In my mind, there are a couple of things synonymous with London, the royal family, big ben, double-decker buses, and pubs. I’ve created a self-guided walking tour through London that doubles as a London historic pub crawl. This pub tour through London stops at 7 different London Pubs and takes you nearby all of London’s major attractions.
Earlier this week I told you why I think London is the perfect destination for a long weekend trip. I also had a chance to stay at the historic Savoy Hotel in London, so if you’re interested in checking out the review click here! These days all large cities have some sort of hop-on/hop-off tourist bus. If you are looking for something different to do in London, do this self-guided London Pub crawl for sightseeing that will take you through London allowing you to see all of the major attractions!
Starting in Greenwich the first stop on this self-guided London pub tour is The Greenwich Union. Check out the Royal Observatory then grab a London Lager at The Greenwich Union! This compact pub makes up for its small size with plenty of character. The pub offers ten varieties of local craft brewer The Meantime Brewery beers.
Hop on the Thames Clippers to catch a ride to the Tower stop. Here you can visit the Tower of London and see the famous Crown Jewels. Walk across the famous Tower Bridge to Pommelers Rest, your second stop on this self-guided London pub crawl route.
Here you will find a Pub in the old Tower Bridge Hotel. Their extensive beer and cocktail list will be sure to have something that quenches your thirst.
You can get back on the Thames Clipper for two more stops and get off at Bankside, otherwise, it’s a mile and a half walk down by the Thames River to reach your next stop. If you choose to walk you’ll be treated with views of one of London’s most famous buildings, The Shard. Here you will find Shakespeare’s Globe Theater. “To drink or not to drink, that is the question.” The third stop on your self-guided London historic pub crawl for sightseeing is a couple of blocks south, and you’ll find the White Hart.
This pub has a social club atmosphere with classic furniture and a selection of games to play. Or you can venture to the Borough Market that has multiple bars serving craft beer and just about any street food you could imagine making it a perfect halfway point on your self-guided London historic pub crawl.
Just 500 m to the west is The Kings Arms. One of Time Out London’s Bar’s of the Week. As far as London Pubs go this one is great. Now run by Wadsworth Brewery they serve seven varieties of craft beer, along with Thai food, wine, and any cocktail you could imagine. After you’ve had your fill at your fifth stop along the self-guided London historic pub crawl, head towards the river.
If you keep making your way west towards the Thames, you’ll hit the famous London Eye. From there take a stroll by the Thames until you hit Westminster Bridge where you can get your picture of Parliament.
Cross the bridge, and you’ll find Westminster Abbey where famous Brits such as Issac Newton and Charles Darwin are buried. If you follow Birdcage walk you’ll eventually hit St. James Park, then Buckingham Palace. Just a few blocks south and you find Cask & Glass a classic little pub perfect for getting out of the rain and warming up with a whiskey or beer.
Take the Underground to Piccadilly Circus and then walk four blocks east and you’ll find The Experimental Cocktail Club. Reservations are highly recommended because this place is tiny. You’ll be able to enjoy some unique cocktails in this speakeasy-style establishment.
The last stop along the self-guided London pub crawl is Trafalgar Square, just a short walk south from Experimental Cocktail Club. There are many pubs you could visit around this area, but check out The Harp where they serve ciders and hand-pulled real ales.
Now you have had a chance to experience the major sights that London has to offer, along with some great London pubs. I think this self-guided London pub tour is a great option if you’re looking for something different to do in London. The best part is most of these pubs are opened early, so you can visit even more great London pubs if you’re up for it. If you’d like to download the google maps route just enter your information below!