A Road to Ruin Walk
The perfect guided walk for those interested in history, London and alcohol.
Join us on the “Road to Ruin” walking tour, a fascinating exploration for history enthusiasts, London lovers and those with interest an in alcohol. We’ll begin in Clerkenwell, a historic gin and beer production hub, and venture through the area to uncover its intriguing past.
Discover the complex relationship between London’s different classes of society and the alcohol they consumed. Learn about the impact of alcohol production and consumption, and how artists portrayed society and its expectations of different classes.
- Authentic different alcohol-themed tour
- Discover an interesting aspect of historical London
- Adults only. NB: Tea totals are very welcome. This is not a pub crawl.
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Join Hazel on a fascinating walking tour along an ancient Drover’s Road, exploring the historic neighbourhoods of Clerkenwell and Smithfield. The area was once full of pubs, breweries and distilleries, and the tour will take you on a journey through time to discover the stories behind the buildings, history and local characters.
As you walk along the Road to Ruin, you’ll visit a range of interesting buildings, including an ‘in and out pub’, a world-famous inn, a brewery, two gin distilleries and even a licensed pawnbroker. Hazel will also share rare and interesting facts and tales about the area, giving you a unique insight into its past.
The tour will also delve into the fascinating history of drinking culture in England, examining how it was interpreted by journalists and artists of the past and comparing it to the modern world. Hazel will explain the origins of expressions such as “one for the road”, “a Mother’s ruin” and “dead drunk”, and you’ll leave the tour with a deeper understanding of the stories and traditions that have shaped this iconic aspect of English culture.
This walking tour offers a unique and engaging way to explore the history and culture of Clerkenwell and Smithfield, uncovering the secrets of this fascinating neighbourhood and its rich past. With Hazel as your knowledgeable and engaging guide, you’re sure to have an unforgettable experience.