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This 2-hour walking tour of London pubs promises drama, intrigue, and a fair amount of local history. Meet your guide near the Chancery Lane Underground Station and discover the oldest drinking establishments as you explore the winding streets and back alleys of the historic city center.
Visit where Dylan Thomas drunkenly misplaced his manuscripts, learn how Victorians fed their gin cravings, and stand in secret alleyways where one of England’s most notorious poets faced a duel. Learn about London’s seedy drink-obsessed past while taking in the splendor of modern-day London and sensing the ghosts of yesteryear at some of the city’s top landmarks.
Finish up at a watering hole regularly frequented by Charles Dickens, where you're served a favorite drink (half-pint of beer included).
We start at 15:00 making sure we get to the these fascinating places before they get to busy. This is a small group tour, you could be part of a group of 15 with people from all over the world participating which is a great way to meet new people make friends and learn of other peoples culture.
First stop is the oldest Victorian Gin Palace in London have you ever heard the phrase 'One for the road or on the Wagon?"
We now try to find our way to what's said to be the most difficult pub to find (according to one story, one man worked just around the corner for six years without finding it), but it is well worth the effort.
From there we wonder the narrow passages and century old alley ways to the next pub a favourite among literary greats such as Charles Dickens and Dr Samuel Johnson a real labyrinth of a place but don't worry we shall help you escape this maze of a place.
The adventure continues with a short bus ride (guests own expense) to London"s oldest wine cave set in cellars that are all candlelit and have an amazing cheese, bread and pickle selection. This place only serves wine and port.
The last stop is a pub that was voted as the greatest pub in the United Kingdom with great beer and real cider selection. The atmosphere in this pub is always electric being in the middle of theatre district there is always a chance of bumping in to someone famous.
Meet your guide in central London as darkness descends across the city, then step through the shadows to begin your ghostly walking tour. As you explore, keep your eyes open for sightings of the undead!
During your fun yet frightening haunted pub tour, take in sites of interest such as Sweeney Todd’s barber shop, the tavern where Dr. Johnson worked on his dictionary, and the morbid interior of a Victorian prison. Stop off along the way in pubs where spirits are said to roam, and perhaps calm your nerves with a stiff drink (own expense).
Hear hair-raising stories of notorious hauntings and hangings gone wrong. Listen to spine-tingling tales of mean murderers, death, and debauchery, and learn of some of London’s most notorious grave-robbers and criminals.
After two hours exploring the taverns of London, your ghost tour will come to an end in the center of the city.
Start with a pickup in central London, and travel out of the city to visit majestic Windsor Castle. Be one of the first visitors of the day, and beat the crowds as you explore the elegant State Apartments and St George’s Chapel with your guide. The castle is one of the Queen’s weekend retreats, and is the perfect place to experience some 900 years of pageantry at your own pace.
Continue onward to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Stonehenge, one of the most famous prehistoric monuments in the world. Stonehenge is thought to date back nearly 5,000 years, and very little is known of its origins. Was it a place of pagan sun worship? Could it have been an ancient burial ground? Decide for yourself as you explore the site.
Your next stop is the pretty village of Lacock, one of the most picturesque settings in the country. Lacock dates back to Saxon times, and has been used more recently as the setting for movies and television dramas such as Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone and the adaptation of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice. Take the weight off your feet and sit down for lunch at the George, a traditional English pub built in the 14th century. On rare occasions, when the George is closed, a carefully selected alternative pub may be visited for lunch instead.
Continue to your final stop in the charming Georgian city of Bath, once home to the famous British author Jane Austen. Start the visit with a coach tour of the city, and see top Bath attractions such as Pulteney Bridge and the Royal Crescent as well as the honey-colored Georgian architecture for which the city is famed. After getting your bearings, set off on a short stroll with your guide and scout out the Roman Baths and beautiful Bath Abbey. Walk around the city’s cobbled streets, shop for souvenirs and take time to pose for photos in front of the beautiful buildings.
