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Horrid History London Pub Tour

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  • 3.5 Hours
  • Recommended for ages 18+
  • Not wheelchair friendly unfortunately
  • Guaranteed Departure
  • English Flag
    Tour in English
  • No tube/bus ticket is needed

Horrid History London Pub Tour Details

Take a free walking tour around Smithfield, a meat market since 1174 (and the City of London’s only wholesale food market still in it’s original location) and the edge of London’s first suburb Clerkenwell (settled in the Middle Ages) – passing the sites of 2 of London’s most important Medieval religious institutions and it’s oldest hospital.

Learn about the bloody and gruesome history of the area and find out the answers to the following questions:

Which spice grown in Clerkenwell was used to disguise the taste of rancid meat?
Where was the river of blood?
What happened to the arms and legs of William Wallace? And why did the Prior of Charterhouse suffer a similar fate?
Where were 40,000 victims of the black death buried and what is there now?
Where did Bloody Mary feast on chicken and red wine while watching protestant martyrs burning at the stake?

And most importantly:

Where can you get a pint at 7 am and what is a “City Boy’s Breakfast”?

We will be stopping for a drink at 4 pubs of exceptional historical and architectural interest and your guide will be happy to give recommendations for local cask ales and gins (don’t forget to bring some money for the drinks!).

Free Tour

Pay What You Can

Meeting Point

St Paul’s Underground Station, exit 2 next to Caffe Nero – EC2V 6AA(view on Google Maps)

Ending Location

Ye Olde Mitre Pub1 Ely Ct, Ely Pl, London EC1N 6SJ (view on Google Maps)


15 minutes prior to the starting time

Horrid History London Pub Tour Itinerary

  • St Paul's Underground Station
  • Christ Church Greyfriars
  • The Central Criminal Court
  • The Viaduct (Pub)
  • Pye Corner
  • St Bartholomew The Great Church
  • The Hand and Shears (Pub)
  • Charterhouse Square
  • The Fox and Anchor (Pub)
  • Farringdon Underground/Railway Station
  • Bleeding Heart Yard
  • Ye Olde Mitre (Pub)

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Horrid History London Pub Tour Reviews

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The Bloomsbury Pub Tour exceeded our expectations! It was a great mix of history of London and a pub crawl with a nice group of people. Mark made the evening absolutely interesting and enjoyable, despite the cold weather. He is very knowledgeable and passionate, and answered all our questions. He told us lot of history as well as curiosities related to the old times. A pleasant evening filled with fun, which we absolutely enjoyed and would definitely recommend! Thank you Mark! Looking forward to booking the next tour with you!

FrancescaLondon - February 2020

I found out about the tour only because some friends had published on their FB page, it has been a fantastic evening! Mark was superlative in explaining history with interesting details making it also enjoyable a funny. I highly recommend you do it!

Andrìa P - February 2020


When does Free Horrid History London Pub Tour run?

Horrid History London Pub Tour usually runs on Fridays at 7pm, please check the calendar to find available dates

Where does Horrid History London Pub Tour start?

Our Free Horrid History London Pub Tour starts at St Paul’s Underground Station, exit 2 next to Caffe Nero

Where does the tour end?

Our Free Horrid History London Pub Tour ends at the Ye Olde Mitre Pub, 1 Ely Ct, Ely Pl, London EC1N 6SJ

How long is the tour expected to last?

The Free Horrid History London Pub Tour lasts for around 3 and a half hours

How will I find the tour guide?

Look for the guide with our unique blue, red and white umbrella with our logo.
You will receive more detailed instructions by email after your booking.

What happens if it is raining?

We go out RAIN or SHINE, so if it’s drizzling please remember to bring a rain jacket or an umbrella.
Only in case of unbearably inclement weather, the tour will be rescheduled and you will be contacted as soon as we can.

Can I just show up without booking?

Yes you can, but we highly recommend to make a booking which is absolutely free and it takes less than one minute.
This is because in case of a very large group, for health and safety reasons we would need to accept participants with booking only and unfortunately if you have no booking we will have to send you home.
Please note that we can’t take groups of 6 people or more on our free tours, if this is the case please get in touch with us here to enquire about a private tour private@wondersoflondon.com.

What does 'Free Pay What You Can' mean?

Wonders of London works on a pay what you feel basis, we understand that many of you have travelled various distances to get here, some of you might be locals, some of you might be on holiday here and we know that it can be difficult to enjoy all of London’s best attractions without spending a fair penny. We want our tours to be accessible to anyone and everyone so we don’t charge a ticket price but just bear in mind that are guides are working guides so we ask that at the end of the tour just have a think about what the tour was worth to you and pay however much or small you feel.

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