Which London Pub Crawls Are Best?
This post compares the best pub crawls in London, including historic bar tours as well as club tours. You may also be interested in all-access nightlife passes that include free entry to 19 different clubs and bars throughout London for as little as £12.
- London Bar Crawls
- Historic Pub Tours
- London Bar Bus
- Club Tours
- Other London Night Tours
- Things to Do at Night in London
The tours listed in this section mostly appeal to younger visitors who are looking for a fun and sometimes wild night out in London.
All visit both clubs and pubs and go on well into the early hours of the next morning.
You will receive 4-5 free shots at each stop with all of the tour companies listed below, as well as discounts on drinks, free drinks, and drinking games.
Group sizes can be large, but most guests seem to really enjoy being surrounded by lots of new people to party with and befriend.
We recommend taking some time to read the reviews. There are common complaints about weak “free” shots or empty bars, but these complaints are in the minority.
The companies listed below tend to offer very similar experiences to their guests. Therefore, when trying to decide which pub crawl to go with, you should first choose where you want to go out.
The competition is fierce, so expect discounts on the prices that we list below.
There are 3 neighborhoods that the most popular pub crawl companies visit. We have listed our favorite tours in each of those neighborhoods to help you decide which one to choose:
London Party Pub Crawl is the Number 1 ranked Pub Crawl on TripAdvisor and Get Your Guide with an average rating of a tad over 4 out of 5-stars (see the reviews).
You will be brought to an average of 5 different bars and clubs by fun and charismatic guides.
Though the Central London Pub Crawl (West End) is their original tour, they also offer a pub crawl of Shoreditch and Camden (listed below).
Also included in the price of a ticket are 5 free shots, discounts on drinks all night, and photos of your night out (just in case you have trouble recalling the details the next day..!).
The estimated value of a night out with London Party Pub Crawl is £50, which means big savings.
Where: Meeting point is Piccadilly Circus Station.
Duration: Up to 5 hours
When: Nightly, starting between 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm (19:30-20:30)
Cost: £25, though they do occasionally offer discounts.
The longest running, and biggest pub crawl in London is the 1 Big Night Out Pub Crawl which leaves from the infamous Zoo Bar Leicester Square.
Running since 2009, 1 Big Night Out pioneered the concept of 5 free shots, in 5 different bars, in 5 hours, ending at a big nightclub with queue-jump entrance.
This may be the cheapest crawl, but it also comes with slightly lower reviews than its competitors, but still decent nonetheless (read the reviews).
With exclusive drinks deals all night with your wristband, you’ll save the ticket price during the night.
1 Big Night Out specialize in ending in superclubs, with Ministry of Sound, Heaven and Piccadilly Institute among some of the bars they visit.
Where: Crawl begins from Zoo Bar, Leicester Square, WC2H 7AQ (map).
Duration: Up to 5 hours
When: Nightly, starting between 8-9pm (20:00-21:00)
Cost: £15 (Often their tickets are as cheap as £5/person).
Though SANDEMANS New Europe is most well known for their pay-what-you-like tours, they also offer prepaid tours like their London Pub Crawl.
Like its competitors, this pub crawl visits 5 different bars/club in London’s West End. Your ticket also includes free entry and no waiting in line at each venue, as well as drink specials and group discounts.
The reviews are a bit less stellar but still good (read the reviews).
Where: Brewmaster, 37 Cranbourn St
Duration: Approximately 4 hours
When: Nightly, starting between 7:30 pm (19:30)
Cost: £10 – (More details or to book)
Similar in style to their Central London Pub Crawl, this company’s Shoreditch Pub Crawl is another popular alternative for young people looking for a fun night out.
Shoreditch is a very trendy area with lots of interesting street art and coolly converted warehouses.
You will visit at least 5 different bars/clubs and get a free shot at each one.
The tour’s overall review profile is good, just like their Central London crawl, averaging just over 4 out of 5-stars (read the reviews).
Though the tour is scheduled to last approximately 5 hours, most guests seem to carry on well into the night because they’re having such a great time!
