A Road to RuinPrivate Tour
Uncover the relationship of Londoners and their alcohol
Duration: 90 mins | Step-free access: yes
No alcohol consumption involved. Suitable for all age groups.
Private tour price:
£135 includes up to and including 12 people. £160 13 - 30 people
Max group size: 30
On this alcohol-themed walk where we discover an ancient drover's road which led to riches for some and ruin for others.
Investigate a number of fascinating buildings along an ancient Drover's road into London including an 'in and out pub', a world famous inn, a brewery, two gin distilleries and even a licensed pawn broker!
During this guided walk will also be investigating the relationship between Londoners and their alcohol, whether that's making, drinking or selling it. We explore different classes of society and how the popular English past-time of drinking was interpreted by artists of the day including Georgian engraver and artist William Hogarth.
Learn how we gained the expressions 'One for the road', 'a Mother's ruin' and 'dead drunk'.
Start: outside Angel Tube Station
End: Farringdon Station
A Road to Ruin tour reviews:
Hazel was so knowledgeable and fun. We did a tour called 'Road to Ruin' and it was just great. Really interesting and the time flew by, we learnt so much about the area. There were no questions hazel couldn't answer and she made the tour really interactive and enjoyable. We are definitely going to do another one soon!
"'Road to ruin' walk”
Hazel was a well-informed and entertaining guide and in the course of this short but brisk walk we covered Islington's historic pubs, breweries and distilleries. We also covered in interesting detail some Hogarth drawings and had a short discussion on Hogarth's methodology. Varied and fun.
"Another very informative and enjoyable walk with Hazel and her new microphone which was a great addition." Anonymous
"If you enjoy fascinating facts this walk is worth doing." Anonymous
"A thoroughly interesting and pleasant walk around Farringdon exploring the history of London and its relationship with alcohol. Brilliantly guided tour with a fascinating explanation and comparison of some famous Hogarth sketches. Great way to spend a Saturday morning." Andrew, Wood Green
"Thank you Hazel. Fabulous alcohol en route walk. I am hooked to history of London now." Jade, Singapore
"Another really enjoyable social historic walk, thanks Hazel!" Chloe, High Barnet
"Excellent! The best way to see and learn the interesting cultural aspects of London." Rosemarie B, Florida USA
“Thanks Hazel for an informative and enjoyable walk.” Ian, Greenwich
"Lovely interesting walk Hazel. Thank you. Just off to have a pint of gin now!" Joan, Feltham
“Excellent! Really enjoyed learning some of the history of the area and having a chat.” Liz Australia
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