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!
On this alcohol themed walk where we discover an ancient drover's road which led to riches for some and ruin for others.
On this alcohol themed walk will be investigating the relationship between the different classes of society and the alcohol that was acceptable for them to drink. We explore how the famous English past-time of drinking was interpreted by journalists and artists of the day.
We investigate a number of fascinating buildings along an ancient Drover's road into London. This includes an 'in and out pub', a world famous inn, a brewery, two gin distilleries and even a licensed pawn broker!
Learn how we got the expressions 'One for the road', 'a Mother's ruin' and 'dead drunk'.
Where: Angel Tube
To: Farringdon Station
What people have said about our Tours on TripAdvisor:
I held my stag day in London with the 'Road to Ruin' walk part of the festivities. We were a group of ten, aged 20 to 50-somethings and to a man, really enjoyed the tour.
It was very interesting to see parts of London behind the main drags that we'd never seen before, and have the social and architectural history explained to us in a knowledgeable and fun way. The alcoholic theme of gin. debauchery and profiteering proved the perfect sharpener for the pub crawl ahead and was presented in a charming and entertaining way by the charming and entertaining Hazel.
In planning the day, I really was not sure what to book as one of my friends pretty much a tee-totaller, and another's walking hampered by gout, so this tour proved ideal, as it kept the celebratory feel going, whilst allowing us a needed break from over-consumption. It had sufficient walking to give us the benefit of fresh air, but lots of regular stops at points of interest to prevent it becoming an ordeal for those more suited to sitting down. The feedback I got from theses two was that they enjoyed it as much as the others.
To finish the tour outside of a great old London pub was too much of an opportunity to ignore and we took full advantage in slaking our thirsts.
Thank you Hazel, we had a brilliant day and I would recommend your Tour to anyone looking for something a bit different yet informative and fun.
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.