Hidden Pubs of London

Greater London, United Kingdom

Experience hosted by Dave, John & Alfie (The Dog)

  1. 3.5 hours
  2. Hosted in English

What you'll do

Join us for a 3hr historical stumble down the "street of shame". Starting in the shadow of the iconic St.Paul's cathedral, we explore the tiny backstreets and rambling courtyards the ancient City of London is famous for. We follow in the drunken footsteps of literary greats including Dickens, Shakespeare, Pepys & Johnson whilst pausing for a drink in at least 4 of the most historic pubs dating as far back as the 1500's. From discovering art nouveau gems to glamorous Victorian gin palaces we enjoy a variety of pub styles and breweries along the way. It's not a prescriptive tour, so you choose & pay for your drinks along the way. We're here to offer recommendations, and you can often "sip before you sup" with a few tasters on request from the bars along the way. This allows you to indulge as much or as little as you desire! Non-drinkers can soak up the history, and wine & gin-lovers are also well catered for. We usually finish up on the edge of Covent Garden perfect for theatre-land, restaurants and of course more pubs including one that claims to be the most haunted in London!
Other things to note
Guests are recommended to be over 18 years of age to enjoy the walk at its best. Anyone lucky enough to look under 25 years of age should bring photo ID.
N.B. We have a small number of hosts running these walks so you might be meeting up with Chris, Mark, Wil or Kevin
Join us for a 3hr historical stumble down the "street of shame". Starting in the shadow of the iconic St.Paul's cathedral, we explore the tiny backstreets and rambling courtyards the ancient City of London is famous for. We follow in the drunken footsteps of literary greats including Dickens, Shakespeare, Pepys & Johnson whilst pausing for a drink in at least 4 of the most historic pubs dating as far back as the 1500's. From discovering art nouve…

Meet your Host, Dave, John & Alfie (The Dog)

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With over 8 years experience leading historic pub tours, and a forthcoming illustrated guide to London's Top 50 pubs to be published in early 2020, you're sure to enjoy a truly historic afternoon with us exploring London's liquid history.
We are John, Dave, Chris & Alfie (the dog) and are a small group of creative Londoners including award-winning designers, novelists & craft brewers sharing a few hours of London's liquid history alongside a few brews. A tongue in cheek, irreverent tour walking through the city's great history with a few cracking pub stops along the way. Cheers!
With over 8 years experience leading historic pub tours, and a forthcoming illustrated guide to London's Top 50 pubs to be published in early 2020, you're sure to enjoy a truly historic afternoon with us exploring London's liquid history.
We are John, Dave, Chris & Alfie (the dog) and are a small group of creative Londoners including award-winning designers, novelists & craft brewers sharing a few hours of London's liquid history alongside a few brews. A tongue in cheek, irreverent tour wal…
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Where you'll be

Sights passed include:
- St.Paul's cathedral (Wren's iconic masterpiece)
- Fleet Street (The Street of Shame...home to journalists & legal eagles)
- The wedding cake church (St.Bride's)
- Pass through the ancient heart of legal London
- Hear the legend of Sweeney Todd
- Royal Courts of Justice
- Sir John Soanes Museum
- 4-5 historic pubs incl. art nouveau gems, ancient alehouses, backstreet boozers, grand banking halls & Victorian gin palaces

Rated 4.93 out of 5 from 170 reviews.

Emily
January 2022
We had a great time! The guide was really knowledgeable and friendly. Even though we live in London, we learned loads and we were introduced to some great new pubs.
Tudor Radu
January 2022
We were lucky that three out of the four pubs were almost empty. There was only for of us (including Mark, our guide) and we've learned so much about London, the surrounding areas and even the history of the pubs where we were booked to go. Thanks to this experience, I've established an amicable relationship with a couple of New Yorkers (first time I've properly met Americans). If you're in London and you don't know what to do, you can book this and you'll not regret it. Maybe even establish some friendships with fellow tourists in London.
Lydia
January 2022
Absolutely amazing, learnt so much and our tour guide Wil was brilliant and very friendly. Will definitely recommend it to anyone and will be going back for the Camden tour!
Kassandra
December 2021
It was very fun. The only thing I wish it could have been longer. Dave was so knowledgeable and entertaining. The places he took us to were incredible and I hope to be back in London one day to spend more time in each pub.
Vanessa
December 2021
Had such a terrific time learning about London's hidden secrets! We visited places you would never think to go unless you're in the know. Will was a fabulous host and made everyone in the group feel welcome. Thanks so much!
Meredith
December 2021
A one of a kind tour! In addition to learning about a variety of historic pubs, we also received information about the city that I had not learned on any other tours. It felt very unique and definitely worth my time!

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Things to know

Guest requirements

Guests must be of legal drinking age to be served alcohol.
Guests ages 18 and up can attend, up to 10 guests total.
All participants must wear a protective face covering and practice social distancing.

What to bring

Money for drinks & snacks along the way
Good pair of walking shoes
Comfy warm clothing
Sense of humour goes a long way...

Cancellation policy

Cancel up to 7 days before the Experience start time for a full refund, or within 24 hours of booking as long as the booking is made more than 48 hours before the start time.