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Small-Group Tour: Historical Pub Walking Tour of London
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Small-Group Tour: Historical Pub Walking Tour of London

By Liquid History Tours
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Get a local's perspective of London on a guided walking tour that introduces you to several of the city's most historic alehouses. Try local brews (own expense), see city sights, and hear stories of the legendary figures who were known to enjoy a few pints in the very same spots. The group is limited to 14 people for an intimate experience.
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Ages 18-99, max of 14 per group
Duration:
3h 30m
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Ticket type:
Mobile
English

Highlights
  • Visit centuries-old pubs of cultural significance in a walking tour of London
  • Hear tales of the famous personalities who frequented these spots
  • Get insider tips and recommendations from your guide
  • Small group size ensures personalized attention
Travellers’ Choice Best of the Best
2022

  • Local guide
What's not included
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities

Meet your guide and small group in Central London. Admire such attractions as St. Paul's Cathedral and a one-time Shakespearian playhouse while walking toward your first stop. Order a pint (own expense) in Blackfriars, one of London's oldest pubs, frequented by many members of London's banking industry who work nearby. Listen as your guide recounts tales of the local neighborhood. Then, head to Fleet Street, famously the center of Britain's journalism industry, for a drink at a local boozer. Afterward, slip down a side street into a 17th-century pub. Choose from a wide selection of ales and ciders on tap (own expense) and hear tales of the literary greats who frequented that very space—Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Charles Dickens, and Alfred Tennyson, to name just a few. End your tour at the edged of Covent Garden with plenty of time (and inside tips) to continue the fun at another local pub.

Departure details
  • 30 Newgate St, London EC4M 7EJ, UK Outside ST.PAUL'S UNDERGROUND STATION (EXIT 2) Meet outside Caffe Nero on Panyer Alley
Return details
  • 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

  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 5452DRINK

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Minimum age is 18 years
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 14 travellers

  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

A note from Small-Group Tour: Historical Pub Walking Tour of London
  • Reduced group size of maximum 8 people Consumption of drinks outside pubs available in designated spaces
What you can expect during your visit
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.

Which attractions will I visit with Small-Group Tour: Historical Pub Walking Tour of London?
How much is Small-Group Tour: Historical Pub Walking Tour of London?
Small-Group Tour: Historical Pub Walking Tour of London price starts from €30.79. Discover and book Small-Group Tour: Historical Pub Walking Tour of London on Tripadvisor
What is the Small-Group Tour: Historical Pub Walking Tour of London cancellation policy?
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Which company provides Small-Group Tour: Historical Pub Walking Tour of London?
Small-Group Tour: Historical Pub Walking Tour of London is hosted by Liquid History Tours. Read reviews, discover additonal experiences or contact Liquid History Tours on Tripadvisor. Discover and book Small-Group Tour: Historical Pub Walking Tour of London on Tripadvisor

If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 5452DRINK

Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    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
    See address & details
  • Pass by
    St. Paul's Cathedral
  • 1
    Blackfriars Bridge
    Stop: 15 minutes
    See details
    Pass by
    St Bride's Church
    Fleet Street
    Dr. Johnson's House
    Prince Henry's Room
  • 2
    The Old Bank of England Pub
    Stop: 20 minutes
    See details
    Pass by
    Royal Courts of Justice
    Lincoln's Inn
    Sir John Soane's Museum
  • 3
    Princess Louise
    Stop: 20 minutes
    See details
    Pass by
    Covent Garden
  • You'll end at
    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
    See address & details
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About the operator

