The City of London Historic Pub Tour

Updated: 11 octubre 2022
 By Margaret

Join us on the City of London pub tour to see the most; iconic, historic and unusual pubs in London.

You will get to experience London like a true local visiting some of London's best traditional pubs and hidden gems with an entertaining local guide.

We will explore secret alleyways and hear Tales from some of London’s greatest pubs, from where people have imbibed for over 500 years.

We will learn about the origin of London's famed Gin Palaces of the 19th Century as we wander through streets that would have been home to beggars, thieves and vagabonds.

We'll discover five iconic watering holes visited by some of London's most infamous characters, each with its own history to tell.

These include some of the best-preserved traditional pubs in England.

Each pub we visit will have a very different atmosphere and history but all share a fine offering of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks in a wonderful building.


  • Visit pubs frequented by London's most famous poets, writers and free thinkers!
  • Follow in the footsteps of Queen Elizabeth I and visit the hardest to find pub in London
  • Explore parts of London as a local and get away from the tourist crowd
  • Drink in a pub that has actual jail cells in the basement from medieval times
  • See the first Irish Pub outside Ireland
  • Hear the tales of and visit some of the famed Victorian Gin Palaces!

What else you should know

It's a walking tour, but there's not a lot of distance involved.

Having said that, the alleys can be very narrow and there are a small number of steps to climb throughout. Wear comfortable shoes! 

Pubs will accept cash or card payments for drinks as you prefer. You will need to pay for your own drinks during the tour!

This is a tour for guests aged 18 and over only.

What to bring: Photographic ID (18 years and over only).

Where: Outside The Blackfriar Pub (opposite Blackfriars Station - North of the river Thames) The tour finishes near Holborn Station.

Duración: Approximately 2.5 - 3 Hours

When: Wednesdays at 16:00 Book online HERE.

Cost: This tour is free to take, and you get to decide what, if anything, the tour was worth when it's done. A name-your-own-price tour is a tour for anyone's budget.

About The Author


An American simply by accident of birth, Margaret moved to London over 16 years ago and hasn’t looked back since! With a keen interest in History – and a BA degree to match – Margaret prides herself on her knowledge of the amazing city she calls home and she's been guiding here now for nearly a decade. Social history is her real expertise, with sound understanding of the day-to-day lives of Londoners over the past centuries.
Updated: octubre 11th, 2022
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