Free Historical Pub Tour London*
When: Wed, Fri & Sun
Where: Leicester Square
Duration: 2,5 hours
Come with us to the essence of British culture in one of London’s most beautiful and historic areas, Covent garden. Visit four to five historical pubs and try their traditional English ales as you listen to tales that will make you understand how the pub culture has shaped the country’s personality.
Catch a glimpse of what ale houses were like in the Golden Age of William Shakespeare, in whose plays we see the attitude towards drinking and the importance of the pub as a centre for amusement in the 16th Century. Hear how the restoration of the Monarchy led to possibly the most libertine period in British history as you drink a pint of delicious ale!
Hear the stories of bare-knuckle fights, murders and general deprivation in Covent Garden, and be amazed by the transformation which has now made it one of the poshest neighbourhoods of the city.
On our Free Historical Pub Tour you will try traditional ales and beers and explore one of London’s most beautiful areas.
During the Christmas & NYE period our schedule might be slightly altered with some additional departures and other days where we are running fewer tours. Please check our live tour calendar here to double check when the tour is running.
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We did the Historical Pub tour and it was amazing! Alice was so knowlegeable and friendly. She took us to four amazing pubs and told us the history of each. Plenty of time to get a pint or half pint at each. At right around 2.5 hours, this tour really maximized our time. Can't wait to go back to do another Strawberry Tour! A+
Jennifer S - Nevada, US
This is a historic pub tour and our guide, Harry, did a great job of describing the history of drinking in London in general and each of the pubs. We had a nice group of people along on the tour. It was a very pleasant way to spend an evening. It's not a "young person's tour" but young people who also like history will enjoy it. With four pubs to visit, there was plenty to drink. Be prepared to stand at each of the pubs.
Shari B - Florida, US
Leicester Square at the Swiss Flags Monument between the M&M's World & Lego Store. (See map).
The Free Historical Pub Tour London runs every Wed, Fri & Sun at 16.00 from Leicester Square at the Swiss Flags Monument between the M&M's World & Lego Store. No tours on the 25/12 & 26/12.
The Free Historical Pub Tour London ends around Covent Garden.
The Free Historical Pub Tour London lasts for around 2.5h.
Yes! As this is England, if we didn’t run the tour on rainy days it would hardly operate at all. Just make sure to have suitable clothing and consider bringing an umbrella if necessary.
Go to the meeting point and look for our guide carrying a Strawberry Umbrella.
Due to the high demand of our tours you can only join the tour if you have made a reservation. So please make a reservation: it is absolutely free, it takes less than one minute, and it helps us make sure that we have enough guides there to cover the demand. Help us make your Strawberry Tour experience unforgettable! Please note that we can't take groups of 8 people or more on our regular tours, instead, please get in touch with us here to enquire about a private tour.
All our tours are free. That means that at the end of the tour, you can choose to reward the guide if you wish so, according to your enjoyment and your possibilities. A part of that goes towards covering our marketing and operational costs. This system ensures great quality in the tours, extremely high client satisfaction, and last but not least, that absolutely everyone can come on our tours, regardless of their budget.
We are then able to set the start time to whatever suits you and make the experience more personal. This is also a great option for groups of 8 people or more that are unable to join our free tours together.
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