Sunday, 11 January 2015

Walk of the Week: The Hidden #Pubs of Old #London Town

Every Sunday we’ll pluck just one walk from the vast London Walks repertoire and put it centre stage.

You can check out the full schedule at

There's no need to book. A London Walk takes about two hours and costs £9 or £7 for concs. Kids under 15 accompanied by their parent[s] go free.

But if you only take one walking tour this week, why not make it…


7 pm on Tuesdays from Temple Tube

"The History of London is the history of its taverns; to know one is to know the other."

Welcome to cheek-by-jowl, higgledy-piggledy, quintessential London. To gnarled, brooding back-alleys, secluded courtyards and tortuous zigzag passages. Oh there are famous sights, but to get to them we have to walk crookedly, through a maze of curiosities. 

We set our course by the best old pubs in town - including the most famous London inn of all. Old pubs that are, as every English pub should be, a solace and a delight...and all the more special for being hidden away down this or that dark alley, like precious gems in rumpled velvet. 

Here, like no other place in town, we have 2,000 years of London and its inns in the palm of our hand. The echoes are of Roman tabernas and Shakespearean ale-houses and Dickensian coaching inns...of feasting and wine and song... of the souls of poets dead and gone... the very zeitgeist of London. And what better company to keep than the shades of Dr. Johnson, Oscar Wilde, and Dickens himself.

The Hidden Pubs of Old London Town Walk takes place every Tuesday at 7 pm

Meet Steve or Andy just outside the exit of TempleTube.

TempleTube is on the Circle & District Lines

A London Walk costs £9 – £7 concession. To join a London Walk, simply meet your guide at the designated tube station at the appointed time. Details of all London Walks can be found at

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