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Exploration371508
Exploration371508
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St Pauls Pub Tour
This tour was the best that I have been on. The guide was relaxed, and informative whilst telling me facts and figu
ayeshaq157
ayeshaq157
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Excellent tour - Lyndon is excellent!
We booked the tour for a friend's birthday - it was an amazing, funny entertaining evening with some weird and wond
danielgY5479LS
danielgY5479LS
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Histories Mysteries Long Live the King
Lyndon from London is Legend. Dragons, unicorns, Ghosts, and all the ale. Legend mate. Made a wedding weekend a
Dmayars
Dmayars
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The Perfect Intro
This tour was a perfect introduction to London. We booked it for our first day, straight from the airport and it ex
D2208ZScharlottew
D2208ZScharlottew
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Fantastic private tour with Lyndon
We came for a work event and Lyndon was excellent. It was such a fantastic afternoon, very informative but also fun
bexigem2022
bexigem2022
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Well worth doing
This was really good. Our guide was Linden and he was great he spoke clearly and was very knowledgable. We did it a
S9612HApaulc
S9612HApaulc
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Tour of the most interesting pubs.
John was extremely knowledgable and easy to talk to. He tailored the tour to our interests and made sure that we e
206sammc
206sammc
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History of London enjoyed with a Pint or two
A Great afternoon spent travelling rarely visited streets that are filled with so much History. Our guide Lyndon w
A2366UBbrandonb
A2366UBbrandonb
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Great tour
Mark was an excellent tour guide. It was lots of fun drinking and learning about London. It was fun.
Guide578560
Guide578560
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Liquid history pub tour
Will was a wonderful guide. enjoyed walking through less travelled areas of London and visiting some wonderful pubs
tracyg301
tracyg301
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Private historical walking tour - fantastic !
We had the best time with Kevin! We had a 12 day vacation and this was for sure one of the highlights. We would hig
885jerrye
885jerrye
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A 4 pub history lesson
Mark certainly knows his stuff excellent experience made better by his friendly demeanour learnt a lot about our ca
HertfordshireThinker
HertfordshireThinker
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A really enjoyable walk, we learned a great deal of detail, wonderful!
Finding out so much detail from our excellent guide Wil! He made the walk so interesting and everyone enjoyed it!
Q5137OManner
Q5137OManner
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A stroll, a drink and good company
Will was a great tour guide. Learnt lots of stuff about London history related to pubs. It seems we Brits have been
wendymJ7485RO
wendymJ7485RO
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Liquid History Tour
Will was friendly, professional and extremely knowledgeable on the history of sites visited on this tour. Thoroughl
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Alan Jackson
Langley City, Canada37 contributions
Myself, my wife, and our moms all thoroughly enjoyed this tour. It is a fantastic way to visit some great pubs, and to learn some quirky history about London. The groups are kept small enough that the tour feels more like a group of friends visiting the pub than it does a tour.

I'm sure the pubs visited vary on each tour, but you are certain to visit some truly historic and culturally important pubs, with time enough to enjoy a pint in each one. Or two, if you're quick enough. You'll learn about the history of the pub, or the building it's in, perhaps a ghost story or two, and tales of famous customers who may (or may not) have frequented the pub in days gone by.

Our guide, Kevin, was superb. Full of insight into the history of pub culture, the quirky history of the locations visited, and more than willing to answer any questions, or just have a friendly chat over a pint. A lovely bloke, even if he is an Arsenal supporter.

