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Small-Group Tour: Historical Pub Walking Tour of London

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

Overview

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.
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30 Newgate St , 30 Newgate St, London EC4M 7EJ, UK

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

2:00 PM
Holborn , 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

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.
Itinerary
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
  • 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
  • OPERATED BY Liquid History Tours
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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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Small-Group Tour: Historical Pub Walking Tour of London?
A:The policy on sanitization is:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
See all safety measures taken by Small-Group Tour: Historical Pub Walking Tour of London.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Small-Group Tour: Historical Pub Walking Tour of London?
A: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.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Small-Group Tour: Historical Pub Walking Tour of London?
A: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.

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Traveler Tips


  • "Thoroughly recommended for couples and mature family groups, Not suitable for children." See review
  • "I highly recommend this fun, factual tour; just remember to pace yourself," See review
  • "Note that a couple of the usual pubs are closed on Sunday, but was great all the same." See review

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star-5
Amazing Tour!
Megan_H
, Nov 2021
We had an incredible time on this tour! Our guide, Will, was informative and entertaining about our many historic stops during the walk through London and stops at the pubs!
star-5
Best way to spend a winters afternoon
Ross_G
, Nov 2021
Great way to spend a cold winter afternoon in London! Wil was very informative and the tour was well paced, visiting some excellent old pubs and sampling various ales. Recommended!
star-4
Great tour!
Brandon_T
, Nov 2021
Some history, some good pints, some great pubs. Definitely a cool and relaxing experience. Would recommend if you don't want a "touristy" experience but want an insider look at some London history.
icon Response from Host , Nov 2021
Apologies for not hitting our usual 5* standards, but great to hear that you enjoyed our gentle ramble through London’s liquid history. Cheers!
star-5
The best way to learn about the city of London
Gillian_C
, Nov 2021
We had a fantastic time on the historical pub tour, Will entertained us with his humour and knowledge of local history, a small group of strangers could have spent the whole day and night laughing in the pub. And we actually learnt a lot about Ale. We would highly recommend this tour.
star-5
Fun experience with lots of history and beer!
Sherri_B
, Nov 2021
This was such a fun way to see some hidden gems of the city and get a historical tour of not only pubs and their history but also sights in between. Having a seat and pint was a nice way to break up all the walking we’ve been doing. Chris was a great guide, super knowledgeable and even though we had a large tour he spent time visiting with each group and answering questions. We also got to meet some nice groups on the tour. Highly recommend this experience!
star-5
You will regret not going on this tour with Kevin!
Diane_L
, Nov 2021
Excellent tour; can't recommend it enough! A London trip would be remiss without this trip. Kevin was my guide and he was simply AMAZING (very knowledgeable, entertaining, conscientious about the group).
star-5
Fun way to learn the city and meet new people
HENRY_B
, Nov 2021
Our tour guide, will, was fantastic. Very well informed, lively and kept the key pace moving. His knowledge of beer is fantastic. Thanks for a fun time.
icon Response from Host , Nov 2021
Wonderful review Henry, and thanks so much for joining us. Cheers!
star-5
Fun and interesting tour
Emily_B
, Oct 2021
Chris was a fantastic tour guide including stories which were informative and also his own personal anecdotes which really brought the area to life. The pubs were also all unique
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Good tour with good drinks.
Wayne_O
, Oct 2021
Mark was a great tour guide and was very knowledgeable about the drinks we had and the pubs we visited. Everyone had a good time.
star-5
Chris excellent guide
marc_t
, Oct 2021
Chris was a great tour guide. Knowledgeable, friendly and chatty. Everyone was made to feel welcome, and he chose some good pubs
2 travelers found this review helpful

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