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Literary Pub Crawl and Tavern Tour in London provided by London Literary Pub Crawl Tour

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Literary Pub Crawl and Tavern Tour in London

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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.
  • 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
  • Explore Fitzrovia and Soho: two of London’s most characterful areas
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.
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Important Information
Departure Point
25 Rathbone Pl, Fitzrovia, London W1T 1JB, UK
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
  • Guide
  • Live entertainment
  • Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Most travellers can participate
  • Children (over 14) must be accompanied by an adult
  • Minimum drinking age is 18 years
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 25 travellers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Stephen g wrote a review Sep. 2020
3 contributions1 helpful vote
A very entertaining and informative tour of literary Fitzrovia and Soho with our knowledgeable and entertaining guide Richard. We're Londoners, but learned a lot. There were several pub stops, always in appropriately distanced locations so that we felt quite safe.
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Date of experience: September 2020
Danny_mcca wrote a review Jan. 2020
127 contributions29 helpful votes
A last minute booking during a Christmas break in London, which became the highlight of our trip. The tour trumped Buckingham Palace, The Tower of London and The British Museum, although this is possibly due to the copious amounts of alcohol included. Our guide, Richard, was
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Date of experience: January 2020
Response from MaverickTheatre, Writer at Literary Pub Crawl and Tavern Tour in London
Responded 4 Mar. 2020
Thank you so much for this. We do try! I’ll let Richard know too. It’s great that you ‘get’ what we’re trying to do. Thanks again. Cheers!
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Lisa wrote a review Sep. 2019
Ottawa, Canada4 contributions1 helpful vote
Amazing tour. It was fun and educational. Great value for money and out group was perfect as was our guide!
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Date of experience: September 2019
Response from MaverickTheatre, Writer at Literary Pub Crawl and Tavern Tour in London
Responded 4 Mar. 2020
Thank you so much for this. Cheers!
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FernandaC wrote a review Jul. 2019
Eindhoven, The Netherlands10 contributions3 helpful votes
I simply loved this experience. Our guide, Niels, was fun and very knowledgeable. We visit nice places that have a whole new image now that we know about the people that have been there. I really recommend this tour, specially because the guides are writers and completely
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Andreea wrote a review Jul. 2019
3 contributions
Guided by a sensational character and actor we got to experience the literal history written in the walls of the wonderful taverns and the vivid streets of Soho.
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Date of experience: July 2019
About the operator

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Jonathan D
Great experience
A really interesting and informative afternoon; a mix of acting, readings of poetry and prose, as well as history o
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Great time had by all!
An entirely unexpected Christmas gift that led to an entirely unexpectedly brilliant evening. Neil, our guide, kept
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We had a great time!
My wife and I took the tour last Saturday lunchtime. There were just 4 of us plus our guide, Neil, an actor and si
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Brian I
Nothing special
My wife and I recently went on this tour. We were both really excited after reading all the reviews from here. Well
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Caroline P
Lively, interesting, educational and plenty of chance for a drink
Our guide Neil was great. He was a good actor and singer and played all parts with enthusiasm. There was enough tim
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Richard S
Entertaining and informative
A fun experience covering so much in three hours. Excellent background and actors seemed to have as much pleasure a
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An invisible dimension brought to life!
Just a word to say how much myself and my friend enjoyed the tour. It added so much depth to my view of great part
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Very interesting
Lovely ex[experience in these particular London Pub with nice staff and lovely Beers, not very busy and relaxing.
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Too many people, not enough literature
We did this on a Saturday and there was one actor leading a group of 32 of us. It was a struggle to hear her becaus
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Nik p
This was rubbish, we went having paid half price with an amazon offer, it was one chap pretending to be all differe
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A waste of a London day
My initial gripe was that I booked a private tour and paid full price for 10 friends because Nick told me that i co
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Key Details
  • Soho, London Literary Pub Crawl Tour, and 1 more
  • Duration: 3h
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