Visiting your nearest local is basically a rite of passage for any Brit and as you’re in the country, you’ll want to join in on the tradition and head to the pub. We’ve done some digging and some gruelling trials to figure out what the best pub crawls London has to offer are…our livers will never be the same.
Named for the beloved board game of the same name, the goal of the Monopoly crawl is to make it to 26 different locals nearby 26 different London tube stations. It’s so popular that it’s garnered its own website and internet following, with its own monopoly board detailing every single location from the Lord Nelson on Old Kent Road through to the Spread Eagle on Oxford Street.
Hailed by The Telegraph as a crawl packed with ‘London’s most fascinating historical nuggets’, this route starts off in Blackfriars and takes you all the way through to Holborn. It’s much more manageable trek with just six spots on the list, but each one is steeped in British history from the Grade II listed Black Friar pub with its stained glass details through to rich timber wood Citie of Yorke tucked away in a cellar. If you’re on the lookout for more historic watering holes, check out our guide to the Oldest Pubs in London.
No surprises here: this pub crawl is a relatively straightforward one that follows the Circle Line underground track around the heart of London. It’s one up from the Monopoly crawl both literally and metaphorically, as you’ll have to hit 27 bars to fully complete the task. Starting off in Embankment and wrapping up in Leicester Square, it follows the outline of the train line on the map – which funnily enough draws out not a circle, but the shape of a beer bottle.
Attractions along the way: Tower Bridge, King’s Cross Station, Barbican Theatre, Houses of Parliament, Big Ben
Forget the tennis whites and Andy Murray – Wimbledon’s also home to a pretty amazing pub crawl route. Popularised by Oliver Reed who holds the record for an incredible 16 pub streak, the common route actually spans eight pubs to save you from liver failure. Starting at The Hand in Hand and finishing at Finch’s Wine Bar, the full list can be seen here.
Attractions along the way: Wimbledon Tennis Stadium
Shoreditch: home of the hipsters, craft beer hangouts and no end of cool street art. With so many pubs and so little time, there’s actually a dedicated Shoreditch Pub Crawl company that’ll take you to the quirkiest spots in the area. Don’t believe us? It starts off at Sink Pong Bar, a.k.a. a bar laden with ping pong tables. Better bring your A game and athletic shorts.
Attractions along the way: Brick Lane, Old Spitalfield Market
Want a splash of culture with your hangover? This special guided crawl follows the favourite haunts of London’s booziest writers and creatives, from Shakespeare to Charles Dickens to Virginia Woolf. You’ll be accompanied by actors playing some of the deceased literary figures and professional writers, who’ll also be able to share insight into works if you can focus after a couple of pints.
This publication is well known for being one of the best tools in a Londoner’s arsenal and it’s no surprise The Londonist has the skinny on one of the best crawls in the capital. They’ve set up a Crossrail Pub Crawl, which will follow the soon-to-be-built Crossrail trainline and they polled their readers to find out where the coolest pubs at every Crossrail stop would be. With stop offs at Paddington, Tottenham Court Road, Liverpool Street and Whitechapel, it’s a fun way to see the city with a pint in hand.
Attractions along the way: Handel & Hendrix, Pollock’s Toy Museum, Cartoon Museum