London, United Kingdom

The History of Drinking and Pubs Tour

with Cate T.

3 reviews

Cate T.

There is no denying it, Brits love a pint of ale or a gin and tonic in a good old British pub. But have you ever wondered why? Where did it all begin?

This tour is all about explaining the fascinating, surprising, controversial, and sometimes hilarious history of Britain’s pubs and the nation’s best-loved drinks. We take you on a journey to the home of London’s booze history – Fleet Street – and a selection of its finest and most remarkable pubs. From 16th Century alehouses and inns, to gin palaces and alcohol during the Second World War, we will tell you the story of Britain’s love affair with booze. The question is whether you can remember the story the next day.

Highlights include:

London’s oldest pub – or is it?

Four infamous drinks in four historic pubs;

A visit to a beautiful gin palace – perhaps the most bizarre interlude in the history of British pub drinking;

Beers, ales and their historic rivalry;

The difference between alehouses, inns, pubs and taverns;

The story of beer during World War Two.

We will see you 7pm every Saturday!

Image credit: Jaklien van Melick, Imperial War Museum's Ministry of Information collection, Mooganic and Stepheye via Compfight cc

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David R.

Cate did a fantastic job! She's obviously done her homework on the subject. Very polite and informative. The pubs she took us to were amazing. Highly recommend this tour.

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