Which London Pub Crawls Are Best?
This post compares the best pub crawls and bar tours in London. The nightlife in London is famous the world over – from pubs and clubs to bars and discos, there is always something for everyone. The best way to experience London after hours is to go along with somebody that can help introduce you to the hottest spots in town, put you in touch with other fun-seeking travelers…and give you a discount on entry costs and drinks! 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 £10.
London Bar Crawls
The tours listed in this section mostly appeal to younger visitors who are looking for a fun and wild night out in London. All of them 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. Group sizes can be large (sometime 200+ people!), but most guests seem to really enjoy being surrounded by lots of new people to party with and befriend.
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. 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 4.6 out of 5 stars (see the reviews) and always promises an amazing night out. You will be brought to an average of 5 different bars and clubs by a fun and charismatic guide. 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: Crawl begins from Dirty Harry’s, Soho (map).
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)
Reviews: This company has spectacular reviews (see the reviews) for all of their pub crawls and their Central London Pub Crawl is no exception! People who have taken this tour say that it was “an amazing experience” and “an absolute blast.” Guests also compliment the guides for ensuring that everyone got to know each other, making this the perfect tour for anyone looking for a fun way to make new friends. Negative reviews are very rare and the few that do exist were all written over a year ago, suggesting that any issues the company may have had have since been fixed!
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. With exclusive drinks deals all night with your wristband, you’ll save the ticket price during the night. On this crawl you can even get a t-shirt and pen each for people to write over and create a memory of your 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)
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. The 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. This is a fun tour for young travelers and students looking to make new friends while enjoying London’s spectacular nightlife.
Where: Brewmaster, 37 Cranbourn St
Duration: Approximately 3.5 hours
When: Nightly, starting between 7:30 pm (19:30)
Cost: £15 – (More details or to book)
Though SANDEMANS reviews on TripAdvisor include all of the tours they offer in London, their London Pub Crawl is especially popular. On Get Your Guide, the reviews are a bit less stellar, but still good (see the reviews). Visitors write that it was a great experience and fun way to make new friends. There are a handful of reviews regarding some organizational issues, however most of these were written several years ago and therefore likely outdated.
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 cool converted warehouses. You will visit at least 5 different bars/clubs and get a shot at each one. 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: £20 (More details or to book)
Reviews: Guests who attended the Shoreditch Pub Crawl with London Party Pub Crawl seem equally happy with their experience, with many commenting on how cool the neighborhood seemed. Several reviewers also praise their guide/host for being so hospitable and really encouraging everyone to get to know one another. As of Spring 2017, there are only 5 star reviews of the Shoreditch Pub Crawl. The reviews are a bit less stellar on Get Your Guide, but still good (see the reviews).
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. Your guide should be easy to spot and wearing a pub crawl t-shirt. Groups of 6 or more who book together can get a discount, so be sure to contact them ahead of time. The number of guests following the pub crawl varies immensely, and at times can be upwards of 200! It may sound like a lot, but that just means you have all the more opportunity to make friends!
Where: Blueberry Bar, 2-4 PAUL STREET, London, EC2A 4JH
Duration: Approximately 3.5 hours
When: Every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, starting between 8:30 pm-9:15 pm (23:00-21:15)
Cost: £10 online; £15 at the door
Reviews: Guests who have taken The Shoreditch Pub Crawl rate their experience very highly. This pub crawl definitely appeals to a younger audience, and all the positive reviews from students and 20-something tourists is definitely indicative of that. The rare negative review usually seems to come from more mature visitors who were disappointed that the tour was more of a club crawl rather than a traditional pub crawl. For those looking for that type of experience, check out our tours listed under the Historic Pub Crawls section. TripAdvisor: 5 stars .
Advertized 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. Those who want to commemorate their experience can do so by purchasing a t-shirt for an additional £3. Private tailor-made tours are also available for those celebrating a bachelorette or birthday party.
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)
Reviews: Undiscovered London’s Camden Pub Crawl is their most popular tour on offer. Reviews are excellent, averaging close to perfect on both TripAdvisor and Get Your Guide (see the reviews), with a vast majority complimenting the company for their entertaining guides and great bar choices. Some guests were a bit disappointed with the ‘free’ shots, which are usually mixed with fruit juice and therefore not as alcoholic as standard shots. However, most did not take issue with this and seemed happy to supplement their shots with additional drinks along the way.
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. Upon arrival, you’ll be given a wrist band which will get you in everywhere for free. A photographer also joins the crew for the night, ensuring that you’ll have lots of fun photos to commemorate your time in Camden! The area is known for its impressive music scene, having once been home to big-name musicians like Amy Winehouse.
