London walks tours aren’t for everyone; however, a Westminster walking tour that doubles as a pub crawl might be just what you’re looking for. Here at the Changing of the Guard and Westminster Tours, we’ll take you to Westminster’s most notable landmarks and pass some of the local watering holes along the way. When embarking on our standard guided walking tours in London, we won’t visit any nearby bars or pubs, but on a private tour, you can make it your own.

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Green Park – The Bar Below

First up on our list of nearby bars to Westminster landmarks is The Bar Below, which sits beside Green Park. Here, drinkers and diners can indulge in contemporary creations and classic cocktails alike, as the bar is home to some of the world’s rarest and finest spirits. Not sure what you’d like? No problem. All spirits are available for you to taste!

Buckingham Palace – The New York Bar

You’ll find The New York Bar a six-minute walk away from Buckingham Palace, and it’s home to original artwork, striking red décor, and even a friendly ambience. Here, you’ll find the perfect balance between innovative cocktails and traditional hospitality, in addition to live music and gin-tasting experiences. What’s more, there’s a Champagne trolley that showcases the luxury selection.

St James’s Palace – 67 Pall Mall

Beside St James’s Palace sits 67 Pall Mall, a members’ club, meaning you’ll have to enquire about membership before visiting this venue. The club prides itself on its diverse wine list that has been specially crafted to captivate, challenge, and excite drinkers. London isn’t the only city in which you’ll find a 67 Pall Mall club, with bars in Singapore, Verbier, and Beaune.

Pall Mall – St James Bar

Along Pall Mall, you’ll find St James Bar, a truly theatrical and intimate cocktail destination. From the rich mohair velvet banquettes to the reflective antique mirror tables, the bar just screams luxury. The cocktail menu is fresh and innovative, making it the perfect location to experience new flavours or enjoy familiar favourites.

Admiralty Arch – Silver Cross

Just a two-minute walk from Admiralty Arch, you’ll find the familiar favourite of the Silver Cross pub. This large, split-level traditional pub has a spacious dining area and flagstone floors. The pub is deemed a superb example of a British drinking establishment, thanks to its classic ales and pub grub.

Westminster Abbey – Westminster Arms

The Westminster Arms is just a two-minute walk from Westminster Abbey, being situated in the heart of political London. The pub is just a stone’s throw from the Houses of Parliament, making it a popular watering hole among politicians and journalists. Perhaps you’ll run into some of the most influential figures in the country.

Big Ben – St Stephen’s Tavern

You’ll find St Stephen’s Tavern a mere two-minute walk from the Elizabeth Tower (more commonly known as Big Ben). The pub originally opened in 1875 and has been frequented by many notables, including prime ministers like Macmillan, Churchill, Baldwin, and even current politicians. Today, the pub still rings the division bell to remind MPs that voting times are coming to a close.

London Eye – All Bar One, Waterloo

Another familiar favourite can be found just a two-minute walk from the London Eye, which is All Bar One in Waterloo. All Bar One is a stylish space for spirited people to meet, celebrate life, and share food, drink, and experiences. From morning coffee to night-time espresso martinis, All Bar One has got you covered.

Downing Street – The Clarence

The Clarence is situated a six-minute walk away from Downing Street; however, it’s also the ideal spot to relax with family, catch up with friends, and enjoy some after-work drinks with colleagues. The pub presents the perfect opportunity to enjoy the finer things in life in the midst of historic and unique surroundings.

Trafalgar Square – Halfway to Heaven

Last but not least is Halfway to Heaven, which is on the doorstep of the tour’s final destination, Trafalgar Square. Halfway to Heaven is a bar that’s loved and cherished by the LGBTQIA+ community and is home to some of the best cabaret shows and karaoke events. If you’re looking for a relaxed and friendly atmosphere, this is the bar for you.

Discover the Westminster in Your Own Way

Our standard tours don’t work for everyone, which is why our private tours are the perfect option for those who want to try something a little different. Contact us to find out how we can mould your private tour to suit you.

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