Free London’s Historical Pubs Tour

Free Historical Pub Tour of London
Schedule: Wednesday, Friday and Saturday: 15:30 pm Departure Point: Leicester Square Price: Free Languages: English & Spanish

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SCHEDULE

We have this tour on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, departing at 15:30 pm.

HOW TO JOIN

Book online and then just be on time at the departure point and find our guide with the Free Tour In London Umbrella!

PRICE

As we told you before, the price is up to you! After the tour you can reward the guide, according to your possibilities and your decision, if you feel it’s fair because you had a wonderful time. Part of your tip will be used for marketing and some other operational costs.

HISTORICAL PUBS YOU WILL VISIT

-Beers on Tap
-Lamb & Flag
-Shakespeare’s Statue
-The Coal Hole
-The Marquis
-The Nell Gwynne Tavern
-The Punch & Judy
-The Salisbury

DEPARTURE POINT

Leicester Square at the Swiss Flags Monument, between the M&M’s World and Lego Store (See map)

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If you have ever wondered how much the pubs have influenced British culture, this is the time to discover it. This tour will take you to know Covent Garden, once a complex and dangerous scenario of prostitution, scandals and violence; but now converted into an elegant and beautiful neighbourhood, where you will discover five historical pubs to experience a part of the London spirit and taste the traditional “ales” -British beers different from a lager, a stout or a porter- in unequalled environments. Here you will understand how pub’s life has shaped the countries identity.

From no one else than the great William Shakespeare you will learn about those “ale houses” of the so-called Golden Age. According to Shakespeare’s plays, these taverns were important centres of social life, enjoyment and entertainment in the XVI century. 

You can NOT miss the story about the Commonwealth of England, a republican period that plunged the city into an intolerable climate under a puritan system. Here you will hear from Oliver Cromwell, and how during the eleven years of his leadership the doors of theatres and pubs were closed, a grey period that is still remembered with contempt in the city. He even cancelled Christmas a year! You will also learn how those puritan times were too much for Londoners so after Cromwell died the monarchy was restored and started an unprecedented period of lust and licentiousness, under the reign of Charles II. In those times, precisely, was built the pub in where you will enjoy this story, having a proper ale.

Walking through the fancy and sophisticated Covent Garden, you wouldn’t believe this was a place of brawls, murders, prostitution and vice. Touring this heart of London’s West End we visit four historical pubs, where you can try the traditional ales or beers, only to fully understand Queen Victoria when she stated: “Give my people plenty of beer, good beer, and cheap beer, and you will have no revolution among them”.

Observations

Be aware that a pint in London is around £5, so calculate your budget. Mostly all pubs accept credit cards but they can have minimum spends.

IS IT NECESSARY TO PRE BOOK?

YES. It’s necessary. Please, do NOT forget of booking online before joining the tour.

– Booking it’s free
– It takes one minute
– We accept Mobile Voucher, so you don’t need to print the reservation.

HIGHLIGHTS

– Discover the heart of London’s sophisticate West End, the elegant neighbourhood of Covent Garden, once an area of crime and vice.
– Drink a pint in Charles Dickens’ favourite London’s pub, with nearly 500 years old!
– Have your own ale degustation and discover this particular English beer.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

WHEN DOES THE TOUR RUN AND FROM WHERE?

We do the Free London’s historical pubs Tour on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, at 15:30 pm, departing from Leicester Square, at the Swiss Flags Monument, between the M&M’s World and the Lego Store. We don’t have tours on 25-26/December.

WHERE DOES THE TOUR END?

The Free London’s historical pubs Tour ends in Covent Gardens.

WHAT IS THE DURATION OF THE TOUR?

The Free London’s historical pubs Tour takes around 2.5 to 3 hours.

ARE THERE TOURS EVEN IF IT’S RAINING?

YES, off course! This is England, remember, it’s generally raining so we are more than used to it. That’s why we recommend you to take appropriate clothing and shoes for a rainy day with you, and don’t forget an umbrella, just in case.

HOW CAN I FIND THE GUIDE?

Just go to the departure point and look for our guide, who will be carrying a Free Tour In London umbrella.

IS IT NECESSARY TO MAKE A RESERVATION?

Yes, it is. Our tours are highly demanded so, please, make a reservation, it is mandatory to join our tour and really easy to do it. It takes less than a minute and its totally free and it’s also important for our planning to make sure we have guides for all of you.

Remember, in our regular tours we don’t accept groups of 8 people or more, so, please, contact us to organize a private tour for your group.

IS THERE A MINIMUM AGE REQUIRED TO JOIN THIS TOUR?

Yes, off course there is. You need to be 18 years old or more to join this tour and you also need to prove it with a photo ID.

HOW YOU HANDLE TO RUN FREE TOURS?

Yes, we know it’s hard to believe, but all our tours are free. If there is a price, is totally up to you! After the tour you can reward the guide, according to your possibilities and your decision, if you feel it’s fair because you had a wonderful time. Part of your tip will be used for marketing and some other operational costs. This is a risky but effective system. We make sure our tours are highly qualified and the client is duly satisfied. Also, we are proud the welcome everybody to our tours, no matter their budget.