Where: Begins at Under Solo (map).
Duration: Up to 5 hours
When: Every Friday and Saturday, starting between 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm (19:30-20:30)
Cost: £20 – More information or to book online.
Reviews: Though the Camden Pub Crawl isn’t quite as popular as the other 2, it receives extremely positive reviews nonetheless, averaging 5 of 5 stars on TripAdvisor. Guests rave about neighborhood, emphasizing how much fun they had getting to know the area. The guides/hosts are also highly rated for this tour, with many commenting on how good they were at bringing everyone together.
Historical Pub Crawls
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. Whereas the tours included in our list of London Bar Crawls offered guests a shot at each stop, 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! 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.
Reviews: If you’re interested in learning more about London’s ‘liquid history’, then this is the tour for you! Reviewers compliment the passionate and informative guides, as well as the variety of pubs. Negative reviews are very uncommon, and usually, with 5 out of 5 stars TripAdvisor and Get Your Guide ratings (see the reviews), this is definitely the tour to take if you’re a beer aficionado!
This tour will take you to some of the oldest and most well-known pubs in London. Guides will usually bring their group to approximately 6 different bars, though this varies by the guide. 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.
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.
Reviews: Meet the Street’s London Pub Tour comes highly rated, with several guests commenting that it was “amazing” and a “tour de force.” Many guests also compliment the guides themselves for being so knowledgeable and personable. In fact, this tour is so highly rated that as of Spring 2017, there are no reviews of the London Pub Tour that fall below 4 stars. TripAdvisor Rating: 5 stars.
One of their new tours for 2017, the Historic London Pubs tour by Evans Evans Tours is a great way to learn more about the history behind London’s most iconic watering holes. You will visit 3 different historic pubs along the way, including The Centre Page (which is referenced by Charles Dickens in ‘Pickwick Papers’), The Anchor, and Old Thameside Inn. Everyone is also provided with a free personal audio headset and a beer tasting at the Old Thameside Inn. Drinks at the other pubs are not included, but you are welcome to purchase what you like during the tour.
Where: Steps of London’s iconic St. Paul’s Cathedral
Duration: 3 hours
When: Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday 3pm-6pm (15:00-18:00)
Cost: £25 per person. More information or to book online.
Reviews: As this is Evans Evans Tours newest tour, there are no reviews written about it on TripAdvisor just yet. However, if their other tours are any indication, the Historic London Pubs Tour will be a lot of fun and feature excellent guides. TripAdvisor Rating: 4 out of 5 stars.
Ye Olde England Tours – Another historic pub crawl that gives visitors the opportunity to sample local ales and visit popular local pubs.
Insider London – At £20 a head, this company offers a London: History of Drinking Pub Crawl that brings guests to 4 historic bars on Fleet Street.
CLUB TOURS & PASSES
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. There are currently 2 different nightlife passes available.
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!
- 1 Day Ticket – £10
- 7 Day Ticket – £20
Alternatively, the Big Night Out: All Access Pass offers a very similar clubbing experience, but with a different set of venues. You are given a wristband and they are welcomed to visit up to 20 different bars and clubs around London. You also receive special drink discounts, as well as a map showing where all the venues are located and tips for getting around.
Cost: £10 for 1 night. For more information and to book.
Harry Potter Crawl
There is one company that leads a Harry Potter Magical Pub Crawl, which blends history, Harry Potter trivia, and a selection of famous London pubs. Drinks are not included in the price of the tour, but guests have plenty of time to purchase them on their own accord throughout the tour.
The Harry Potter Magical Pub Crawl Adventure Tour is the perfect pub crawl for Harry Potter fans who are looking to explore London and enjoy a few drinks along the way. Your entertaining and knowledgable guide will bring to life the magical world of Harry Potter as you visit some of the most iconic film locations in the city. The tour brings you to 3 different pubs, though drinks are not included in the price.
Where: At a city center location; the exact place will be confirmed on your tour voucher once booked.
Duration: 3 hours
When: Friday and Saturday at 7:30 pm (19:30)
Cost: £29 per person. More information or to book online.
Reviews: As one guest writes, “I chose this tour because I love Harry Potter and I love pubs, so what not to like really!” Too true! This is the ideal tour for Harry Potter fans who enjoy a drink or two. Guides are described as informative and hilarious, making for a very entertaining tour. Though there are a few negative reviews, most come from guests who wrote them more than a year ago — suggesting that any serious kinks in the company have been worked out. This tour averages 4.5 out of 5 stars on TripAdvisor and a full 5 out of 5 on Get Your Guide (see some of the reviews).