I cannot recommend this tour highly enough, especially to those with in an interest in pub culture, or even an interest in the history of London in general. A fantastic way to spend an afternoon in London.
Written 2 June 2022
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LiquidHistoryTours
A remarkable day out considering Kevin is a Gooner, but let's not hold that against him too much! Lovely review and thanks for joining. Cheers!
Written 3 June 2022
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Tania B
Brighton29 contributions
Couples
What a fantastic way to spend an afternoon in London. We were given this as a gift and the whole booking experience was seamless John send confirmation and all the details we needed to enjoy our afternoon. Our tour guide Dave was amazing, he was witty, funny but so knowledgeable he took us to some amazing pubs with great beer telling us interesting facts and funny stories about the pubs history. Dave interacted really well with all of our group, ranging from oldies like us to young couples on holiday from far away shores. Dave gave each couple the time to ask questions and he answered them all expertly! Book this tour if you want to find and visit pubs off the tourist spots and really enjoy the history behind them. You may be lucky enough to have Dave as your guide a really lovely afternoon. Thanks Dave Tania and Steve.
Written 12 April 2022
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Amanda G
Portland, OR1 contribution
Friends
I’ve never really been someone that likes beer to begin with so I thought that this tour was a bit of a risk for me, but I was pleasantly surprised! Although it is designed as a Liquid History tour, you don’t have to drink if you don’t want to. The walk is approximately 2 miles, but it doesn’t seem that long as you are stopping quite consistently along the way. Each of the pubs that we stopped at was unique and had their own interesting little historical tidbits. I loved hearing that this tour is versatile with a list of about 50 pubs that your can go and visit on trips with them again later! Our tour guide, Chris, was just an absolute delight. Not only because of the witty tongue-in-cheek humor that he maintained through the tour, but also because of how genuine he was. It was apparent that he really enjoys these pubs, the industry, and sharing them with others. More over, I think this tour has a little extra charm because Chris took the time to answer any questions we had about the city, the pubs, activities, directions, etc.; to really ensure the we all were going to have a great time in London. I highly recommend for anyone to just have a light hearted afternoon walking around (if possible, have Chris as your guide). I will definitely be back!
Written 12 May 2022
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LiquidHistoryTours
Wonderful review for Chris. Thanks for joining us and taking the time to share such wonderful words about the walk. Cheers!
Written 12 May 2022
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Carl Winstanley
1 contribution
Couples
The group met up at the designated place and almost immediately the group leader ‘Wil’ stopped us outside St Paul’s Cathedral and provided a brief description and some snippets of info which we didn’t expect until we proceeded to the first pub the ‘Blackfriar’. Our group of about 10 in total were good company and fellow pub lovers and seemed mainly from the US and Canada. Wil was very approachable and knowledgeable and put us all at ease and was also familiar with the array of beverages available at each pub.

In between the pubs we were also treated to commentaries at places such as Samuel Johnson’s house, Lincoln Inn fields including the shop which makes judges wigs and robes and will be making Charles 3rd’s coronation robes. The second pub I can’t recall it’s name , but we had reserved tables and we were made very welcome by the genial host who was very proud of his ‘gin palace’ which had an array of beers, gins and wines on offer.

Next pub up was the Lady Louise which had great decor and atmosphere and our final destination was the Ship , my favourite. By then it felt as though we were with old friends and a party atmosphere developed.

Eventually we had to leave the amiable Wil and our new friends in the Ship but would’ve stayed out for a couple of more drinks if hadn’t been meeting up with our daughter for dinner. I highly recommend this Liquid History tour in which you learn a little bit of local history , get to meet new people from other parts of the world and of course, enjoy a few glasses of something nice in convivial surroundings.
Written 19 September 2022
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LiquidHistoryTours
Thanks for the thorough review and great to hear that you enjoyed the informal history, good walk and a few drinks along the way. Cheers!
Written 20 September 2022
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Tiffany J
1 contribution
Friends
The best part about the tour was how well the group bonded throughout the excursion. We had people from Denmark, America, India, and Canada, and the dynamics within the group were very positive. Our tour guide, Wil, took us on a behind-the-scenes street tour to show us out of the way places we would never have found in our own, and he took the time to sit and visit with each person individually—recommending other haunts and must-sees throughout the city.
Written 15 July 2022
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LiquidHistoryTours
Just like going to the pub with old friends. Cheers!
Written 16 July 2022
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Selena M
Bedford, UK8 contributions
Friends
Tour was booked as a surprise by a friend for myself and 5 others nearly 2 years ago and pushed back and back due to covid. Finally managed to get a date booked in with my girl friends, we had Will who was great informative at the right pitch for the mix of group to both British and over seas visitors, never felt rushed to drink up and Will made sure he got round and spoke to all of the group. Thank you Will for a lovely couple of hours
Written 6 July 2022
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LiquidHistoryTours
All good things come to those who wait. Thanks for joining us and enjoying the afternoon. Cheers!
Written 6 July 2022
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KCe
7 contributions
As an ex History teacher and with an interest in beer and the old pubs of London, (of which I had very little knowledge ),this was a fantastic way to spend a Friday afternoon amidst the buzz of the City. Hats off to our Guide, Kevin, whose humour knowledge and presentation skills made everyone feel relaxed and at home.
I've led loads of groups of adults and kids around places like my home city of Liverpool ,Manchester and The Western Front .It was obvious he had done his research and had a love for, and interest in, the subject matter.
The group had a real mix of people from all over the World (in fact, my son and I were the only Brits there) and we all had a great time. Plus, I was the only other Kevin present!
We started at St Pauls at 2 and finished in The Olde Cheshire Cheese ,off Fleet Street, at 5.30 (what an amazing, iconic pub that is!)
In fact, we stayed on drinking in the Cheese with a hearty group of friendly American tourists and even went on to have a few more drinks at the nearby Seven Stars. We had such a good time we hadn't realised that it was nearly ten o clock when we got on the Tube back for the Hotel !
Written 26 June 2022
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LiquidHistoryTours
Not sure what the collective noun for a group of Kevin's is, but we'll do some further research over a pint or three. Cheers to you!
Written 26 June 2022
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Sealy C
Charlotte, NC3 contributions
This was an overall wonderful experience and everything that I didn't know I wanted/needed in a pub tour. Dave was hilarious, his comedic timing was unmatched, and it felt as if he tailored the stories and jokes to the group (even if it was his standard spiel, it didn't feel that way). Our group felt that it was the perfect mix of history and anecdotes. We had done another tour the day prior that was more formal and history-based, so it was very fun to hear similar information with a different twist.

