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Small-Group Tour: Historical Pub Walking Tour of London

Greater London, United Kingdom

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icon3 hours 30 minutes  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

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Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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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.
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.
Pass By:  
St. Paul's Cathedral
Enjoy fine views and quirky history
Stop At:  
Blackfriars Bridge
Visit London's finest art nouveau pub
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
St Bride's Church
Hear the tale of the "wedding cake" church
Pass By:  
Fleet Street
Explore the "street of shame" and visit a number of historic pubs
Pass By:  
Dr. Johnson's House
See the home of the famous wordsmith and meet his favourite cat Mr Hodge
Pass By:  
Prince Henry's Room
See a building dating to 1610 and gateway to the Knight's Templar
Stop At:  
The Old Bank of England Pub
See London's finest banking hall, and now pub
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Royal Courts of Justice
Listen to the legal tales enjoy the majestic architecture
Pass By:  
Lincoln's Inn
See London's oldest tailor and traverse the heart of legal London
Pass By:  
Sir John Soane's Museum
Be inspired to return to this exquisite collection
Stop At:  
Princess Louise
We sometimes stop for a drink in this fine Victorian gin palace style watering hole
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Covent Garden
We finish our walk on the edge of Covent Garden with more pubs and restaurants a short walk away
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the policy on sanitization during Small-Group Tour: Historical Pub Walking Tour of London?
The policy on sanitization is:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
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What is the social distancing policy during Small-Group Tour: Historical Pub Walking Tour of London?
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Small-Group Tour: Historical Pub Walking Tour of London.
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Small-Group Tour: Historical Pub Walking Tour of London?
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Small-Group Tour: Historical Pub Walking Tour of London.
What is the maximum group size during Small-Group Tour: Historical Pub Walking Tour of London?
This activity will have a maximum of 14 travelers.

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Traveler Tips

  • "Do make sure to eat before taking the tour as there is not enough time at each pub to order and eat food." See review
  • "Thoroughly recommended for couples and mature family groups, Not suitable for children." See review
  • "If you do not mind not socializing with others then this may be the tour for you." See review


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Fabulous Historical Pub Walking Tour
, Mar 2020
Rob was wonderfully entertaining and so knowledgeable about the history of the pubs as well as the the area in which the pub was located. You definitely must do this tour if ever in London.
Wonderful old pubs with loads of character (and characters).
, Mar 2020
My sister and I took the tour on March 10th and even with all the walking - and, okay, maybe a pint or two of beer - and drizzling rain, we had an enjoyable time. Our guide Freddie knew a thing or three about London pubs and the dizzying assortment of beers, stouts, ales and even gin and shared his knowledge with the eight of us on the tour in an entertaining yet factual way. As he did his college thesis on historical pubs (I think I got that right) he was the perfect man for the job. I highly recommend this fun, factual tour; just remember to pace yourself...
Love Liquid History
, Mar 2020
We had a great time. Jan was a lot of fun and did an excellent job acquainting us with the history of Central London as well as the pubs that served the area.
Tour with Freddy!
, Mar 2020
Freddy was amazing. Very knowledgeable and interesting. I highly recommend this tour to anyone interested in the history of some of London's most spectacular pubs.
Historical Pub Walking Tour of London
, Mar 2020
This was one of the best tours I have ever been on. Our guide, Eileen, was a delight. Full of knowledge and energy.
Like minded pub people tour
, Mar 2020
Had a terrific time. Chris was informative and made the trip so enjoyable. One thing though, I tried to get to what I thought the meeting place early. No one new where the spot was. I asked the businesses up and down the street with no luck. I then rang my son and in turn he rang your office for directions. Your web site nominates no 30, this was a cafe and they also new nothing about the tour. However once again the tour was great and I will recommend it to my friends.
Enjoyable afternoon
, Mar 2020
Chris our guide was very friendly and informative and made it a very enjoyable tour despite the rain. Excellent pubs and interesting history inbetween.
icon Response from Host , Mar 2020
Ah, a little liquid sunshine goes a long way and the pubs are waterproof! Cheers!
A Liquid History indeed!
, Feb 2020
Excellent tour with a great guide. We got a nice bit of actual history along our route before we went into all the pubs as we passed particular landmarks. As a craft beer lover from the US, it challenged me to go outside of my element and experience UK cask ales and the guide was excellent for making suggestions for that. Would absolutely recommend it to anyone looking to enjoy an afternoon with new people from all around. I went alone and am not that great at making conversation with people at times, but it was very easy to blend right into the group and have a chat.
icon Response from Host , Feb 2020
Great review and huge thanks for joining us for a cask ale or four. Cheers!
A must do in London!
, Feb 2020
Very informative light hearted trips around some of the parts of London that you would struggle to find as a visitor, Chris our guide was great liked his little stories. A little more time in the pubs would have been nice but can always go back. The barristers area aroundLincoln park and the story of the execution was my fav. Would not hesitate to reccomend to freinds.
Must do Pub Tour!
, Feb 2020
Loved this wonderful pub tour with colorful history and anecdotes! Our guide, Chris, took us to four charming and very different bars that included the oldest pub in London to the ornate Black Friars! Chris was so knowledgeable about breweries and each of the bars and his funny, quirky anecdotes and history along our route were just the best! We loved this tour and had so much fun—even had dinner with some fellow tour mates at the last pub. Would highly recommend and would do again next time!

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