London Pub Crawl, Well, Who Wouldn’t Enjoy That? London Pub Crawl, Well, Who Wouldn’t Enjoy That? Blog Travel Guides UK SHARE Ricky Carbis , August 29, 2014 / 1 Soaking up the pub culture is one of the best ways to experience Britain and see all the sights (bar, toilets, close up of the vomit stained pavement) in style. The London pub crawl is an enchanting experience and for solo travellers it can be a great way to meet people. If you tried to approach a British pub alone then you could definitely get away with hunching over your beer in the corner but try and make new friends before 9pm and you will certainly struggle. Plus you could also unknowingly waltz into a pub with tear stains on the floor and have to suffer the wrath of the squinty eye and the question ‘are ye local?’ Yes a London pub crawl will take you safely across the big smoke and show you exactly what British pub culture is all about. A pint a pub On a pub crawl you pretty much do exactly what the name suggests, only you save the crawling until the end of the night. Often you meet up with another group of thirsty revellers and a guide and get taken to all the finest and the bawdiest pubs in the city stopping for a drink at each before moving on to the next. If you want to make the night interesting of course you can actually crawl, only wear waterproofs because London is quite often wet and you don’t want to drown in a puddle of muddy water. The only time you can dress like batman in public and get away with it Loads of people opt for taking part in London pub crawls from tourists to regulars, students and more. They are simply the perfect way of meeting new folk and being introduced to some pubs you may not have discovered otherwise. Also there are so many different styles and themes that come with pub crawls that you can take your pick. This is your excuse to dress up as batman and join the fancy dress London pub crawl as it is something you never would have pulled off alone. Pick the perfect tour or suffer poor company You need to make sure you pick the right pub crawl because of course they are all different. If you are a connoisseur of pale ales, scrabble championships and roaring fires then you are probably going to loathe every second of the 18-30s style pub crawl in which young rabble turn up ready to nail the shooters and to dance suggestively on a slippery floor space. On the other foot if you are a rowdy and raucous youth with a life fast, die sticky motto then joining the over fifties silver fox pub crawl through the boozy haunts of the quietest back streets in the big city is also probably not going to be a night well spent on the tiles. Make sure you take the time to look around and pick the perfect pub crawl that suits your sensibilities. Leave the competitive spirit at the door Something absolutely essential about the London pub crawl is that you need to leave your competitive spirit at the door. Binge drinking is a less favourable side of British culture and unless you want to end up with your hang dog mug plastered on reality TV showing you shovelling kebab into your face or slumped unconscious in a doorway then you really need to take it easy. At this point in life everyone does or everyone should know thy limits. There is no shame in having a half to get you started or even substituting the gassy beer for a charming freshly squeezed orange juice or brew, indeed you will probably enjoy the experience so much more and not have to deal with the consequences of having your head in a bucket for several days after the crawl. Eating is definitely not cheating Throughout the night you may hear the phrase that eating is cheating. This is dumb and people who say this only do so because they can’t cook and think that beans on toast is the epitome of gourmet dining. Eating on a pub crawl is smart, the lovely food will not only line your stomach but will also soak up the alcohol and reduce the chances of you falling off your bar stool too quickly or needing to be chucked into the back of a black cab at 9pm. Do your body a favour and eat!