Join me on a stroll through the West End to discover just how Britain changed the world of wine. From the Knights' Templar to the Napoleonic wars with lashings of Claret and Port along the way (so long as you pass it correctly!) This 3.5 hour tour will stop by some of London's oldest wine caverns for regular refreshment along the route. In between stories of intrigue and scandal we will stop by several of London's oldest, working wine bars as I tell the story of how the other half drink... We will be stopping along the way at the more affordable drinking dens, as we discover just how and why a beer-loving nation- incapable of growing their own vines- became so obsessed with wine...
When I decided to write my undergraduate thesis on the historical drinking dens of London, my mother was not best pleased... However, 6 years later, following jobs in tourism, lecturing and wine retail, I have launched a new and unique tour that educates, entertains and, most importantly, brings people together. Join me for an off-the-beaten-track experience that combines history and anecdotes in vino veritas in the most visited city in the world!
We will start at the Embankment underground station exit (Villiers Street) slowly make our way east, stopping at statues, parks and buildings of interest as well as the oldest drinking dens in London including but not limited to the the Savoy Hotel, a World War II era French Cave à Vin and a speakeasy style wine bar built under a Victorian arch.
money to spend on food and drinks
We will meet outside Embankment station five minutes before the start of the tour and we will finish up around 3.5 hours later near Holborn and Chancery Lane stations for easy access to the tube (Central & Piccadilly lines)