West End Beer Tasting Pub Tour

Join our West End London Beer Tasting Pub Walking Tour

New York has its delis, Paris has its cafés and London has its pubs. Around 7000 of them to be precise. The question is, which ones to visit, and what to order? Allow our world class local guides to show you the hidden gems of London's famous west end pub scene and show you our favourite local establishments brimming with character and charm. We’ll visit 4 pubs, dating as far back as the 16th century and spanning through to the 21st century.  In each, you will be able to see for yourself the changing nature of these watering holes through the ages. Halfway through the afternoon, you will be treated to a guided tour of Covent Garden Market, a great place to pick up a memento from your trip. 

As well as learning along the way about the scandalous history of the west end, we will encourage our guests to generously sample and discuss some of the best beer sold in the capital (included!).  Our aim is to leave you not just with some great samples under your belt, but with a real understanding of pub culture in the UK and an insight into just how important beer is to us as a nation. 

This tour is available to anyone over the age of 18, and whether you’re a beer lover or not we are certain that we’ll find something you like, even those who come just to soak up the atmosphere always have a great time. Your friendly guide will leave you feeling like you’ve been visiting these establishments your whole life.

This tour pairs well with all of our other tours and comes strongly recommended by staff and customers alike as the very best way to experience our unique pub culture.  This is not your typical 20-something pub crawl; although we’ll try various beers, we couple our tastings with stories and insights from the guide and time for the group to chat for a more high-brow pub experience.   

A great option for before dinner or catching a show, this tour will leave you with a native Londoner's knowledge of the off-the-beaten-track historical pubs that are London's social heart, not to mention a great grounding in what makes European and British beer the best in the world.

Tour Highlights

  • Trafalgar Square
  • Covent Garden
  • Four pubs
  • Six samples of beer
    • Entrance to four pubs
    • Six samples of beer
  • We meet on the north side of the front entrance to St Martin-in-the-fields Church outside the entrance to The Crypt Cafe.

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    • Please note that the legal drinking age in the United Kingdom is 18. If you appear under 25, please bring photo ID with you. All guests must be 18 years or older.
    • Entrance to four pubs
    • Six samples of beer
  • We meet on the north side of the front entrance to St Martin-in-the-fields Church outside the entrance to The Crypt Cafe.

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    • Please note that the legal drinking age in the United Kingdom is 18. If you appear under 25, please bring photo ID with you. All guests must be 18 years or older.

FAQ

  • Expand/Collapse Are reservations required?

    Yes. Reservations are needed on all of our walking tours here in London due to limited space.

  • Expand/Collapse Is there a child or student price?

    No there is no child and student rate - please note that children and students under the age of 18 are not permitted on this tour.

  • Expand/Collapse What is your cancellation policy?

    We're happy to offer free changes and 100% refund up to 24 hours before tour* Failure to cancel a reservation at least 24 hours prior to scheduled departure may result in forfeited travel funds. Fare difference may apply.

    *See restrictions here

  • Expand/Collapse Does the West End Beer Tasting Pub Tour run all year round?

    Yes, our West End Beer Tasting Pub Tour runs all year round on Fridays and Sundays at 2pm. And during Summer on Wednesdays too.

  • Expand/Collapse How strenuous is the walking?

    On the West End Beer Tasting Pub Tour we only walk about a mile over the course of the tour at a very leisurely meandering pace.

     

  • Expand/Collapse Where is the meeting point?

    We meet on the north side of the front entrance to St Martin-in-the-fields Church. Your handsome guide will be holding a sign, standing on the Church Path between the front steps and the entrance to the Church Crypt.

     

  • Expand/Collapse What is your weather policy?

    All tours run rain or shine. We encourage guests to consult the weather forecast and dress accordingly. 

  • Expand/Collapse My group size is larger than the dropdown menu allows, how can I book?

    If you would like to book a larger group, please contact our Private Tours team at [email protected].

     
  • Expand/Collapse Do we stop for lunch?

    We do not stop for lunch on this tour. There is an opportunity to order food towards the end of the tour, and many pubs have chips and other small snacks available to purchase on your own (cost of food is not included).

  • Expand/Collapse Where does the tour end?

    The West End Beer Tasting Pub Tour ends at the Lowlander Pub, a six minute walk from the Covent Garden tube station and just a few minutes away from all of the London West End Theatres.

     

  • Expand/Collapse Do we go inside the museums and monuments?

    On the West End Beer Tasting Pub Tour we do indeed go into the sites, the sites being the 4 best beer vending establishments in the West End!

     

  • Expand/Collapse Will we be able to take photos?

    Yes. There will be a chance to take many photos at the designated stops.

  • Expand/Collapse Is there a space to store bags or luggage?

    No, there are no luggage storing facilities available for this tour.

     

  • Expand/Collapse Is this tour appropriate for children?

    We are not able to accept children on our West End Beer Tasting Pub Tour.

     

  • Expand/Collapse What food and drink is included in this tour?

    We take you to some of the best historical pubs in London. At each pub we will offer our guests samples of beer to enjoy (3.5 pints altogether). Food is not included with this tour, but there is an opportunity to purchase food towards the end of the tour on your own (cost not included).

  • Expand/Collapse What if I do not like beer? Will I still enjoy the West End Beer Tasting Pub Tour?

    If you do not like beer but would like to join the tour, we can order you a drink of a similar budget - please let your guide know at the start of the tour.

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