Visit four pubs and learn all about London's sordid past during this two hour walking tour!
- London (London)
- Gift Voucher valid for 2 Participants
Throughout the centuries, the capital has played host to its fair share of nefarious characters and unsavoury events. Today, many of its darkest secrets lie smothered amid soaring concrete, steel and glass – though you’ll find echoes remain for those only curious enough to listen. Venture from the well-trodden path, and discover pubs whose walls still resound with the city’s forgotten gossip, laughter and screams…
The tour departs from Farringdon Station and includes visits to four historic public houses – among them an authentic gin palace with a lascivious past, and the sixteenth century tavern where Queen Elizabeth I danced around a cherry tree. Along the way, you’ll pass the former sites of London’s largest execution ground, plague pits, and even a market where disgruntled husbands could sell their wives. For two hours, your engaging guide will regale you with stories of each location, as together you stalk the ghosts of publicans, prostitutes, bodysnatchers, and the dubiously-named ‘Scratching Fanny’ of Cock Lane.
The London Seven Deadly Sins Pub Tour will delight black-humoured locals and tourists alike. An Experience Days voucher makes a truly unique gift for your favourite drinking buddy.
The Seven Deadly Sins Pub tour operates on selected Thursdays at 19:30 pm.
Current Available Dates:
15th February 2018
15th March 2018
19th April 2018
17th May 2018
21st June 2018
19th July 2018
All dates are subject to availability, so please book as early as possible to avoid disappointment.
Minimum age: 8
Maximum age: 85
Experience Duration: 02:00
Time at Venue: 02:00
The tour lasts two hours.
Participants: The London Seven Deadly Sins Pub Tour For Two is for 2 participants.
Max Group Size: +10
Spectators Allowed on Site: No
The tours have a maximum group size of thirty people.
Participants should wear clothing that is suitable for the weather, and comfortable walking shoes.
In particularly adverse weather conditions your tour may be cancelled, in which case it shall be rescheduled for another date.
We really got in the spirit of Halloween this week (mind the pun) and found ourselves on a Haunted Pub Tour in London with Lantern Ghost Tours! This was not only very fitting for the time of year, it was also an interesting and exciting way to spend an evening in London.
Our tour started at Temple Tube Station, which was only a few stops from London Victoria. When we arrived, our lovely tour guide Camelia was waiting for us with a ‘Haunted Pub Tour’ sign. We waited for the rest of the group and set off at around 7pm. It had become dark and slightly misty by then, which added to the effect! Our first stop was the ‘oldest steps of London’. These were built in the 1600s and at the time, were the only steps that led down to the bank of the river Thames. These steps were walked by hundreds of Londoners and as the population increased, helped spark the need to build more bridges over the Thames!
First pub stop on the list was The George, known for its many celebrity regulars such as Charles Dickens and Samuel Johnson. The pub was founded in 1723 and was originally a ‘men only’ coffee house. Legend has it that this pub is haunted by the Laughing Cavalier, a 17th-century character that has had repeated sightings for centuries. The pub has also dedicated a specially brewed beer to the phantom, named after the Cavalier and only sold in The George.
We continued on with the tour, stopping at various historical landmarks along the way, such as The City of London gates and the Royal Courts of Justice. The next stop on the agenda was The Old Bank of England pub, a beautiful building with a rich history behind it. We stopped outside to admire the building first and were told that this was where Sweeney Todd, ‘The Demon Barber of Fleet Street’, opened his original barber shop where he committed his first murder! The building was previously the first Bank of England and still has original artefacts from the First World War.
After our second drink, we all gathered once again, and the tour continued down Fleet Street, past the oldest building in London, and the narrowest pub named ‘The Cock Tavern’. We walked through hidden squares, accessed by small alleyways you wouldn’t otherwise know were there, learning all the different facts and history of London’s haunted past. We were sad to see the tour coming to the end and our final stop was Ye Old Cheshire Cheese. This is one of the most famous pubs on Fleet Street, taken out by the great fire of London, and rebuilt in 1667. This pub is infamously known as being haunted by the ghost of a dog, which often appears when someone is in danger. With the Haunted Pub Tour finished, we made our way back to Temple station, which was a 10-minute walk from Ye Old Cheshire Cheese.
This was truly a once in a lifetime experience, and something we would highly recommend anyone to do at least once. We would like to say a massive thank you to Camelia, our tour guide for making the experience fun and interesting, and to Lantern Ghost Tours for inviting us along! The Haunted Pub Tour runs throughout the year and can be enjoyed on your own or as a group.