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Benjamin Franklin once said that "beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy." The British are fervent believers in this sentiment. Originally meant to provide food and refreshment for Roman soldiers, pubs were built all over England, and when the Romans finally withdrew from Britain they left behind the beginnings of the modern pub, a part of history no ‘true Brit’ could imagine living without.

Tour the Famous Thames Side Brewery of Fullers.

Fuller's Brewery, as it is affectionately known, has been controlled by the Fullers, Smiths & Turners for over 150 years, with descendants of the founding families still involved in running the company today. You will be taken on a comprehensive tour by a guide, explaining the brewing process. There will be an opportunity to see, smell and touch the four vital ingredients that make the perfect pint and to see how traditional methods and the newest technology work together in harmony.

The editor of this website was married within 200 meters of this brewery!

TOUR DETAILS
Advance booking is essential for all visitors, as space on the tours is limited. Please call +44 (0)20 8996 2063 and leave your contact details. Your call will be returned and a booking taken. Alternatively, you can send a fax on +44 (0)20 8996 2079.

If you would like to see the process for yourself, Fuller's Griffin Brewery runs 16 tours a week. Our excellent guides will show you around and will try to answer any tricky questions you may still be harbouring.

FULLER’S BREWERY TOURS MUST BE BOOKED IN ADVANCE AS PLACES ARE LIMITED.

DAYS AND TIME

OF TOURS
Tours last 1 1/2 hours

Tours are held on:
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday
and commence promptly at:
11am, 12 noon, 1pm & 2pm.

Each tour can take up to 15 people.
Maximum group size = 30 people.
Minimum of 4 people to start a tour.
Groups of less than four or individuals can be booked on to an existing tour, subject to availability.

We regret that the age and structure of the Brewery renders the Tours unsuitable for people with impaired mobility. Sensible shoes must be worn, as the floors can be slippery.

To find out how to get to the brewery
click here to view the map (in PDF Format).
Nearest tube: Turnham Green on the District Line.

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Looking for a London pub with a bit of character and history? This editor used to live in London and escort historical pub tours. The following suggestions come from a recently published book about London and meet with the editors approval!!

Author David Long lists the capital’s oldest pubs, some of which can trace their origins back to 1500 and beyond. David Long is the author of Bizarre London: Discover the Capital's Secrets & Surprises.

The White Hart, Drury Lane, WC2

With 'roots' in 1216, the White Hart claims to be the 'old­est licensed premises in London' and numbers Dick Turpin among its erstwhile regulars. (Turpin was born in a pub, of course, as his dad had one out at Hempstead in Essex.)

The Red Lion, Whitehall, SW1

The Prime Minister's local has been the closest pub to Downing Street for years, but predates the street (which was laid out in the 1680s) by a good 250 years. Occasionally, PMs are snapped with a pint in hand, an attempt to appear like they're one of the lads, but rarely this close to home. (A working facsimile of the pub is also rumoured to have been installed in a secret Cold War-era government bunker in Wiltshire, somewhere for civil servants to relax during the Third World War, but this has not proved possible to verify.)

The Cittie of Yorke, High Holborn, WC1

A pub has been on this site since around 1430 and, although the present building is Grade II-listed, the Tudor facade is decidedly faux and dates from no earlier than the 1920s.

Prospect of Whitby, Wapping Wall, E1

With early 16th-century origins, the Prospect claims to be the oldest surviving riverside tavern and takes its name from a vessel that frequently tied up outside. Artists such as Whistler and Turner painted views from the tavern, and Londoners came here en route to see pirates hanged at Execution Dock. But the building itself is certainly not that old, as the original was almost entirely destroyed in a 19th-century fire.

Ye Olde Mitre, Ely Place, EC1

The hardest pub to find in London traces its history back to 1546 when it was built by the Bishop of Ely for his servants. It is popularly but erroneously said to be in Cambridgeshire, not London, because the bishops had their palace nearby and claimed the land for themselves.

The Grapes, Narrow Street, E14

Established no later than 1583, and a rare Blitz survivor, Narrow Street also avoided being swept away during the docklands developments of the 1980s and the pub now offers one of the best views of the river. It is owned by actor Sir Ian McKellen and a couple of chums.

The Seven Stars, Carey Street, WC2

Popular with lawyers as well as tourists – the Inns of Court are nearby, as well as the Royal Courts – the lovely Seven Stars celebrated its 400th anniversary in 2002.

The George Inn Yard, Borough High Street, SE1

Famously the last galleried coaching inn in London, and now part of the National Trust. Rebuilt in 1667, and still highly atmospheric, it has part of the old stabling yard remaining and occasionally Shakespeare's plays are per­formed outside.

The Old Bell Tavern, Fleet Street, EC4

Supposedly built by Sir Christopher Wren for masons working on the nearby St Bride's church, the building itself is at least 300 years old, although the likelihood is that pre-fire another tavern occupied the same site.

The Lamb, Lamb's Conduit Street, WC1

Built in the 1720s, the pub takes its name from philanthro­pist William Lamb who provided a conduit to supply the area with relatively clean, fresh water. Its delightful inte­rior, unique in London, features etched glass 'snob screens' to enable guilt-ridden drinkers to remain out of sight, and it boasts what is almost certainly London's oldest working jukebox.
 

The New Forest Hampshire and Hamble River Area

This editor spent 'quite a bit of time' in this area! Sailing boats were the main attraction, maritime pubs the second! His local, for a time, was the 'Jolly Roger', this being where the boat e was connected with was moored.

The New Forest is a wonderful spot to do gentle walks, there are even some campsites. The surrounding area contains many attractions. New Forest Pubs. For example Beaulieu House home of one of Britains most magnificent motoring museums. But during WW2 this is where Nancy Wake (aka The White Mouse) and other secret agents completed part of their training. Oh and another thing, the famous Rolls Royce 'flying lady' emblem came from a previous owner!

The Hamble Valley region was a centre for early aviation, particularly around two early airfields; one which was developed in Hamble and the second in Eastleigh which eventually became Southampton International Airport.

Back in 1910, at a time when aircraft were in their infancy, local man, Edwin Rowland Moon, triumphantly flew his homemade Moonbeam II aircraft from the fields of North Stoneham Farm (which is now Southampton Airport) Situated on the outskirts of Eastleigh town, it is also the site where the Spitfire took its maiden flight in 1936. Its designer RJ Mitchell, is buried at South Stoneham cemetery adjacent to the airport and a near life size sculpture of the prototype Spitfire marks the entrance of the airport today.

Many famous aviators also worked at Hamble's three airfields, where between 1913 and 1984 there were six aircraft manufacturers. The first aviation activity happened in 1911 when Hamble Boat builders Luke Brothers built a floatplane. The famous early Auatralian aviator, Bert Hinkler, was test pilot for Supermarine for some time during the 1920's.

During WW2 a group of the famous 'Spitfire Girls' of the ATA were stationed to deliver new Spitfires to assorted fighter station around the country

The fascinating history of aviation in the Hamble Valley is explained in the free leaflet ‘Reach for the Skies’ and includes local stories from the many local people who worked on the Spitfires or flew them.