British beer culture, some history, some sights - lots of fun!
The best way to experience London is through its fantastic pubs!
"The pub is the heart of England" - (Samuel Pepys).
Find out why we Brits love the 'boozer'. We'll try some 'warm beer'; hear a song or two; tell some classic pub jokes and see some of the capital's best sights between bars to boot.
What is pub 'craic' and 'banter'? 'Warm beer'? The Gin Craze? What did the GIs get up to? Where do our parliamentary representatives like to drink? How did Music Hall thrill the Victorians in the 1800s? See how different London's old pubs are from each other and how odd our laws are!
CHOOSE FROM: classic Westminster; Shakespeare's stomping ground Southwark; contemporary and/or Dickensian East London; Rock n Roll Camden; or the old East End docks, haunt of pirates and vagabonds but also famous painters and full of industrial history.
We can do the classic London or we can delve a little deeper or go offbeat.
*Please note, I will be working, so might not drink! I'll be super sociable, but sober.
We'll stop at 4 traditional pubs. If it's Westminster we often start around Trafalgar Square or Covent Garden and finish at Parliament Square (Parliament, Westminster Abbey, Big Ben etc). On the way, we see these spots (exteriors), plus the Prime Minister's street and some other key London landmarks.
This is a great way of seeing the big tourist spots and the heart of the British Establishment. If you want something a little more quirky, check out the other locations and we'll liase by email about a starting point.
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: We usually meet near Trafalgar Square for the Westminster tour. For other locations we can arrange a starting point by email.
End location: For Westminster we often finish at a pub by Parliament (nearest tube Westminster) but here, and for the other locations, I can be flexible depending on your plans and tastes.
Duration: 3 hours
If you want to see the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace (at the start of the tour), we can do the tour in reverse. We'd meet at St James subway station at 11.50am.
'Shanks' Pony' otherwise known as our 'plates of meat' (feet). The longest we'll walk at one stretch is about 15 mins.
My guiding skills and stories.
4-half pints beer for each person (or 4 small glasses of wine).
We'll use Shanks' pony (walking) between pubs.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
5 GBP - You might need an Oyster card (£5 deposit p/p) if you're coming by subway.
Upgrading to a pint from the included half-pint (if you can drink 4 pints!). This would typically cost around £1.50-2 extra.
I am not a driver; we have a wonderful - and comprehensive - public transport system to enjoy here.
I am not a Blue Badge guide but have 12 years experience and four continents under my guiding belt.
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Simon was wonderful! He custom made a tour for us that included the sights and pubs we wanted to see. His knowledge of London both past and present is superb! He even remembered it was our anniversary and had a card for us! We would definitely recommend Simon for a tour.