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Literary Pub Crawl and Tavern Tour in London

From US$24.10
  • Stay off the tourist trail and follow your guide to locals-approved pubs
  • Learn all about London’s literary history
  • Take part in a traditional British pub quiz
Literary Pub Crawl and Tavern Tour in London
From US$24.10
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'Any Time - Any Day' Tour
For groups of 8 or more, you can book a show any time on any day of the week. (Although remember, most pubs don't open till midday!)
From US$24.13
Saturday Promenade Tour
Explore the writers pubs, secret members clubs and venues of Soho and Fitzrovia with Charles Dickens (Deceased)! Every Saturday at 5pm
From US$32.17

London’s lively pub culture is an essential part of the city’s identity and literary heritage. On this walking tour of the Soho and Fitzrovia neighborhoods in central London, you won’t just see key historical sites. You’ll also take part in a British pub quiz, sample traditional ales (own expense), and follow in the footsteps of the writers and artists who frequented these establishments, from Virginia Woolf to Dylan Thomas.

What to Expect

Meet your guide at a convenient location in central London’s Fitzrovia neighborhood. If you’ve selected the “Any Time, Any Day” option, pick your own departure time after 12pm. If you’ve chosen the Saturday Promenade option, your tour will begin in the late afternoon.

Begin the tour by venturing into a pub and taking part in a beloved local tradition: the pub quiz. Test your knowledge on literary subjects, and sip a pint of ale, if you’d like (own expense).

Next, continue to a number of literary-minded locations in Fitzrovia and Soho. As you go, your guide will share stories about the luminaries who once walked these streets, from Charles Dickens and Dylan Thomas to Karl Marx and Virginia Woolf. You’ll also watch re-enactments of key moments in British literary history, and learn about contemporary artists and writers like Paul McCartney and Damien Hirst.

This tour concludes at the Coach & Horses pub in Soho.

Write a ReviewReviews (29)

1 - 5 of 26 reviews

Reviewed 9 October 2017
A passionate experience of literary London!

My wife and I had an amazing evening with guide, Nick Hennegan. He provided a passionate - and extremely well researched - tour around the old haunts of literary London. For those who know Thomas, Dickens and Wolf through and through, or just those -...More

Thank Mike W
MaverickTheatre, Writer at London Literary Pub Crawl Tour, responded to this reviewResponded 11 October 2017

Thank you so much Mike. It's great to hear feedback like this. I shall tell the guys in Soho! Love to you both.

Reviewed 31 May 2017
More then expected

Booked for 7 pm but Nick met us earlier at 5 pm. It was a wet sunday night in London when even the rats were looking for a pint. Luckily there were so many pubs to take shelter in. Learned about the history and culture...More

Thank Rocky S
MaverickTheatre, Writer at London Literary Pub Crawl Tour, responded to this reviewResponded 14 June 2017

Thanks so much for this review, Rocky. It was a real pleasure to meet you both. And the rat! I really should have got the iPhone out! It was a very nonchalant creature! I might write a blog post about it. Thanks again for coming....More

Reviewed 19 April 2017
Long Overdue Review

My husband and I traveled to London for the first time and we are such literary nerds, and because London has such a love for the arts, particularly literary writers, he was able to book us on this literary pub tour. The tour began on...More

Thank cllttgmr
MaverickTheatre, Manager at London Literary Pub Crawl Tour, responded to this reviewResponded 22 April 2017

Thanks so much for this. We really appreciate it. Yes, please do come again - you would have missed our now-famous Literary Pub Quiz! Nick is the writer amongst us and although our actors are strong on performance, Nick is strong on passion and can...More

Reviewed 21 December 2016
Fantastic evening with intriguing information!

My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed our evening with the London Literary Pub Crawl! The neighborhoods were fascinating, and the pubs themselves were inviting. We certainly recommend the tour for an evening of information and fun.

Thank Preston W
MaverickTheatre, Writer at London Literary Pub Crawl Tour, responded to this reviewResponded 12 March 2017

Thanks so much. Really appreciate this. It will help keep us out of debtors prison! 😅

Reviewed 19 July 2015
Great fun - certainly a bit different

If you want to do something that just a little bit different, I can recommend this tour. It takes about 2 hours in total and you walk around the different pubs frequented by writers and artists. Our guide was dressed up and told the story...More

Thank short_scuba_diver
MaverickTheatre, Writer at London Literary Pub Crawl Tour, responded to this reviewResponded 12 March 2017

Thanks short scuba! Thanks for 'diving in' to our show. (See what I did there?) Glad you enjoyed it and thanks very much for coming. I'm guessing your preferences are more water orintated, so it's great you got on with our urban offering.

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