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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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Gratuities
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
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
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Great fun and good beer!
Douglas_S
, Oct 2021
Hearing about executions and the public nature of them. The interesting facts felating to tbe pub interiors.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
Go easy on that felating eh? It’s an often salacious stroll, but not quite that saucy! Cheers!
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Drunk history
Alex_C
, Oct 2021
Great tour! Very fun and informative. It was the type of tour that makes you want to go back and book more before you leave. The guide was amazing! A must do!
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
Sounds like you might be tempted by our book “Liquid History” covering another 50 or so historic pubs well worth a visit. Available at all good book shops to help define your next detour. Cheers!
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Pub Tour
jeff_w
, Oct 2021
Excellent afternoon - our guide Will was extremely knowledgeable about the areas and the pubs themselves. Really nice group of people. Would definitely book this again - highly recommend.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Would definitely recommend
Monique_T
, Oct 2021
Mark was very friendly and knowledgable. You could tell he’s genuinely interested in the history which brings it all more to life! I don’t drink but this tour was still amazing to experience!
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
London Pub Fun
Jonathon_B
, Oct 2021
We had a wonderful time! Chris was our guide and he was very informative, interesting and personable. He made certain everyone was comfortable and had a good experience. Love London & would definitely recommend this as an afternoon out.
star-5
Fantastic way to spend the afternoon.
Glenn_M
, Oct 2021
A great way to spend the afternoon. Our guide was interesting and informative and above all good fun. We really enjoyed the little interesting facts about London and the pubs we visited. It was a fantastic walking tour which we would definitely do again. Dave the dog was a big hit too...
star-5
Great tour guide. Had so...
Laine_W
, Oct 2021
Great tour guide. Had so much information to share and was very inclusive. Went to four pubs, rich with history.
star-5
Four pubs....what is not to like?
Bernie
, Sep 2021
Loved our pub tour with Wil and a small group others. Blackfriars pub was stunningly beautiful. Wil kept the tour interesting and although there was a lot of walking, we didn;t notice it too much. Thank you.
star-5
Highly Recommend
SOFIA_A
, Sep 2021
What a wonderful experience! London Historical Pub Walking 3 hr Tour is balanced and well organised, you will have a chance to learn about London history, learn, enjoy and experience London pubs. Our tour guide Will, really passionate and and knowledgeable. Enjoy!

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