Please note: on busy days, this tour may operate in reverse order and visit Bath first.
Time to get awesome at a pub crawl. The biggest, baddest and most fun in Central London.
Experience London nightlife #1 pub crawl with free pizza & shots - discounted drinks 50% off - professional photographer - free entry 3 bars & 1 club - good vibe for party!
The unforgettable night starts at a bar, a lively Soho cocktail bar in the heart of Central London. Where our awesome guides will be inside of the bar in front of the DJ booth, waiting to party with you. Once you’ve gotten your wristband you can enjoy free Shots, delicious free pizzas, exclusive discount drinks and you will meet plenty of lovely guys and girls.
When it’s time to move to the next venue, your hosts will lead you right to the next 2 bars, skipping the queue at Piccadilly Institute and Bar Rumba. We are staying 40 min in each bar where you will be enjoying a welcome shot, cheap drinks, dance-offs or limbo competitions. The party will continue in Tiger Tiger, one of the wildest Clubs in London until 3:00 am. This is without any doubt #1 nightlife party experience!
Meet your guide near Trafalgar Square in London, and then set off on your 3-hour pub tour of London’s West End. Popular for centuries as the cultural heart of London, the West End is thronged with theaters, restaurants and galleries; no surprise then, that a thriving pub scene generated within it, and its historic pubs from bygone days are still every bit as popular today.
Start with a visit to a traditional 'boozer' near Trafalgar Square and soak up the ambiance of an authentic London ale house, serving beers, ales and ciders on tap. As you relax inside, your guide will regale you with insider secrets about some of the monuments nearby, like Nelsons Column – the impressive structure in the center of Trafalgar Square.
After sampling some of the pubs hearty ales, continue your tour with a stroll to Covent Garden – one of London’s most beautiful squares, with a bustling marketplace in the center. Many visitors head straight for the tourist pubs here, but your guide will introduce you to two of the best local pubs, just hidden down side streets, away from the hustle and bustle. Enjoy a traditional snack inside one of them, and hear about the history and culture of beer drinking in the UK and Europe, as well as the ingredients used in different beers like hops and wheat.
Continue to the heart of London’s ‘theatreland’ in Soho, passing iconic London venues like the Adelphi and the Shaftsbury Theatre, and then head inside a pub that’s popular for pre-show drinks. Hear about the city's impressive performing arts and music scene in this world-famous theater district while sitting back and sipping on another ale.
Your tour finishes at a pub in Seven Dials – the center point of London’s vibrant West End. Savor your last tipple of the tour and get recommendations about other great London pubs to visit independently!
Meet your guide at St. Paul's Cathedral and then set off on a stroll to acquaint yourself with London’s finest old pubs. After passing iconic sights such as a former Shakespeare playhouse, head to Blackfriars in the City of London. As Britain’s banking hub for some 2,000 years, it’s no wonder that the City of London is home to some of London’s oldest pubs. Head inside one of the locals’ favorites to experience a proper London boozer at its finest — resplendent with wooden tables clustered around a horseshoe-shaped bar. Sip on quality local ales (not included) and soak up the bustling atmosphere while your guide points out features like the medieval wall frieze above the bar.
Head outside and walk along Fleet Street, another London neighborhood that brims with history. Wander through the cobblestone alleyways that typify this part of the city, and stumble upon a late 17th-century pub tucked away down a side street. Choose from the large selection of beers, ales and ciders on tap (not included) and sit down with your guide, hearing tales of British literary greats who once drank here – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Charles Dickens and Alfred Tennyson, to name a few.
Leave your pub and work off your afternoon’s beers on a leisurely stroll to Covent Garden, a short walk away. Pass more historic pubs along the way, and hear tips from your guide about other drinking dens to visit in the capital for more beer or perhaps an evening meal at your own expense.
