Follow the Famous Dick Whittington Ale Trail in London

Posted on 15. Mar, 2010 by in Destinations, Europe Travel, United Kingdom

Perhaps Britain’s most famous trait, the pub scene is to be experienced once (or many, many times)  in a lifetime. Several pub activities exist, but the most fun one is definitely the Ale Trail, otherwise known as a Pub Crawl, which is pretty self explanatory.

The famous Dick Whittington Ale Trail is consisted of 6 routes, each located in different areas of central London: Theatreland, Soho and Noho, Westminster to Piccadilly, Blackfriars, Financial District and London Bridge to Tower Bridge. There are 6 or 7 pubs per route, carefully selected for their history or their particularities and features.

So in summary… beer, famous pubs, more beer and a t-shirt? Why the hell not?!

Doing the actual ale trail is pretty simple:

  • Pick up a leaflet at the beginning of your journey
  • Get a stamp every time your order a drink
  • Drink up!
  • Ask for your free Dick Whittington t-shirt when you’ve filled the leaflet!

The t-shirt is quite basic but still cool - it has the name of the pub on the front with its motto and a map of the trail on the back. Nothing too fancy but a great souvenir to have (it may help fill some voids after a particularly beer-prone evening!).

It’s a great and somewhat cheap way to discover some of the finest pubs of the city, and really take in the world famous pub atmosphere. Plus, there are a lot of landmarks and sights along the way, so it’s kind of a win-win activity.

Have you been on the Dick Whittington Ale Trail? Do you own of their famous t-shirts?


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4 Responses to “Follow the Famous Dick Whittington Ale Trail in London”

  1. Steve

    12. Oct, 2010

    You would really have to visit Britain’s pubs several times since I can imagine there are a lot of them. Doing something like the Dick Whittington Ale Trail would be a great way to get into the pub scene there. Pub crawls show you a lot of bars in one night; great for exploring the city too.

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    • Marie

      12. Oct, 2010

      Indeed, these pub crawls take you to places you might have not been to otherwise. And sometimes you might even get along with the locals and make friends. Having an “itinerary” allows you to keep track of where you are, too.

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