Historic London Pub Tours

By popular demand, Ye Olde England Tours now has two very different walking tours of some of the most historic and interesting pubs in London.

If you want to see a different side to London, learn some history and mingle with the very friendly locals then these could be for you.  Please note prices do include a drink in each pub and each of them offer a wide range of traditional ales and beers.

 

The Pub Crawl

So named in the finest English tradition because in the old days and indeed not so old days, pub drinkers would stop off for a drink at as many pubs until they were crawling between venues.

Whilst we won’t be going there, this traditional pub walk will visit some of the finest old pubs in London.  Each one with a very different atmosphere and history but all sharing a fine offering of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks in a wonderful building.

From the fringes of the East End, we will visit pubs in Clerkenwell and Farringdon before visiting some truly historic pubs in Holborn and Lincoln’s Inn Fields .

 

Viaduct Tavern

The Viaduct Tavern has been recognised as one of the best historical pubs.  It is built on the site of a former jail and this historic pub still has five of the cells visible in the basement. Better be on your best behaviour then so drink up and we’ll scarper down to…

Inside the non-prison section of The Viaduct Tavern

Inside the non-prison section of The Viaduct Tavern

 

The Castle, Farringdon

This refreshingly down-to-earth Farringdon public house was once frequented by King George IV, who was tempted in by a spot of cockfighting. Arriving without money, he promptly issued the pub with a pawnbroker’s licence and handed over his gold watch to fund a flutter.

Happily the only poultry you may come across here now, is in the delicious food that is served up

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The Castle in Farringdon

 

The Crown Tavern, Clerkenwell Green

The Lounge of this pub was once a noted music hall, perhaps this is what made it Lenin’s favourite boozer.  In 1905 he met with comrade Stalin here in a meeting room upstairs.  Its classic interior features mean that these days it is more likely to be used in television and films, maybe you will remember where you first saw The Crown Tavern over a pint.

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The Crown Tavern

 

Ye Olde Mitre

Built in 1546 for the servants of the Bishops of Ely, The Ye Olde Mitre is famous for having a cherry tree, (now supporting the front) that Queen Elizabeth once danced around with Sir Christopher Hatton. The pub was actually a part of Cambridge (Ely being near Cambridge) and the licencees used to have to go there for their licence. Set in a part of London steeped in history, it’s near where William Wallace was hung, drawn and quartered at Smithfield, along with martyrs and traitors who were also killed nearby.

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The Seven Stars

Dating from around 1602, The Seven Stars backs on to the law courts and is a favourite haunt of lawyers, Church of England music directors and choir singers.  The walls are adorned with caricatures of barristers and judges whilst one part of the pub  in what was formerly a legal wig shop next door, still retains its original frontage, with a neat display of wigs in the window.

It’s a cosy little pub inside with a quirky atmosphere along with a fine selection of drinks.

 

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Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese

Situated near Lincoln’s Inn Fields and Holborn, this wonderful old pub proudly declares that it was rebuilt in 1667 following The Great Fire of London.  Known to be the regular drinking spot of such names as Charles Dickens, Dr. Johnson, Mark Twain, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Alfred Tennyson and P.G. Wodehouse then this might be just the pub to have a wee dram in whilst concocting your next best-selling novel.

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Prices

Departure Time:11 am (later times available subject to availability)
City Location: London
Duration of Tour: 5 hours

Standard Adult Prices per person including one beer or ale / soft drink or tea/coffee per pub. Excludes tube travel ticket.

1 Adult = £120

2 Adults = £100

3 Adults = £90

4 Adults = £75

5 – 10 Adults = £50

For more information or to make a booking, please email yeoldeenglandtours@gmail.com

 

The Legless Tour

This pub tour is just as much fun and perhaps even more interesting but the aim of this tour is to visit pubs in differing geographic areas of London and so some will be visited via the use of London Underground.

 

The George Inn

The only surviving Galleried Inn in London, The Blitz saw off the last of the others.  This pub dates back to the times of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales.  Standing when King Edward I of Braveheart fame was on the throne, it provides a very memorable  watering hole for thirsty tourists.

 

The George Inn - The sole surviving galleried inn in London.

The George Inn – The sole surviving galleried inn in London.

The Lamb Tavern 

Built on top of the ruins of Roman London, this splendid old tavern is popular with city types who flee the skyscrapers for a dose of Leadenhall Market.  It’s a pub in a location like no other but the best is yet to come!

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The magnificent Lamb Tavern.

 

The Ten Bells

A world a way from where this tour started and indeed where it finishes.  The Ten Bells pub is perhaps the most notorious pub in the East End of London, if not the world.  For it is here that Jack The Ripper frequently visited along with several if not all of his victims.   If that doesn’t call for a stiff drink then I don’t know what does.

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Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese

Situated near Lincoln’s Inn Fields and Holborn, this wonderful old pub proudly declares that it was rebuilt in 1667 following The Great Fire of London.  Known to be the regular drinking spot of such names as Charles Dickens, Dr. Johnson, Mark Twain, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Alfred Tennyson and P.G. Wodehouse then this might be just the pub to have a wee dram in whilst concocting your next best-selling novel.

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St Stephens Tavern

We end this tour in the shadow of Big Ben.  St Stephens Tavern is a splendid old tavern just across the road from Parliament.  Its walls are dotted with photos and newspaper cuttings of the great politicians who have come to enjoy its wonderful decor and ambience.  Follow in the steps of Churchill and enjoy a drink next to the ‘Mother of all Parliaments’

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Many a scandal has erupted here when journalists would get politicians drunk!

 

Prices

Departure Time:11 am (later times available subject to availability)
City Location: London
Duration of Tour: 5 hours

Standard Adult Prices per person including one beer or ale / soft drink or tea/coffee per pub. Excludes tube travel ticket.

 

1 Adult = £120

2 Adults = £100

3 Adults = £90

4 Adults = £75

5 – 10 Adults = £50

 

For more information or to make a booking, please email yeoldeenglandtours@gmail.com