There is quite a lot of walking (it is a walking tour, of course), but at no point did I feel hustled, rushed, or that we were struggling to keep up.

It’s also good to note that there was no point along this tour that I felt pressure to drink at the pubs. Often on pub tours/bar crawls, there is pressure to imbibe at each stop, but that was not the case at all. We could order an alcoholic beverage, non-alcoholic beverage, or nothing at all, and it didn’t matter. It was nice to be able to patronize local establishments as well as try their different offerings.

I would definitely recommend this tour to anyone visiting London, and I will look to rebook on my next holiday as I have no doubt it would be a blast.
Written 30 June 2022
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LiquidHistoryTours
Lovely review and look forward to sharing your second stroll on your return. Cheers!
Written 30 June 2022
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Karl S
Birmingham, UK8 contributions
Friends
I treated my friend to the Liquid London Pub tour for her birthday in September, I enjoyed this tour some years earlier but for my friend it was her first guided tour. We both thoroughly enjoyed our afternoon, it was the perfect balance in terms of learning about historical buildings and enjoying drinks in some fine pubs that were steeped in history. The tour guide, Mark Wimmers, was wonderful, his knowledge knew no bounds and I loved the way that he introduced a blend of humour and fascinating insight into the history of this great city. Mark was a brilliant charasmatc tour guide, if only my history teachers at school had made my lessons as interesting as Mark did I might have left with a decent history grade. Thank you for a memorable and enjoyable experience. Karl
Written 21 October 2021
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LiquidHistoryTours
Thanks Karl for such a cracking review and joining us again for our trundle down Tippling Street. Look forward to another stroll. Cheers!
Written 23 October 2021
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Shane d
Guernsey, UK2 contributions
Our excellent guide, Kevin, took us through 'old' City of London's landmarks and 4 of its very different but all significant pubs and their famous patrons. 3 of those 4, (the Blackfriar, The Punch, The Old Bank of England) I will definitely be re-visiting. 

For anyone concerned, it's not a grueling walk. Even for me, with a dodgy knee, on a hot day (28C), it wasn't taxing and we frequently stopped to listen to the guide (in the shade). It's not a pub crawl either; pub stops are long enough for 1 pint, unless you're really going for it, and no obligation to do so either. We had a very civilised group. 🙂

I visit London every year or two and always look for a new way to explore with any kind of active guided tour that isn't a bus tour. London Kayak Company, Thames Rockets (or others) RIB tours and Fat Tire Bike tours are all very good and this Liquid Tours pub tour now sits with those on my list of favourites.

It all made me think how pubs are so much part of our culture and we need to cherish them. Use 'em or lose 'em as the saying goes.

Great way to spend a few hours in this historic part of London usually not explored.

Cheers 🍻

Written 20 June 2022
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LiquidHistoryTours
"When you have lost your inns, drown your empty selves, for you will have lost the last of England.” ~ Cheers!
Written 20 June 2022
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