A Road to Ruin - Private Tour
Uncover the relationship of Londoners and their alcohol
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
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
A Road to Ruin tour reviews:
"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
" Excellent walk. Hazel was very engaging and informative She had designed an interesting historical and produced copies of relevant William Hogarth prints to bring it to life. I’d certainly go on further walks with her." Anon
“Fantastic tour - 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!" Anon
"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." Anon
"Hazel is always an amazing and entertaining guide. She makes history come alive and even if you think you know a specific area of London - however many times you have walked down a particular street - you’ve definitely missed something! Hazel will encourage you to stop, look around and explore the history. Totally recommend." Anon
"A fascinating walk! Our guide was very knowledgeable and made it both informative and fun." Rae & Peter L
"I really enjoyed the 'Road to Ruin Walk' from the Angel to the Farringdon Tube Station. The guide Hazel was a cheerful, friendly person with very well researched knowledge who enjoyed sharing it with the group. Her illustration of certain points through pictures/ works of art were also very effective. I like guided walks through London very much as they take me through streets I have never been or make me look at familiar areas with new insight." Anon
"Fantastic walk! this was really interesting. the tour given was very detailed and informative and the tour guide obviously knew her stuff and made it engaging and fun! The walk was great and i will definitely look out for the other guided walks." Anon
"If you enjoy fascinating facts this walk is worth doing." Anon
"Another very informative and enjoyable walk with Hazel and her new microphone which was a great addition." Anon
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