After a pick up 7:30am pick up from a central location, travel just a short time from London city life and watch as the scenery changes to stunning countryside, streams and honey-colored cottages. The tour will drive through beautiful villages until arriving at Burford, the elegant market town known as the 'Gateway to the Cotswolds'. Here you will take a guided walk to the 900 year old church of St John the Baptist and see unique woolsack tombs and historic memorials.
After some free time you will depart and drive over to Bibury "the prettiest village in England" according to the art critic and writer William Morris. You can walk along the picturesque Arlington Row, one of the most photographed group of cottages in the country dating back to the 17th century, alongside clear trout filled streams and the village green. A single track country lane will take you up further up the Coln Valley and onto the 2,000 year old Roman Fosse Way. Along this delightful secluded valley the tour will make a stop at the ancient stone church at Coln St Dennis, then onwards to Bourton-on-the-Water, the 'Little Venice of the Cotswolds' with its stream running through the center of the village and a series of stone bridges. Picture postcard houses nestle either side of the River Windrush as the tour follows the narrow lanes up to Stow-on-the-Wold, the highest town in the Cotswolds. This attractive market town was the center of the wool trade in the area when up to 20,000 sheep would be bought and sold at the annual fairs! It is the highest of the Cotswolds towns standing on the 800 feet high Stow Hill. there will be time to explore the wide town market square and the views from the hilltop before our traditional lunch at one of the oldest inns in the country.
You will then continue the guided tour down to Woodstock and the magnificent Blenheim Palace, the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill. This stately home was designed by Sir John Vanbrugh and built between 1704 and 1722 for Sir John Churchill as a reward for defeating the French in the Wars of Spanish Succession. Beautiful landscaped grounds designed by Lancelot Capability Brown surround the Palace. Explore the opulent interior, see the room where Sir Winston Churchill was born and marvel at the great dinning hall and library. A wonderful way to end the day before our return to London.
On the return to London your driver will drop you at Victoria Train Station in the city center. This is one of the largest transport stations in London, with excellent connections to all parts of London and beyond.
London is filled with amazing history – but if you want to feel like you’ve actually gone back in time hundreds of years, there’s nothing like visiting the historical pubs along the docks of old London town.
Here was once home to a bustling trading port, full of thieves, dockers, sailors – even pirates! Now it’s a lot quieter – a residential area, lined with cobblestone lanes and old warehouse buildings with breathtaking riverside views of the city.
London is filled with amazing history – but if you want to feel like you’ve actually gone back in time hundreds of years, there’s nothing like visiting the historical pubs of old London town.
Wapping is a waterside neighborhood of London, well off the beaten path. It was once home to a bustling trading port, full of thieves, dockers, sailors – even pirates! Now it’s a lot quieter – a residential area, lined with cobblestone lanes and old warehouse buildings.
As you stroll along streets that haven't changed in generations, entering old wooden-beamed public houses, you can also fill your senses with traditional beer and other refreshments… Our historic pub food and drink tour will give you an in-depth look at the history of this area as you visit four traditional British pubs. You’ll drink the best British beer and try properly tasty British pub grub.
The dockers and pirates may be long gone, but the places they ate and drank in, and their stories are still very much alive. So, if you love food, beer and a big serving of astounding stories from London history on top – this is the tour for you!
- Explore five of London’s must- see pubs and savor their food, drink and unparalleled history
-Taste some of Britain’s best traditional lagers, ales and fine craft brews
-Savor classic pub grub over the chatter of friendly locals
-Revel in tales of pirates, thieves and artists told in the same places they once called home
Pick up your London Pub Passport from The Jack Horner, an inviting pub on the corner of Tottenham Court Road, only a few steps away from Oxford Street. Valid until August 31, 2015, your pass entitles you to a main course and a drink at select pubs located around the city. See the Itinerary for the full list of participating establishments.
