The London Storyteller’s Historic Pubs & Food

The London Storyteller's Favourite Historic Pubs

Great Pubs, Stories & Historic Places

The London Storyteller invites you to visit favourite pubs in historic Hampstead and Highgate to discover some of the finest examples in the Kingdom.

Rich in history, these places and pubs have stories to tell from Karl Marx to rock legends and royal mistresses to Monty Python in two of the most picturesque locations in London.

This is an informal experience with storytelling optional for those who  want to discover more about the history of pubs, places and the personalities of London  both local  and beyond.

As well as a great choice of English beer and spirits; our guests also enjoy discovering some of the best pub pub food that the nation has to offer.

Choose The London Storyteller’s Favourite Historic pubs for a real English pub experience.

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Private Guide

Hosted by The London Storyteller, Tom Barclay Matchett will show you some of the loveliest places in London with visits to highly recommended traditional English pubs. Your experience is dedicated to you and your party only; meaning you can choose the time and date that you want.


The route offers guests a choice between wonderful walks through historic locations and some of the best, greenest views of London or spending more time in traditional English pubs with excellent, quick transport links.


Pubs & Storytelling. We believe that this is greatest British combination since Fish & Chips. The London Storyteller has prepared a selection of stories about pubs and places featured. From Highwaymen to rock n roll legends available on request and shared with joy.

Traditional Pub Food

Whether it is trying pub snacks, bar food or enjoying an excellent meal. This tour can be tailored to our guest's culinary curiosities for fine and traditional pub fayre.

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Our itinerary covers 3 hours. Guests can choose if they would like to walk or to spend more time at the pubs by taking a very convenient bus ride between stops to suit. The walking route can include parts of Hampstead Heath as well as a visit to Kenwood House.

Stop One - Meeting Point

The London Storyteller will meet you at Archway tube station with a walk up to Highgate Village past where Dick Whittington met his cat and the former home of the famed lover of Charles II, actress Nell Gwyne.

Stop Two - Wonderful Highgate

Highgate is a charming historic place rich in personalities. From Georgian and Victorian town houses to pubs with history stretching back hundreds of years. Located in one of the highest points in London, its pubs are patronised by stars of songwriting, stage and screen.

Stop Three - Kenwood & The Spaniards

Either a short bus ride or a relaxing walk away from Highgate, as we travel to nearby Hampstead guests can choose to make a stop at a five hundred year old pub near the most expensive residential road in the world. Across the road from the stately home of Kenwood House with some of the finest view of the city; guests can enjoy expertly kept beer, fine wine and a superb menu either inside the historic pub itself or in its beautiful heated beer garden.

Stop Four - Historic Hampstead

First recorded in the reign of King Ethelred The Unready in 968, Hampstead has a selection of wonderful pubs that are full of character. Boasting Georgian and Victorian architecture as well as being home to many famous personalities from the past to the present. It is also conveniently equipped with an Underground station making a return into central London less than fifteen minutes away.

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Experience Notes

This tour begins outside Finsbury Park Station at Station Place.  Finsbury Park is a short ride from central London (circa 20 minutes from Green Park) on either the Victoria or Piccadilly tube lines.  It is also well connected by bus and by rail.  Upon request we can also make arrangement to bring you to the meeting point by private hire vehicle if you would prefer.

The standard tour will end at Finsbury Park Station though many of our guests have enjoyed the option of extending the tour prior arrangement.

Meeting Point

End Point


"Tom is a very interesting, energetic, and professional guide. He definitely has the gift of gab. He was able to seamlessly mix history, current events and a good amount of my interests into the tour."
San Francisco
"Tom was very knowledgeable about the history of all the places we saw on the walking tour and told us many a story about London. He was passionate about his city!"
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