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  1. United Kingdom
  2. South East England
  3. London
  4. Blackfriars Bridge

London Historical Pubs: Drink and Explore

Product ID: 275592
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Your tour guide will tell you stories about Londoners and walk you through London's most famous pubs. You will start your tour from an enchanting 19-century pub.
About this activity
Duration 2 hours
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
English
Wheelchair accessible
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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Experience

Highlights
  • Explore a 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
  • Discover an extravagant religious-themed pub
Full description
Begin your tour in a pub with Victorian-style interiors, where Charles Dickens used to drink. Continue your journey towards the 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. Here, you will get to try a good pint of ale.

Afterwards, you will head to one of the most difficult to find of all London's pubs. This particular pub is unashamedly traditional. The previous clientele is rumoured to have included Elizabeth I - one story goes that she danced around a cherry tree that is still there. Afterwards, 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. Try a pint in the pub, where the beer cellars are the former cells of a prison.

Next up, you will see the weirdest pub on the tour, with its extravagant 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.
Includes
  • Professional tour guide
What’s Not Included
  • Gratuities

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Meeting point

Blackfriars station, under the blue pillar.

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