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Walking Pub Tour Of London

Take a fabulous guided tour of London's loveliest pubs and drink in the unbeatable atmosphere of England's capital city!

Price for 2 participants

This guided walking tour of London for two will take you to some of its most charming and atmospheric pubs, giving you and a lucky companion a chance to, quite literally, drink in the capital's fabulous, vibrant atmosphere!

This 2 mile walking tour is led by an experienced, friendly, and very knowledgeable guide who will regale you with tales of the city as you walk from pub to pub. Among the noteworthy pubs you'll pass by are London’s oldest pub, its only art nouveau pub, and its last standing galleried coaching inn. You will see the very first place that Guinness was ever served outside of Ireland, as well as the favoured watering holes of such literary greats as Dickens and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and you'll hear some of the ghoulish tales of Sweeney Todd as you pass by the Old Bank Of England. During this you you'll taste some of London's best local ales, and get a spooky pint in the pub at Holborn Station - the most haunted pub in London, and over 500 years old. The tour finishes just around the corner from Covent Garden, so if you want to go shopping (or continue visiting some local pubs), you have plenty of choices just a walk away!

You don't have to be a tourist in London to enjoy this walking pub tour of the city - if you know some Londoners that might enjoy a fresh perspective on their city, why not treat them to a fun day of London pub touring?!


You must be at least 18 years of age to participate in the walking tour of London pubs. If you look young, bring a valid ID with you!
This is a half day tour that consists of visiting at least 4 pubs, lasting approximately 3 hours in total - starting at 14:00 and finishing at 17:00.
This tour is not suitable for non-paying guests.

Maximum Group Size: 14 participants.
This London pub tour is available on selected dates throughout the year.

From 2016, tours will run as follows:
1st Jan - 30th Apr: Wed, Sat & Sun
1st May - 30th Sept: Wed, Fri, Sat & Sun
1st Nov - 31st Dec: Wed, Sat & Sun

Tours usually depart at 2pm and finish at approximately 5pm.

Bookings should be made in advance and are subject to availability.
Wear something comfortable and smart-but-casual! Dress appropriately for the weather on the say of your booked London pub tour.
If the tour is cancelled due to severe weather conditions, you will be able to reschedule for an alternative date.
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11042213_10206171599994204_270482591_nThere is plenty to see and do in London, and with hundreds of pubs and cafés round every corner, you’re never far from a cosy place to rest your feet after a long day of sightseeing. But did you know most of these pubs have their own unique, fascinating history? We were off to find out by joining the Walking Pub Tour Of London, organised by the brilliant Mind The Gap Tours.

 

11051054_10206171599954203_1151632665_nMeeting at London Bridge station, 14 of us were guided along a short walk to our first pub. Our tour guide, George, was thoroughly knowledgeable and gave us a delightfully enthusiastic history of iconic London landmarks on the way.

The first pub on the tour was The George, and I was astounded by the size of it. The George was in an ideal location just off Borough Market, and the ales were divine! I sampled two of the IPA’s; my favourite being the Goose Island which had a refreshing fruity twist. Finishing our pints we headed to the next pub.

11026624_10206171598114157_295929472_nGeorge continued to divulge us in unique facts about London as we headed towards the Thames. We walked across the infamous ‘Harry Potter’ bridge (AKA the Millennium Bridge) and I happened to notice everyone taking pictures of their feet… Or were they? Looking closer, there were tiny paintings on the ground! George informed us that it was the work of Ben Wilson, an artist who simply paints chewing gum he finds on the ground. He avoids doing anything illegal by painting on top of litter which is already there – very clever!

1976917_10206171594194059_3402946890136442246_n - CopyThe next pub we went to had my favourite name - The Cockpit. George informed us it was called this colourful name because there used to be cock and dog fighting matches around the area in the 17th century. The pub was very 70’s authentic; you could almost see the cigarette smoke still floating around the red-velvet seats. Fun fact - Shakespeare used to live upstairs! Following The Cockpit, we headed to The Blackfriars, one of the first Art Nouveau pubs in London. The dining room was ecclesiastical in design, it was absolutely beautiful – and the drinks were good too!

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Afterwards, we headed to Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese that was just incredibly unique - to a non-Londoner anyway. Those who are over 5ft 5” might struggle a bit with the stairs, but it’s definitely worth it. Considering we were sat in what was essentially the cellar, it was lovely and warm.

 

11026029_10206171593834050_2654960536164817392_nThe next pub on the tour was called The Seven Stars and was dramatically busier than the others, mostly because we were approaching after-work hours. George informed us that the owner, Roxy Beaujolais, was cat-crazy - he wasn’t wrong. The first thing I noticed was a beautiful black and white cat taking up a whole chair with about 30 other people standing around! It had a ruff around its neck, which made it only more adorable! But enough about the cat. This pub was considerably smaller than the other pubs we had visited but had a bubbly and lively atmosphere. We could have continued on to a couple more pubs, however time was a restriction for us, so our pub adventure had to unfortunately end there.

The London Pub Tour is an exciting way to explore London, passing many historical elements and guided by an incredibly enthusiastic tour guide. It was a truly enjoyable, once-in-a-lifetime experience. If local, it is a brilliant way of getting to know the pubs around you! If you’re a tourist, it is a unique experience of London which gives you the freedom to wander about the pubs, perfectly combining educational elements with social frivolity – and of course a lot of drinking!

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