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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.

Highlights

  • 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

Jade

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!

Pitch

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.

Elizabeth H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

We had such a great time with our tour guide Chris. He was very personable and gave us interesting tidbits about the area and pubs we went to. Nice group of people!

Andrew W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Perfect experience! John was a great tour guide and the pubs were excellent choices!

Lisa S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

If you like to hear a bit about the local sites and history this is a great way to experience that. We walked through areas that we would have never know were there. We managed to get 5 pubs in our tour and had a wonderful time. Get a bite to eat before you go as there is not really enough time to try and eat at the pubs.

Polly B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

John was extremely animated and an awesome guide! I could not believe all the stories told and the pubs we visited. You will not be disappointed!

Trace P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

John was amazing and we absolutely loved this tour. Easy, relaxed and an absolute hoot! The pubs were places off the beaten track that tourists wouldn't find easily and the locals go to. Would highly recommend!

Joanne T United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

We had an absolutely great time during this tour. Our guide, John, was a wonderful guide and provided so many historical details and stories. He took us to places we would never have found for ourselves. This is a great tour and marvelous way to spend an afternoon. Don't miss it.

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.

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