With many of the pubs situated close to London’s most well-known sights, spend the morning or afternoon sightseeing and then, when you feel hungry, amble over to your nearest eligible pub. Soak up the cozy atmosphere and rub shoulders with the locals at the bar. Then, tuck into hearty ‘pub grub’ such as bangers and mash or fish and chips, washed down with a half-pint (284 ml) of beer or cider or another drink of your choice. See the Itinerary for a sample menu.
Alternatively, if you’re in Greater London, head to the Spread Eagle in Croydon for one of their famous pies, or the Partridge in Bromley.
Please note: Your pass is valid from 11:30am until 10pm on Monday to Thursday and Sunday, and from 11:30am until 11pm on Friday and Saturday.
Get ready for an entertaining, small group guided bike tour of London and discover London like you have never seen it before. Riding a classic English Pashley bicycle you will cycle along the quiet back streets of Westminster and Royal London with frequent stops to soak up the atmosphere. Whether you are a local, or a visitor to London, you will find the London Landmarks Bike tour informative and fun with amazing facts and stories from your local native English speaking guides, that will give you a fresh perspective on the city.
You can discover all London has to offer on the Landmarks Bike Tour. The tour begins with meeting your guide and selecting your beautiful handbuilt British Pashley bicycles. Start by exploring the former palace gardens of Lambeth Palace, cycling along the river Thames, seeing Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament. You'll also see the hidden streets of Westminster, Westmisnter Abbey, Horseguards Parade, St. James Park, Buckingham Palace, Traflagr Square, Covent Garden, London Eye, the Southbank and the Banky Tunnel.
See the ever changing walls of a legal graffiti zone where artists such as Banksy have painted. Then try your own hand at street art and leave your mark on London! We provide spray paint.
This is our easiest-going tour and the best way to start your visit to London. Don't worry if you haven't ridden a bike in a while, our guides will have you feeling confident quickly.
You might be a Shoreditch regular or a first-timer. Maybe you live round the corner, in another city or even in another country. You might be a lone crawler or planning to bring a friend. Whoever you are, you’ll be welcome on this tour!
Shoreditch offers a unique mix of rich history, fashionable living and urban grit. Originally a centre for the textile and furniture industries, it’s now a magnet for students, hipsters and creatives who enjoy modern culture in a historic setting. And it’s justly famous for its nightlife, with dozens of comfy pubs, lively pubs and pulsating clubs just waiting to be discovered – ideally, all in one night. You’ll get to enjoy the very best of Shoreditch’s nightlife with a fantastic crowd of fellow pub-crawlers. A few snaps on the night will be taken that you can keep as souvenirs.
The crawl brings together travelers and locals looking for a night out with a difference. The pub crawl goes to 5 secret venues, in 5 hours with 5 free shots along the way.
You can expect dance-offs, limbo competitions, glow-paint makeovers, some messy-mayhem and that you'll meet and make new friends by the end of the night! You will experience a buzzing party-crowd together for an action-packed night with free entry to top West End venues. Quite simply, this is an awesome pub crawl experience!
The crawl, run by a group of very friendly and knowledgeable guides - takes guests from cool and quirky London bars to world famous London nightclubs, so there is something for everyone. With free shots, exclusive discounts on drinks, an event t-shirt and queue jump entry into each venue, you really can't go wrong here. Professional photographers are also on call to snap the action as it unfolds.
Experience the vibrant Shoreditch on this pub crawl with party loving guides, party with the hippest party people of the East End of London. Stopping off throughout the night at some of Shoreditch's varied and lively nightspots passing through the Mecca for the eclectic, artistic and gritty of London.
The pub crawl will take you to underground live music joints in Hoxton Square, Banksy inspired nightclubs in Rivington Street and independent bars off the beaten track of Kingsland Road! You will get amazing drinks deals and free shots throughout the night. Your night in the heart of London's creative playground will be filled with memories of the weird, the wonderful and urban adventures.
