Alewives, hops, and gin shops - a stroll around the City's historic hostelries
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This walk explores the City's 2000-year love affair with convivial drinking and the evolution of our favourite social institution - the pub. We will see some of the Square Mile's most colourful hostelries and hear about the birth of brewing, the medieval wine trade, the gin craze, and how City authorities dealt with drunken disorder... a risk we shall limit by only stopping for a drink in our final pub!
- navigate ancient alleyways to find the pubs that inspired Dickens
- see an inn built by the canny Sir Christopher Wren close to his church building sites, so his workers spent their wages on beer and board...
- hear the graffiti ditty accusing a queen of drunkenness
- find out how much ale a medieval Londoner got through a day. (How much?!?)
- hear how women dominated the early brewing trade
- and have a drink under the watchful eye of Dominican friars...
*Rendezvous at 1115am for 1130 departure, Bank Tube Station, exit 4 or 5, in front of Royal Exchange*