London audio tour: Historical Pubs of London: A Tipply Trundle Through Liquid History

Historical Pubs of London: A Tipply Trundle Through Liquid History

Walking Tour

90 mins

About the Tour

Join me, the owner of Liquid History Tours, on a tipply trundle down London’s “street of shame” in search of the city’s finest alehouses, inns and taverns.

For this walking tour, I've handpicked, from over 3,000 London pubs, an eclectic selection of outstanding establishments to visit at least once in your life. From beautiful backstreet boozers to an arts and crafts palace, we'll enjoy a wide selection of venues with a healthy serving of the city's light-hearted history of booze.

We’ll explore quiet backstreets and hidden courtyards off of the beaten track while enjoying a smattering of humorous history and quirky stories. We’ll follow in the literary footsteps of Samuel Pepys, Charles Dickens and Dr. Johnson, along with some lesser known characters, as we amble down Fleet Street. There’s something for everyone to enjoy no matter how much you drink, so think of this tour as a great walk that just happens to have four cracking pubs to pause at for a pint along the way.

Highlights on this tour include:

• Drinking in the opulent surroundings of London's finest arts and crafts pub
• Soaking up salacious stories as we stumble down “the street of shame”
• Visiting an iconic alehouse rebuilt in 1667
• Hearing the legend of the Demon Barber of Fleet Street
• Window-shopping at London’s oldest tailor in the heart of the legal district
• Seeing a haunted backstreet boozer dating back to 1549

The tour finishes on the edge of Covent Garden where you can grab a bite to eat at the final pub or take a short stroll into theatreland and explore its many bars, restaurants and, of course, public houses.

Allow 60 to 90 minutes to complete the walk, depending on how often you stop for a pint. Cheers!

Tour Producer


Johnny Warland

Pub aficionado, lover of all things London and fan of the quirkier side of history.

Major Landmarks

  • St.Paul's Cathedral

  • City of London Distillery

  • St.Bride's Church

  • Fleet Street

  • Temple Bar

  • Dr.Johnson's House

  • Royal Courts of Justice

  • Lincoln's Inn

  • The Hunterian Museum

  • Sir John Soanes Museum

Directions to Starting Point

Start directly outside Blackfriars underground station

- Circle & District underground lines
- Thameslink overground service (Exit via North side: St.Paul's/ City/underground)
- If arriving on foot then the walk starts on the northern end of Blackfriars Bridge outside the underground station
- What3words location: crazy.ripe.good

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Places to stop along the way

Suggested drink stops...

THE BLACKFRIAR...exquisite art & crafts pub
YE OLDE CHESHIRE CHEESE...iconic alehouse
THE SEVEN STARS...eclectic backstreet boozer
THE SHIP TAVERN...gin, jazz, and pub grub

(But do take your pick from the 10 or so pubs we pass along the way subject to the weather and your own levels of thirst!)

Best time of day

It makes for the perfect post-lunch stroll, and is best enjoyed during daylight hours from midday to 4pm Mon-Sat*

Walking during daylight hours allows you to enjoy the sights in full and you'll find the pubs pleasantly quiet to explore a little more...

Walking time is around 60mins, but allow 15minutes extra for every pub stop if pausing for a drink and we suggest 3/4 stops along the way.

*Some pubs may be closed on Sunday and the parks can close early in the winter
**Consider starting with a pub lunch at The Blackfriar pub or finish up with a cosy dinner at The Ship Tavern to end

Don't forget to wear some good walking shoes and have a fully charged phone.


Use the pedestrian crossings where possible and be careful descending the flights of stairs along the way, especially after a tipple or two...remembering of course that everything should be enjoyed in moderation...including moderation

And anyone lucky enough to look under 25 years of age should take photo I.D. to ensure prompt service of alcoholic beverages, with the legal age in the U.K. being +18 years. Cheers!


Fantastic walk. Atmospheric, informative, thoroughly enjoyable.

Posted by Anonymous Explorer , about 2 months ago

A great stroll through the historic City streets visiting 4 great pubs along the way. Thoroughly refreshing!

Posted by Kevin , 5 months ago

This was so good to do as a solo tour. It was like going to the pub with a Londoner named Johnny who kept showing me where to go and telling me interesting stories in the walks in between. When it ended I wanted more. I think I’ll book a tour with Johnny in person now too. Really recommend.

Posted by Anonymous Explorer , 6 months ago

Pleasant stroll along Fleet Street and adjacent backstreets. Full of quirky history, and a good selection of pubs to choose from. Probably best enjoyed during daylight hours.

Posted by Anonymous Explorer , 8 months ago

Great tour. Lots of quirky history and points of interest that I otherwise wouldn't have known about. Worth doing.

Posted by Anonymous Explorer , 8 months ago

Highly enjoyed the tour. Very informative without being boring. It had lots of quirky facts. Gave opportunity to enjoy a drink and recommended pubs specials. Would definitely recommend. 5*

Posted by Anonymous Explorer , 8 months ago
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Historical Pubs of London: A Tipply Trundle Through Liquid History