This pub crawl will highlight the best of Harry Potter’s magic and wizardry, a pub pub-crawl like no other walking through some of the best and oldest locations in London. Get ready for a truly spellbinding captivating tour to unravel the mystery of Harry Potter. This one-of-a-kind tour that explores the books and film bringing the books of JK Rowling to life offering a magical night out, full of surprises as well as stops in some of London’s oldest bars to discover not only the magic of Harry Potter but also some of England’s best beers and more.
See some of the best Harry Potter film locations under the backdrop of London at night while having a drink (not included) in some of London’s most historic pubs that are connected and steeped in the magical world of Harry Potter film locations in London city.
This is the only tour of its kind in London led by top rated local London 5 star guide providing an evening of unforgettable Harry Potter experience that is sure to delight every Harry Potter fan. A Harry Potter Quiz is included in tour that will truly inspire all our Harry Potter fans to share and find out more about their favorite Harry Potter characters and locations.
If you want a fun night out visiting the many bars, pubs, clubs of the West End, Shoreditch and Camden, then join this 7-hour pub crawl tour. Rain or shine, your fantastic guides will take you on a tour of London’s party-filled streets, stopping at the best venues along the way. Meet people and save money with free shots, exclusive drink discounts, and skip-the-line entry.
The night kicks off at Piccadilly Institute, a giant club with multiple themed rooms and fantastic discounted drinks, where your guides will be waiting for you outside with a spirited, orange “Pub Crawl” umbrella. Once you’ve picked up your wristband and free shot token, you’ll be taken inside to meet the other "Crawlers" to begin your night on the town. The evening is all about meeting new people, so keep your wristband visible so you can spot others and others can spot you. Say hello and strike up conversations with everyone, and prepare to party until the early hours.
Your awesome guides will let you know when the Pub Crawl will be moving to the next venue, as they mingle and get to know you. When it’s time to go, your guides will lead you right in the middle of the diverse and celebrated area of Soho. The short walk there takes you along Shaftesbury Avenue and right past all the huge West End theatrers . Then it’s off to the bars and clubs of Leicester Square, which is without a doubt the epicenter of London nightlife.
At each bar and club you get a free shot and drink discounts such as bottles of beer or single vodka mixers for a nominal charge that can be up to 50% off. By joining this tour, you’ll skip-the-line and forgo the usual entry fees which can be quite pricey.
Our Shoreditch pub crawl takes you off the beaten track to the up-and-coming hipster side of London. Here the graffiti-filled streets are home to absolutely loads of quirky bars and London party pub crawl will help you discover them as you dance and drown in cocktails! Shoreditch hasn’t yet made a global name for itself, but in London it’s the place to be. Come and check out a more local side of London. Drink, dance, and mingle!
Your cheeky, charming hosts for the night will be waiting for you outside of our first venue, The Shoreditch, holding a rather dashing, orange umbrella. Show your ticket, grab your wristband and free shot token, and you’re ready to begin the night and meet the other guests for the night! You’ll have time to start chatting and maybe indulge in a drink or two before your hosts whisk you away to your next venue where you will receive another free shot token and choice of drinks discounts.
First, you’ll explore a few of the bars around Shoreditch High Street before moving towards Old Street Station. Very soon you’ll start to understand the hipster scene taking off in east London. Graffiti walls, converted warehouses and cocktail shacks will surround you as you continue to mingle and dance the night away. Unlike other London areas the majority of visitors to Shoreditch are local, so you’ll be able to meet other people who live and work here.
As usual with us, you are going to save money! At each of the five venues you will receive a free shot and drinks discounts on a variety of drinks: beers, spirits and cocktails! Your amazing hosts will be mingling with you all night and getting you around safely to the venues, where you skip the queue and enter free. That’s how we roll. We’ll be taking photos all night too so you can relive them the following day.
Embrace the quirky, creative Camden Town
Camden leads the way in alternative nightlife culture in London, and London Party Pub Crawl will help you navigate it whilst having a fantastic night out. You'll meet a new band of brothers (& sisters!) for the night as you Crawl the streets of the famous Camden Town, all for ridiculously good value!
