Southwark Ale and Borough Beer: evening heritage tour

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  • The George Inn


  • Food & Drink and Walks & Tours
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  • London Bridge
  • Over 18
  • Thursday 11th August 2022 and 5 other Thursdays
  • 18:30 - 21:30

Discover Southwark’s beery past and present in the company of an expert on this fascinating short summer evening walking tour, including important heritage sites and a visit to a working brewery with beers included.

Hear how Southwark ale loosened the tongues of Chaucer’s pilgrims, discover how London brewers revolutionised the industry on the original site of Shakespeare’s Globe, admire the splendour of the Victorian Hop Exchange, find a dray horse amidst the winding streets of Dickens’ Jacob’s Island, wonder at the industrial grandeur of the old Courage brewery and get some of best views of iconic Tower Bridge and the Thames, once the heart of the world’s biggest port. End with a brewhouse tour and a pint of fine cask ale at one of the new generation of Bermondsey breweries.

Your host for the tour is renowned London beer expert and Accredited Beer Sommelier Des de Moor, author of London’s Best Beer, Pubs and Bars, tutored tasting host and experienced walk and tour leader.

We start at the the Borough’s last remaining historic galleried coaching inn and finish at Southwark Brewing, a short walk from Tower Bridge.

Total walking on this tour is 2½ miles (4 km) through easy territory with plenty of stops along the way, and will take about 2½-3 hours. Tours operate rain or shine and comfortable shoes and outdoor clothing essential. We’ll be stopping at heritage sites rather than pubs or working breweries until we reach the end so this is definitely not a pub crawl. Maximum group size is 15. We can also provide this tour as a private booking: contact us for details.

Our price includes:

  • Expert guiding and commentary
  • Brewhouse tour at Southwark Brewing
  • Pint (or two halves) of beer per person at end





Ticket Event time Cost
Standard ticket 18:30 - 21:30 £18.00



77, Borough High Street, SE1 1NH


London Bridge

Nearest Station

London Bridge (Tube)


Des de Moor
Enjoy a London beer tour in expert company with award-winning beer writer and Accredited Beer Sommelier Des de Moor, author of London's Best Beer, Pubs and Bars. Des is the regular host of the Bermondsey Microbrewery Experience, the longest-running tour of the celebrated Bermondsey "Beer Mile", operating nearly every Saturday throughout the year with tastings, behind-the-scenes visits and insights along the way. Or choose one of Des's brewery heritage walks discovering reminders of London's days as the world capital of brewing in Southwark or the East End.


The George Inn

The George Inn

The George Inn is London's last remaining Galleried Inn and is truly historic dating back to the 1700's. It is set in an open air courtyard so serves as a great London beer garden in the summer. It is full of charm and traditional ales inside and is well worth exploring inside with historical artifacts…

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  • Rating: 5

    Visited 1 week ago Written by ninjatadpole
    Des is a real connoisseur as well as a hugely informed guide. Not only can he answer almost anything about the brewing process, its history, the industry and local players, he is very happy to talk about tasting notes and encourages you to enjoy drinks in ways you may never have before.
  • Rating: 5

    Visited 1 month ago Written by Larry
    Best beer tour ever for me, and I've done a few. Can't credit Des enough: thoroughly prepared, completely knowledgeable, and most entertaining. If you want to learn about London craft beer, and try some excellent ones, this tour's for you!

    Reply from Southwark Ale and Borough Beer: evening heritage tour

    Thanks for your very kind words Larry and delighted you enjoyed the tour and the beers on offer.

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