London Historical Pubs: drink and discover lost stories
Walking & Drinking Tour
If you love to have your beer in a historical setting this tour is for you!
Explore Pub where Elizabeth I used to dance
Drink in the same pub where Charles Dickens used to drink
Have a pint at the most well-known pub for journalists since 1667
See the last surviving Victorian gin palace in London
Discover extravagant religious-themed pub
Price 184 £ per person
Sights you will see:
You will start your tour from Victorian-style interior pub, where Charles Dickens used to drink. English Heritage describes the pub as “an exceptional piece of Victoriana”. Continue your journey towards the Crown tavern where Lenin used to drink before revolutionary matters took him to Russia. It is thought that he may even have conferred with Stalin on site. More recently it was the setting for a scene from Notes on a Scandal, starring Judi Dench and Cate Blanchett. There you will try a good pint of ale. Afterwards, you will get to one of the most difficult to find of all the pubs. It’s unashamedly traditional (no TVs), and long may that continue. The previous clientele is rumoured to have included Elizabeth I (one story goes that she danced around a cherry tree that is still there). your guide will take to the most famous pub for journalists since 1667. Countless literary grandees and journalists – from Samuel Johnson and Dickens to the Fleet Street hacks of the 20th century – have occupied a nook or cranny in its labyrinthine interior. You will try a pint in the pub where beer cellars are former cells of the prison. You will see the weird pub with the extravagance of its religious-themed art nouveau interior. One of the few places in the area to survive the Great Fire of London, the tiny Seven Stars pub now has more than four centuries of history behind it. Located just behind the Royal Courts of Justice, it is a natural stomping ground for the pinstripes of the legal profession.