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Famous for its quirky street market and live music venues, Camden also boasts a huge range of bars and clubs, from traditional boozers and rock-metal haunts, to cocktail bars and converted horse stables - so get ready for some variety! Exit Camden Town tube station and get ready to embrace the rough-and-ready vibes of Camden at night as you make your way to the first venue. Outside you'll see our beaming hosts, holding a rather dashing orange umbrella, emblazoned with the words: PUB CRAWL ... now your night truly begins.Â
Show your ticket, grab your wristband and first free shot, and then jump inside, ready to mingle with your new pack for the night. After a few swift drinks you'll Crawl into the night over the cobbled streets of Camden Market to four more great venues, each getting bigger and louder, where the dance floors await ;)
After you've blasted through your free shots and made use of the great drinks deals all night, you'll become evermore benevolent with your new crew for the night, and ready to continue the party as you rock up at the final club. Our team of cheeky hosts will be with you the entire way to help your night go as smooth and fun as can be, and we'll be taking pictures throughout so you can just roll with it and enjoy the moment. Camden is definitely one of the major drinking areas of London, and we're certain that after a London Party Pub Crawl, you'll have a new favourite spot to go to. See you there!
Pubs and beer are a symbol of British society and tradition as much as tea and cakes and fish and chips. But beyond the stereotypes, do you know what lies behind the tradition of beer and pubs? This 3-hour London Beer and Brewery Tour offers a new perspective and appreciation of beer as we enjoy ample tastings at various pubs and breweries located in the East End London area. Led by a trained food anthropologist with expertise in the beer and brewing industry, we’ll focus on the history of brewing in London, highlighting beer’s evolution from a dietary staple, to the almost lost tradition of cask ales, to today’s renaissance of craft beer and brewing.
Our walk, led by a food anthropologist and beer expert, travels through the hip East End of London (also the subject of our London East End Tour), stopping in at a select group of breweries, pubs and beer bars like the Crown and Shuttle and Brewdog, allowing us to become Londoners for a few hours. The exact stops and presentation will vary depending on the docent and group; we may visit what was once the largest brewery in the country, known today as Truman, Hanbury, and Buxton, and discuss the history of brewing in London. Here we can also learn about the history of the East End of London more generally, and how it has changed over time, noting how the culinary and cultural landscape has shifted with the arrival of new immigrants and social groups.
We will discuss the reemergence of brewing, the recent craft beer movement, and the ways in which brewers are experimenting with old recipes to reinvent, redefine, and recreate traditional beer styles. We may also stop in one of London's top gastropubs. Here we'll discuss the pairing of beer and cheese, while sampling some traditional British cheeses along with other specialties.
Along the way, we will sample a range of British and local beers to experience the diversity of the country’s brewing industry. We will examine how all of these products fit into the British diet, along with other culinary traditions and philosophies. At the end of the walk, we will have gained an understanding of the significance of beer in British history, including its contribution to diet, its social status, and the decline and rebirth of the brewing industry in England.
Please note any food allergies or intolerances in the Notes box when booking.
Food enthusiasts, we suggest you also take a look at our London Food TourLondon Food Tour.
Where do we meet? Where does it end?
Generally speaking, the walk begins and ends in the Shoreditch neighborhood. Your confirmation email will have the exact meeting point details along with a map, and 24 hour phone number for any last minute issues.
What if it’s raining?
Tours operate rain or shine. There is some walking in between pubs, but the vast majority of this tour takes place indoors.
Can children join this tour?
The legal drinking age in the UK is 18. Under 18s are allowed on private bookings, but they can not drink.
Is this a walking intensive tour?
This walk covers less than 1 mile overall. There are plenty of opportunities to sit, and use the bathroom if needed. One of the bars we visit only has a bathroom on second floor, which requires walking up a flight of stairs. The other bars have ground floor bathrooms.
