Historical Pub Walking Tour of London


Historical Pub Walking Tour of London

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 favoured 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 personalised experience
Historical Pub Walking Tour of London

Historical Pub Walking Tour of London

What’s Included in the Pub Tour

  • Local guide
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities

Departure & Return

Departure Point

30 Newgate St, London EC1A 7HL, UK

Departure Time

2:00 PM

Return Details

Kingsway, Holborn, London WC2B 6AA, UK

What To Expect from the Tour

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 colourful stories from this neighbourhood’s banking community. 

London Pub Tour

London Pub Tour

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 civilised 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 favourite 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. Don’t miss out on this great weekend tour. Quench your thirst this summer, enjoy a historical pub walking tour of London.

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the black friar art nouveau pub london

The Black Friar Art Nouveau Pub London

Itinerary of the Tour

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.

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Additional Tour Info: 

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking 
  • Minimum age is 18 years 
  • Not wheelchair accessible 
  • Service animals allowed 
  • Near public transportation 
  • Most travellers can participate 
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 14 travellers

Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Learn more about cancellations.

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