Where: 145 Shoreditch High Street
Duration: Up to 5 hours
When: Every Friday and Saturday, starting between 8 pm – 9 pm (20:00-21:00)
Cost: £25 (discounts often available)
Similar to the other pub crawls, The Shoreditch Pub Crawl will bring you to 5 different bars/clubs around one of London’s trendiest neighborhoods.
5 free shots are also included, as well as free entrance at the door. Y
The tour has a slightly lower review profile than its competitor above but still a good average (read the reviews).
Duration: Approximately 3.5 hours
When: Every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, starting between 8:30 pm-9:15 pm (23:00-21:15)
Cost: £15 online
The area is known for its impressive music scene, having once been home to big-name musicians like Amy Winehouse.
Advertised as “the original Camden Pub Crawl”, this tour by Undiscovered London is extremely popular with 20 and 30-something visitors hoping to explore Camden’s nightlife.
A ticket to the tour gets you free shots, free entry, drinks discounts, and no waiting in line.
As with most pub crawls, this one averages about 4 out of 5-stars (read the reviews).
Where: Belushi’s Camden, 48-50 Camden High Street, NW1 0LT
When: Nightly, starting between 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm (19:30 and 21:30)
The Camden Pub Crawl is the newest addition to London Party Pub Crawl’s wild nights out. Like their other 2 locations, the Camden Pub Crawl visits at least 5 different bar/clubs and includes 5 free shots.
Duration: Up to 5 hours
When: Nightly starting between 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm (19:30-20:30)
Cost: £20 – More information or to book online.
Unlike the tours listed above, Historic Pub Crawls have a much greater focus on history and tend to appeal to a wider audience.
Typically, these pub crawls take place in the afternoon or early evening, making for a more mature experience.
Guides share their in-depth knowledge of the history of each pub, as well as entertaining anecdotes about London’s drinking culture.
Most of the Historic Pub Crawls only include 1 beer sample at the end of the tour.
Described as a “gentle 2-mile amble”, the London Pub Tour by Drink London will bring you to some of the most historic pubs in the city.
This is the only company solely dedicated to running historic pub crawls in London, which is probably why they do such an amazing job (just read the reviews).
You will visit at least 4 stops throughout the tour, sampling as many beverages as you wish along the way. Drinks are not included in the price.
Where: St Paul’s Station
Duration: 3 hours
When: 2-5 pm on Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday
Cost: £25 per person. More information or to book.
This tour will take you to 6 of the oldest and most well-known pubs in London.
As you move from pub to pub, be prepared to learn all about “London’s seedy drink-obsessed past whilst taking in the splendour of modern day London and sensing the ghosts of yesteryear at some of the city’s top landmarks.”
At the end of the tour, you will get to enjoy half a pint which is included in the price. No other drinks are included, though guests can buy beverages along the way.
This tour is as well-reviewed as the one above (read the reviews).
Where: Outside Chancery Lane Tube Station, corner of Grays Inn Road
Duration: 2 hours
When: Friday – Sunday, 1 pm – 3 pm (13:00-15:00)
Cost: £20 per person. More information or to book online.
Additional Historic Pub Tours
If you’d rather see the city while enjoying a few drinks, this is an interesting alternative to the traditional pub crawl.
Rather than visiting several notable pubs, this bus tour actually includes an open-air rooftop bar which offers a variety of drinks.
This bus tour visits some of the most popular landmarks in the city, including the River Thames, Tower Bridge and the Tower of London.
- Tickets: £25 per person | Must be 18+
- Availability: Daily from July – September
- Hours: 4 pm & 6:30 pm
- Duration: 90 minutes
- Purchase tickets or learn more.
TIP: Make sure to check for sales before purchasing your ticket, as this company will sometimes offer additional discounts on the London Bar Bus.
If you really want to take full advantage of London’s incredible nightlife, then consider purchasing a pass that will give you access to several different clubs around the city.
The London Nightlife Ticket is an all-access pass that gives you entry to 19 different clubs and bars around the city!
Though there is no guided tour that accompanies it, this ticket allows you to do a ‘self-guided tour’ of all the best venues in London at a reduced price. Also included with the ticket are special drink offers at participating clubs.
Some of the most popular venues include Underworld, Gilgamesh, Loop Bar, and Rumba. In terms of dress code, be sure you aren’t wearing flip-flops or beach wear as most places will not let you in!