A Road to Ruin Private Tour

Uncover the relationship of Londoners and their alcohol

  • Private alcohol-themed walking tour
  • Discover an ancient drover’s road
  • Qualified CIGA tour guide
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90 min linear tour

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Private walking tour

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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 private tour 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’.

Perfectly suitable for tea totals; no alcohol consumption involved.

Start: Angel Tube Station

End: Farringdon Station




Road to Ruin Tour Reviews:

“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

“Thank you Hazel. Fabulous alcohol en route walk. I am hooked to history of London now.” Jade

“Another really enjoyable social historic walk, thanks Hazel!” Chloe

“Excellent! The best way to see and learn the interesting cultural aspects of London.” Rosemarie

“Thanks Hazel for an informative and enjoyable walk.” Ian

Your Guide: Hazel Baker