 Covent Garden with plenty of time (and insider information) to continue the fun at another local pub.

Customer Reviews


5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

Great way to tour part of the city and some really cool pubs. Our guide Freddy was great offering a lot of history and humor along the way. All 5 pubs were unique and we enjoyed trying some different ales at each pub. Would definitely recommend this tour!

Paul M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

What a great time walking around central London with Ru and our small group, hitting the coolest of places we would surely have missed on our own. She told us the tour would start out quietly, as they usually do, and then get progressively louder as we got to know each other and had a few pints! By the time we got to the final stop we were old friends. Highly recommended as a way to see some historical pubs and get the lowdown on the various different beers available at each one.

Gary L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

We had just learned our house had flooded and we were unsure whether we were going to continue our trip but after sharing our story with the group it was decided we would stay. The knowledge of our guide and seeing the different pubs and talking to the bartenders about the varied beers was educational as well as enjoyable.

Stuss Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Absolutely LOVED this tour! An absolute must for all newbies to London - you don't even have to be a drinker. Was such a pleasant walk through the streets and our tour guide was amazing! Met some wonderful people from all around the world and really, really enjoyed the whole experience!

Caroline C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

This tour is the best value for money of any tour I've ever taken. Aside from the five pubs themselves one has operated since 1667, our guide Chris was both informative and hilarious. In between the pubs we got a walking tour of London and a history lesson all in one. I had the best time and would take this tour again even if it were the same five pubs.

Gary F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

Great tour! Our guide, Freddie, was very informative providing tidbits of history along the way as well as commentary on the interesting points of each pub. Blackfriars was our favorite with the incredible craftsmanship of the interior - a must see!

Elizabeth H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

This tour was GREAT! Our guide was awesome. She provided great history not only of the pubs we visited but also the area we were in. It is a really good way to sample the pubs and decide which ones you might want to spend a bit more time at. We went back to the Black Friar Pub later in the week and had a great Fish and Chips lunch. Highly recommend. Our group was small and lots of fun.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

This tour was incredible! Our guide offered a wealth of knowledge, ranging from spooky stories to bizarre historical anecdotes, and took us to some of the best London pubs I've ever been to. We had the opportunity to sample gin, ale, and classic English snacks such as Scotch eggs, and every place we went to had a fantastic ambiance and was not overcrowded. John, our guide, was charismatic, friendly, and made this experience incredibly fun. Highly recommended!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

This tour was so much more than I expected. Chris, our guide was amazing. He was a history major at university and has also worked in the beer business as a brewer and a consultant. I think I learned more about London History on this tour than any other I have taken. I have rave reviews and highly recommend this tour!

emmaknock United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

I had such an awesome time on this tour. Our guide John was hilarious, and the pubs we visited were among London’s finest. We went to a pub that Shakespeare used to live above, popped into Samuel Johnson’s old local, and had a pint in the former Law Courts branch of the Bank of England. We also saw loads of quirky historical sites and some unusual street art along the way. I'd definitely recommend this to anyone visiting London or to locals who love uncovering new sides to the city.

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