Des De Moor’s Heritage Tours: City Sips and Holborn Halves

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Date(s) - 17/05/2018
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Chancery Lane Tube Station

Discover Southwark’s beery past and present in the company of an expert on this fascinating short evening walking tour, including important heritage sites and a visit to a working brewery with beers included.

Hear how Southwark ale loosened the tongues of Chaucer’s pilgrims, discover how London brewers revolutionised the industry on the original site of Shakespeare’s Globe, admire the splendour of the Victorian Hop Exchange, find a dray horse amidst the winding streets of Dickens’ Jacob’s Island, wonder at the industrial grandeur of the old Courage brewery and get some of best views of iconic Tower Bridge and the Thames, once the heart of the world’s biggest port. End with a brewhouse tour and a pint of fine cask ale at one of the new generation of Bermondsey breweries.

A very special and intimate historic pub and beer tour in a fascinating part of London, in the friendly company of one of the capital’s leading beer and pub experts.

Your host for the tour is renowned London beer expert and Accredited Beer Sommelier Des de Moor, author of The CAMRA Guide to London’s Best Beer, Pubs and Bars, tutored tasting host and experienced walk and tour leader.

This walking tour explores the exceptional pubs and hidden corners of the historic part of London between Holborn Viaduct and Blackfriars Bridge, on the banks of the long-covered river Fleet, including Legal London, Fleet Street and the western edge of the City. We pause in four great pubs serving excellent beer including traditional English cask and more contemporary styles.

Most of the pubs are recognised Heritage Pubs with exceptional interiors. We’ll also glance at more historic pubs along the way, as well as numerous other picturesque and interesting sites with historic, literary and architectural interest. You’ll even get to hear the river Fleet — something even most born-and-bred Londoners haven’t done.

Total walking on this tour is around 2 miles (3 km) through easy territory with plenty of stops along the way. Tours operate rain or shine and comfortable shoes and outdoor clothing essential. Maximum group size is eight people. We can also provide this tour as a private booking: contact us for details.

Our price includes:

Expert guiding and commentary
Informal tutored tasting and advice on beers to try
A half-pint of beer per person in each pub.