This excursion will be back soon. In the meantime we’d be happy to organise a private tour for you. Please contact us on 020 7624 3978 | to make a booking.

Smugglers & Sailors, Pirates & Pubs

Tower Hill underground station, London (meet by the Tower Hill Tram coffee stand)

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You must reserve your place online for this walk. Select your date and time on the table below.

Short read: Smugglers & Sailors, Pirates & Pubs.

Even shorter read: London’s old waterfront.

Long read: Yo Ho! – Stand By to Go About! The Tower of London tableau to the Prospect of Whitby (pub & prospect). As contrasts go that one’s a carnival dare-devil ride. Except that it’s real, it’s London. A running jump from the politeness and modernity of the City and the “heritage” of the Tower straight into London’s old sailor town. Into a twisting and sulking riverside street. Into London’s saltiest history. Into a composition Whistler loved to paint. Into a pub with a history as vivid as a detective story. Into a couple of others that are its mates. Where’s this London? It’s down marina way, that’s where. Ship basin way. Timber-framed brewery building way. Tall ships and brisk lads drying in the sun at Execution Dock way. Georgian riverside houses way. Old warehouses way. Towering, curving brick walls way. Down river-stairs way. Down where the alleys are cobblestoned. And dark. Down where the river smells can be tasted. Down where the past crouches in patches of sepulchral silence and dramatic stygian dimness – and pub lamps blaze out a welcome. Down where the muddy grandeur of the Thames is the bass line. And the amen. Shiver me timbers. 


 Smugglers & Sailors, Pirates & Pubs takes place at 7.15 pm on the following Saturdays: TBA

Meet Steve at 7.15 pm just outside Tower Hill Tube (meet by the Tower Hill Tram Coffee Stall).


“London Walks puts you into the hands of an expert on the particular area and topic of a tour…”   The New York Times*

“award-winning London Walks are unrivalled for quality and range”  American in Britain Magazine

“London’s best city tours”  The Telegraph

“by far the most impressive series of walks that I have ever encountered are those offered by London Walks”  Travel and Enjoy


If you can’t make one of the regularly scheduled, just-turn-up, public Smugglers & Sailors – London’s Old Waterfront walks do think about booking one as a private tour. If you go private you can have the Smugglers & Sailors – London’s Old Waterfront walk – or any other London Walk – on a day and at a time that suits your convenience. We’ll tailor it to your requirements. Ring Fiona or Noel or Mary on 020 7624 3978 or email us at and we’ll set it up and make it happen for you. A private London Walk – they’re good value for an individual or couple and sensational value for a group – makes an ideal group or educational or birthday party or office (team-building) or club outing.


A private London Walk makes a very special, thoughtful and unusual gift.  Be it a birthday or anniversary or get-to-know-your-new neighbourhood gift or graduation or Christmas present or whatever. Merchandise schmerchandise (gift wrapped or not) – but giving someone an experience, now that’s special. Memories make us rich.


But don’t just take it from us and the New York Times


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