London Old Docks – Historic Pub Tour

Enjoy craft brews, traditional pub grub and old pirate legends in some of London’s oldest recorded taverns along the River Thames.
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This food tour is not currently being offered – please review our other food tours in London

Explore this old pirates & artists hangout, one historic pub at a time…

If you’re visiting London or want to explore more of this vast city you call home, why not let us take you back in time to London’s historic old docks? For centuries the London Docklands was Britain’s main trading port and a hub for thieves, dockers, sailors and even pirates!

Today, the neighbourhood couldn’t be any different! With its charming cobbled lanes and luxury riverside apartments, it’s hard to imagine the London Docklands’ colourful past! Although the dockers and pirates may be long gone, the brews they drank, the taverns they frequented and the stories they told still remain.

Our London Old Docks food tour takes you on an incredible journey back in time. We uncover the fascinating stories and secrets that shaped the area, all served up with London’s best craft brews, ciders and finest pub grub. You’ll visit some of the oldest recorded taverns on the River Thames and learn which famous faces have frequented them too. Listen to tales of Charles Dickens, Frank Sinatra and Princess Margaret, while dining on fish & chips, bangers and mash, and other iconic British dishes – all paired with the perfect brew!

Discover another side of London while enjoying incredible views of the city skyline on this fascinating food experience along the river.

This tour is not currently being offered. Please review our other great London food tours.

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Tour highlights may include

Discover the neighbourhood once home to London’s thriving docks, while digging into a ‘proper’ British beef pie!

Revel in tales of pirates, thieves and artists told in the same places they once called home.

Taste the beer that was once said to save British sailors from a grizzly end. Not a beer drinker? No worries! We will happily swap your beers for another British classic: cider.

Dive into some classic British pub grub - fish & chips with mushy peas.

Enjoy an English 'bangers and mash' with a traditional in-house ale only found on this side of the Atlantic.

Swap the city streets for gorgeous riverside views.

Explore 4 of the oldest taverns left on the riverside that survived the Blitz and even the Great Fire of London.

Experience a fascinating side of British history that most tourists miss.

FOR BEER LOVERS! Double your beers at 4 of our stops and get a pint of a local cider with our Premium Drink Package for only £18.50 per person!

Enhance your taste of local life with 2x the beer during your tour among the historic pubs of London. The Premium Drink Package includes:

drinking beer at a pub

  • An additional 1/2 pint at four of our pub visits.
  • Swap your final beer tasting with a pint of a local cider.

You can add the Premium Drink Package to your booking during checkout.

Note: this option is only available for ages 18+; Eating Europe reserves the right to substitute a non-alcoholic drink should the guest become inebriated. 

Lee, our guide, was really knowledgeable and fun! The food was fantastic and the ales, beer and ciders were amazing. Plus, I learned a lot, so what’s not to love? I highly recommend the tour!

- Damon (Tripadvisor Review)

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