Along the Thames Pub Walk

(11 customer reviews)

Blackfriars underground station, London

Guided by Adam or Chris or David or Nick G. or Richard III or Simon

Walk Times

Day Walk Type Start Time End Time
Friday Weekly 6 pm 8.30 pm Winter Summer Reserve Online

N.B. this walk will not take place on the following dates:

08-03-2024

Short read: If you only have time for one walking tour, this is the one to go on…

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Long read: The classic London pub walk. It takes in London’s last remaining galleried coaching inn, its best riverside walkway, its oldest market, the most sensational art gallery in the world (we usually pop inside for a quick look), the church where Harvard University’s founder was baptised, and an 18th-century pub that brews its own beer – plus lashings of Shakespeare, a jot of Dickens, lots of pub lore, and London’s best skyline panorama.

It gets better. Because there’s also, four centuries on,  the recently discovered remains of Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre (and its sister playhouse The Rose), to say nothing of the thrilling, thatch-roofed reproduction that’s risen, Phoenix-like, only a stone’s throw away. Let alone the astonishing replica of Sir Francis Drake’s Golden Hinde, the ship that the great Elizabethan mariner sailed around the world over 400 years ago. Anchored there in the murky Thames, its timbers creaking eerily in the misty London night and The Globe just yards away – it’s a ghost ship lost in time. Say it again, “the most exciting walk in London…” 

Walkers on a recent Thames Pub walk with guide Adam

ALONG THE THAMES PUB WALK – THE PRACTICALS

The Along the Thames Pub Walk takes place most Friday evenings at 6 pm. The meeting point is just outside the exit of Blackfriars Tube. N.B. the walk ends less than a minute’s walk from London Bridge Tube and Railway Station.

THE WEATHER – WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

“In four decades of guiding I’ve never once taken an umbrella.* It doesn’t rain on my walks.”** David, the Seigneur of this favoured realm [London Walks]

“I divorced weather forecasts five years ago. It’s like being unchained from a lunatic. You might as well look at a horoscope as pay any heed to UK weather forecasts” – London Walks guide, Adam, Visit England Superstar Finalist 2022.

London Weather Facts: Jerusalem, Gibraltar, Rome, Rhodes, etc. all get more rainfall than London. New York gets twice as much. London is one of the driest cities on earth.***

For a deep draught of the subject, try this richly satisfying (and eye-opening) podcast – https://www.walks.com/podcast/london-weather/

*Historically, the British public regarded the idea of not getting soaked when it’s pissing it down as ‘too French’, with accounts saying we called people a ‘mincing Frenchman’ if they were caught using an umbrella.

**Ok, we get the occasional mizzle but a mizzle does not pleasure and pain make, let alone a downpour [‘pleasure and pain’ is Cockney rhyming slang for ‘rain’]

***Needless to say London doesn’t have that reputation, it’s the last thing you’d expect. But this is the most mysterious, the most secretive city in the western world. Shape-shifting is par for the course for London. This place makes a speciality of pulling the wool over everybody’s eyes. Literally and figuratively – literally “the wool” is “the low London sky.”

IT ALL COMES DOWN TO THE GUIDING

Don’t just take it from us…

LONDON WALKS REVIEWS

“Best Tourism Experience in London”  Gold Medal Winner, Visit London

“The original and best – there are several companies offering walking tours of London but London Walks (London’s oldest) is easily the pick of the bunch” London, Cadogan Guide

“Even jaded Londoners find these London Walks a source of astonishing gems of information about the city in which they live.” Daily Mail, Top London Treats

“The best walking tours are organized by London Walks”  USA Today

LONDON WALKS PRIVATE WALKS

If you can’t make one of the regularly scheduled, just-turn-up, public Along the Thames Pub Walks do think about booking one as a private tour. If you go private you can have the Along the Thames Pub Walks – or any other London Walk – on a day and at a time that suits your convenience. We’ll tailor it to your requirements. And – always with private London Walks and tours – we go to great lengths to make sure the guide-walker(s) “fit” is well-nigh perfect. Ring Fiona or Peter or Mary or Niamh on 020 7624 3978 or email us at [email protected] 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.

GIVE THE GIFT OF LONDON WALKS

A private London Walk makes a very special, indeed, unique gift – be it a birthday or anniversary or Christmas present or whatever. Merchandise schmerchandise (gift wrapped or not) – but giving someone an experience, now that’s special. Memories make us rich.

MIND THE GAP

It’s not even close

LONDON WALKS – STREETS AHEAD!

Don’t just take it from us.

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11 reviews for Along the Thames Pub Walk

  1. Aimee L

    We had another great walk, this time with Richard III for a Thames Pub walk. Despite a disrupted route due to the bridge construction we got a blend of history, river lore, and of course pubs and suggested beers to try! Highly recommend this (and every) London Walk.

  2. Donna Connolly

    Richard III was very knowledgeable and entertaining. We learned new facts about London. We enjoyed the pub stops. I have trouble walking long distances so he made sure I was ok. I felt bad holding the group up but most of our other walkers were considerate. We stayed and had dinner at our last stop The George. Food was good.

  3. Daniel Petrosino

    Richard the III was absolutely fantastic! On top of being an encyclopedia of English & London/Westminster history, he was funny as hell and when he had to improv due to a bridge closure, he took us to some other fascinating spots along the way to reconnect with the route that were equally as intriguing. This was recommended by a friend and I cannot recommend Richard and this walk more!! You’ll love it!

  4. Nancy Deininger

    My husband and I went on the Thames Pub Walk on Friday, September 29, 2023 with Simon! I believe Simon was filling in for someone! It was fantastic! Simon had so much knowledge ! He was a great walk host! We stopped at three pubs! The walks usually last about 2 hours but Simon had so much to share we ran over! What a fun way to learn about London and get to know your way around!

  5. Jenni Hartley

    Richard 3rd was amazing. He was accommodating to our person in a wheelchair. His stories were full of information and he brought the history to Life. I have done this wall over 10 times over 20+ years and still my favorite!

  6. Ross

    We did the pub walk on September 22nd with Richard III and it has been the highlight of our trip so far. Informative, entertaining and great value for the money. Pace of the walking was friendly to all, and we stopped in a couple great pubs. Highly, highly recommend

  7. Robin

    Richard III led my tour. He was informative, clever and the use of an amplifier was much appreciated on a busy Friday evening in London. I highly recommend this tour to visit some nice pubs and learn a lot of interesting London history along the way.

  8. Lorna

    We loved the pub walk with Simon! He was funny, informative and provided a lot of interesting tidbits about the pubs and beer. Highly recommend this walk for a different type of tourist experience!

  9. Monica M

    We very much enjoyed out pub walk with Adam. Over the past 20+ years we have taken many London Walks (40-50?) and the pub walks are always a favorite when we are meeting up with friends and looking for something to do. Adam was one of our favorite tour guides of all time–he has a great voice that carried well with a large group and he struck a great balance between imparting historical information and breaking for a pint or two (it is a pub walk after all :)). We will be looking for Adam on other tours. Thank you!

  10. A. Yaron

    Very nice,funny guide but it was more of a walk with not much info and we spent 20 minutes in each pub without any stories or information about beer and pubs at all. That would have been nice.
    More could have been put into the walk.

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