Explore one of the world's most iconic entertainment districts, where the rich and famous have rubbed shoulders with the down-and-out for over 300 years, on this 2.5-hour small-group walking tour of London's Soho. Along the way you'll stop at four iconic pubs (own expense), and walk in the footsteps of some of the world's most famous actors, musicians, and writers as you visit locations from Soho Square to Chinatown to London's red light district.
Meet your local guide and friendly small group at Piccadilly Circus at 2pm, for this deep dive into the alleyways, courtyards, and byways of London's Soho neighborhood. Besides landmarks like St. Anne's Church, the French House, Chinatown, and Soho Square, you'll find out where the famous and infamous lived, worked, and played.
Stop at the club where Marilyn Monroe used a double to escape the paparazzi. Step into London’s red light district and learn about the 'English Hugh Hefner', who brought the sex industry to town. Discover which world leader established his World War II headquarters at the French House, and why there are statues of noses found all over the capital.
Find out where Karl Marx lived and wrote sections of Das Kapital, visit pubs frequented by George Orwell, and admire the former home of the legendary lover Casanova.
A trip through Soho is a trip through musical history. See the house where Mozart lived as a child prodigy. Visit a venue where legends like Jimi Hendrix played, and see Paul McCartney's business premises on Soho Square. Your last stop will be a bar made famous by John Lennon and Eric Clapton – Keith Moon from The Who was banned from here for life.
The tour finishes at 4:30pm. Feel free to accompany your guide back to Piccadilly Circus or continue exploring Soho's pubs and nightlife at your own pace.
Enjoy a quintessentially English experience on this 3-hour walking tour of London’s finest historic pubs. Visit some of the city’s oldest and most famous pubs, and learn about the brewing process while sampling two craft beers. Hear tales about legendary patrons while soaking in the authentic atmosphere of three distinct establishments.
Meet your guide and fellow tour participants on the steps of St. Paul’s Cathedral. Then, enjoy a brief walk to your first stop, The Centre Page, one of London’s oldest surviving alehouses.
The Centre Page has gone by the past names of “The Horn Tavern,” “The Horn Coffee House,” and “The Bugell,” and is referenced in the 1663 diary of Samuel Pepys and the Charles Dickens literary classic, The Pickwick Papers. British-born Guy Fawkes was also known to frequent the pub, and was said to have conducted a meeting within its cellar walls.
Next, cross the Millennium Bridge and pass by the Tate Modern and Shakespeare's Globe Theatre as you walk to Anchor Bankside, a 17th-century pub situated on the banks of the Thames River. Shakespeare himself supposedly enjoyed a pint of ale or two within the walls of the Anchor, a place that has been used as a tavern, brewery, and ship’s chandler. It’s also played host to a wealth of other notable patrons including Dr. Samuel Johnson, another of England’s best-known literary figures.
The pub contains a room dedicated to The Clink Prison, a prison located nearby along the aptly named Clink Street. Pass it en route to your next stop, the Old Thameside Inn. You will also see the remains of the Palace of Winchester, one of the largest and most important buildings in medieval London.
History oozes from the great beams and ancient brickwork of the Old Thameside Inn, formerly an old spice warehouse. Once inside, enjoy three samples of local beer while learning about the brewing process and sitting in the midst of a a life-size replica of Sir Francis Drake’s famous ship, The Golden Hind. At the end of your tour feel free to stay on in the Old Thameside Inn and enjoy a wide selection of ales or quality pub food, all served with a generous measure of British hospitality.
If you’re heading back toward St Paul’s Cathedral by way of the London Bridge underground stop, don’t miss the views of Southwark Cathedral along with the wide-ranging stalls of Borough Market.
Arrange your private pub tour and let the charismatic pub tour leader take care of the rest! The tour normally starts around 3pm. Your guide is an expert on the London pub scene, beer and alcohol history as well as local architecture and British customs (having written books on all five subjects). The guide is a former Beer Sommeliers of the Year and makes regular appearances on British television and radio to discuss the subject.
