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Free Historical Pub Tour London

  • London
  • Available in: English, Spanish

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About the tour

Come with us on a journey which will take you to the essence of British culture in one of London’s most beautiful and historic areas, Covent garden. Visit five historical pubs and try their fine traditional English ales as you listen to great tales of times past that will help you understand just how much the pub culture has helped give shape to the country’s personality. On our Free Historical Pub Tour you will understand how pubs are a part of Britain and Britain is part pub!

Catch a glimpse of what ale houses were like in the Golden Age from the best possible source, William Shakespeare, in whose plays we can see the attitude towards drinking and the importance of the pub as a centre for amusement, entertainment and social life in the 16th Century. Learn about Oliver Cromwell, the puritan leader of the only republican period in English history, the Commonwealth of England which lasted 11 long years in which pubs and theatres were closed, and even Christmas cancelled one year! Hear how this proved to be unbearable for Londoners and how the restoration of the monarchy led to possibly the most excessively lascivious and libertine period in British history as you drink a pint of delicious ale in a pub built during that era!

In this tour, you will understand why Queen Victoria once said: "Give my people plenty of beer, good beer, and cheap beer, and you will have no revolution among them."

*Important note*: Pints in London cost around £5 so please budget accordingly. All pubs take card payments but some have a minimum spend.

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How to find me: Leicester Square at the Swiss Flags Monument between the M&M's World & Lego Store. Look for our guide holding a red strawberry umbrella.
Tour duration: 3 hours

Tour schedule

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What's the price?

A guruwalk is a pay-what-you want walking tour, which means, it's completely free to book and join the group, but the 'guru' expects to be rewarded once the tour ends. Some people give €5, some people give US‎$ 50, you choose the price.

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Ratings (5)



2 months ago

Perfeito! Julian é um ótimo guia, culto, inteligente. Boas histórias sobre os pubs e dicas de cervejas excelentes.


Response from Strawberry Tours:

Estimada Vanessa, Muchas gracias por contactarnos. Me alegra mucho leer que la pasaste tan bien en tu recorrido con Julián, ¡esa es nuestra mayor recompensa! ¡Espero que puedas acompañarnos de nuevo muy pronto!


3 months ago

No encontré a el guia hice 2 diferentes y estaban en el lugar esperando. Este guia no lo encontre a las 16 hs estaba el guia pero en ingles en la plaza. No el de español


Maria Antônia

7 months ago

Great tour!


Response from Strawberry Tours:

Hi Maria, Thanks for your words. We hope to see you soon in the rest of our activities! Greetings!


9 months ago

Great pubs with great beer and stunning stories!


Response from Strawberry Tours:

Hello Lutz! Thank you very much for leaving your comments on your experience! We are glad you enjoyed our Free London Historical Pubs Tour and hope to see you with us again very soon!


1 years ago

It was so instructive and a lot of fun, one of our great moments in London. Don’t miss it!


Response from Strawberry Tours:

Hello Chantal, Thank you for taking the time to write to us! We are thrilled to know that you found the Historical Pub Tour to be instructive a lot of fun and that it was memorable for you during your trip to London with us! We look forward to having you with us on more of our tours as there are still more stories to be told! Kind regards, Eddie Strawberry Tours
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