The secret histories of London’s pubs

London’s busy streets echo with footfall and voices and the rush of traffic and in our heads-down-get-to-work minds, we can be forgive for focusing on the practical and the convenient.

But,beneath the hubbub,secret worlds abound. One such world contains the Inns, Taverns and Pubs of London past.

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Step off the beaten track and you will be rewarded with treasure galore.

Many are the Londoners who tell me they have walked past that building or that alleyway or that turning a hundred times but have never ventured within.

As London has grown over the centuries,the Pubs,often tucked away have remained and are living testament to our desire for company,laughter and alcohol.

Just a few examples of London Pubs waiting behind the scenes are stunning Gin Palaces, a subterranean wine bar-London’s oldest,the Pub that is a Pawnbrokers, banks and coffee houses hat became Pubs, Pubs that Dickens and even Shakespeare drank in,the Pub in 2 halves,the Pub from A Tale of 2 Cities and so much more.

But you need to know where to seek these treasures.

An American once said,”I thought I was an alcoholic,until I went to London” because there are thousands of Pubs to choose from ranging through style and century.

To know London Pubs is to know London.

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Vic Norman runs Dragon and Flagon London Pub Tours.  He is passionate about London, its History and in particular, its wonderful collection of old Pubs.

“No visit to London is complete without sampling a drink (or two) in a traditional London Tavern”.

Join Vic on his next tour on 10th May for the Strand and & Globlet Tour  go to  www.londonpubtours.weebly.com for details of this and other tours.