Visit four delightful pubs within the historic City of London at Holborn, Black Friars, and Fleet Street - each one unique and full of history. Visit a Victorian gin palace; an art nouveau public house that resembles a medieval hall and is the only one of its kind in the world; plus a Restoration ale-house – rebuilt in 1667 after it burned down in the Great Fire of London.
Your group will sit down for a complimentary half-pint in each London pub to soak up the atmosphere, and listen to fascinating anecdotes relating to the pubs and surrounding areas. A half-pint of beer or cider per person in each pub is included in the tour price, and your expert guide is happy to recommend which beer or cider to choose. A mini-tutored tasting will be given, advising on the aroma, flavor and body of your chosen ale.
If you're looking for a private tour which includes history, fun and character to go with your pint, then this is the perfect tour for you.
A walking tour to historic pubs in London with a chance to sample a local beer/ale, soft drink or tea/coffee in unique and historic surroundings as you learn about the history of the pub and locale.
A Pub Crawl, so named in the finest English tradition because in the old days and indeed not so old days, pub drinkers would stop off for a drink at as many pubs as they could until they were reduced to crawling between venues.
Whilst we won’t be going there, this traditional pub walk will visit some of the finest old pubs in London. Each one with a very different atmosphere and history but all sharing a fine offering of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks in a wonderful building.
From the fringes of the East End, we will visit pubs in Clerkenwell and Farringdon before visiting some truly historic pubs in Holborn and Lincoln’s Inn Fields.
Enjoy a pint or 1/2 pint of beer/ale or soft drink such as coke/lemonade or orange juice... tea or coffee in every pub we visit in this private guided tour.
This private tour of historic London pubs takes us to several famous and infamous old pubs in some very different parts of London. Get to experience London like a local, enjoy traditional drinks in very authentic locations.
This private guided tour of 5 historic London pubs will take us to some of the most historic and traditional pubs in London. However they are all in very different locations and neighbourhoods, joined together by easy London Underground trips.
Though all very different, they all share fascinating and unique histories as well as providing a wide range of quality traditional drinks in a very authentic London atmosphere.
Get away from the tourist and get to experience London as we Londoners enjoy it. Visit places you wouldn't otherwise see and learn some interesting history on these less visited parts of our wonderful city.
In each pub as well as a great atmosphere and interesting neighbourhood and hopefully conversation too... you get to choose from a wide selection of traditional local beers and ales. Of course soft drinks, juices and teas/coffees are also available for those of us that don't have hollow legs which includes your guide of course!
Meet your guide in Fitzrovia in the afternoon, then start your tour with a traditional British pub quiz. Test your knowledge of Britain’s literary scene, then head onward through the City of London to further your knowledge.
During your tour, sample a selection of British beers (own expense) and meet a lifelike incarnation of Charles Dickens to hear what he has to say! Visit sites frequented by great 19th- and 20th-century poets and writers including Brendan Behan, Anthony Burgess, Karl Marx, George Orwell, Dylan Thomas, and Virginia Woolf.
Watch re-enactments of key moments in Britain’s literary history — such as the moment Dylan Thomas met his future wife Caitlin — and hear of the incidents and mishaps that shaped some of British literature’s most famous works.
Discover some of the places that have inspired more modern songwriters and artists like Paul McCartney and Damien Hirst, and enjoy book and poetry readings along the way. Afterward, finish your walking tour at The Coach and Horses pub in Soho, central London.
On August 27, 1896, Britain declared war on its protectorate Zanzibar, where a pretender to the Sultanate had just siezed power.
At 9:02am, British ships in the habor began shelling the would-be Sultan's palace.
By 9:40, the shelling had stopped, the palace was on fire, and the pretender's flag had been cut down.
At 38 minutes, the Anglo-Zanzibar War remains the shortest war on record.
Some 500 Zanzibaris were killed.
One British Petty Officer was wounded.