Bankside Hotel's Pubs & Paints (including a beer at Art Yard)

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Discover London’s beer history with a local artist, and enjoy a few cold ones along the way.
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Let us bring to life the unique role of the Bankside Hotel in SE1 through this crafted experience with your own expert local guide and a free beer in The Art Yard Bar and Kitchen.

England’s most beloved playwright whose plays were shown only a few blocks from Bankside Hotel once said that “a quart of ale is a meal for a king.” On this local beer and art tour of the South Bank neighborhood, your artist guide will illuminate the myriad ways that beauty is in the art of the beer-holder. 

  • Your guide will meet you in the lobby of the Bankside Hotel.
  • Begin your walk over a chat about why artists and tipples have always seemed to go hand in hand.
  • Pop into the Tate Modern’s collection 'Materials and Objects' to enjoy the way artists have influenced the design of everyday objects, including beer bottles and cans.
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Let us bring to life the unique role of the Bankside Hotel in SE1 through this crafted experience with your own expert local guide and a free beer in The Art Yard Bar and Kitchen.

England’s most beloved playwright whose plays were shown only a few blocks from Bankside Hotel once said that “a quart of ale is a meal for a king.” On this local beer and art tour of the South Bank neighborhood, your artist guide will illuminate the myriad ways that beauty is in the art of the beer-holder. 

  • Your guide will meet you in the lobby of the Bankside Hotel.
  • Begin your walk over a chat about why artists and tipples have always seemed to go hand in hand.
  • Pop into the Tate Modern’s collection 'Materials and Objects' to enjoy the way artists have influenced the design of everyday objects, including beer bottles and cans.
  • Feeling thirsty? Grab a beer from the current local brewery take-over at Tate Modern Terrace Bar (price of beer not included).
  • Take a stroll along the riverfront to Sutton Walk and discuss the neighborhood’s meteoric rise as a centre of modern art in all forms. 
  • Learn about the history of brewing in Southbank and how many of the 19th century breweries came to be replaced by performance complexes like Southbank Centre.
  • Enjoy a cold beer and a chat with your artist guide at Art Yard Bar in the Bankside Hotel.

An Inextricable Duo 

Visit the Tate Modern’s collection of Materials and Objects to find out how combining everyday objects and materials experienced a revival period with twentieth-century artists. Then learn about a study conducted in the last few years that proved beer labels were more important in catching a consumer’s eye than was location on a shelf.  Perhaps this is why craft breweries work with artists to create some of the most outrageous designs on cans and bottles that the industry has seen in many years. 

However, the connection between beer and art began long before this study. Talk to your artist guide about the connections between several local pubs who have worked with famous artists across a multitude of avenues to bring new customers in the door. One of the most notable examples is a portrait done by Francis Bacon of Soho Club’s Muriel Belcher, who claimed at the time to know “[insert explicative] all about art.”

From Brew to Bust 

The brewing industry began its boom in Southwark soon after the introduction of hop growing in Kent in the 15th century. Lucky for them, Thames water was considered peculiarly good for the purpose. Today, several historic sites still exist, such as The Anchor and The George Inn - a National Trust site which is the last remaining galleried inn in London. It’s also referenced in Charles Dickens’ Little Dorrit.  Learn about the rise and fall of the industry in the city, and how craft brewers are elevating the London beer scene today (as far as we know, none of these breweries are using Thames water for their beers!). 

Wander down Sutton Walk and Belvedere Road, to visit the once booming Lion Brewery, which has since become home to the Royal Festival Hall. Learn how King George VI saved the two famous lion statues, as the rest of the building was demolished in the 1940's. 

Pass me a cold one

Finish your tour at the Art Yard Bar & Kitchen of the Bankside Hotel, where one of the bartenders will pour you a cold one of the many craft beers they serve. Ask the bartender about the partnership between the bar and the breweries whose beers they serve, as the relationships are close ones and intentionally chosen. 


Tour duration
3 hours

Type of tour
Walking tour – no transport costs are included. Your guide will help you get around on the day.

Tickets included
One  beer at the Art Yard in the Bankside Hotel 

Other inclusions
  • Children under 5 are free, though please get in touch if a child under 5 is in your party. 


Suitable for
Friends, Arty Farty, Culture Vulture, Couples

Attractions along this route:

Tate Modern
Built during the Industrial Revolution, the building fell into disrepair until it was raised from the ashes to become the central hub of London’s modern art scene.

Tate Modern’s Materials and Objects
See how artists have influenced the design of everyday objects, including labels of beer bottles and cans.

Tate Modern Terrace Bar
In 2017, the Tate handed over their taps to independent craft brewers, embracing the idea that art extends beyond visual mediums.

Undercroft Skatepark
This street art space was almost lost and only saved as a result of a crowdfunding mission and was made famous by the 2005 documentary “Rollin’ Through the Decades.”

Sutton Walk
Though it’s now a main pedestrian thoroughfare and location of the Royal Arts Festival, Sutton Walk used to lead to the behemoth Lion Brewery, which began operations in 1837.

Bankside Hotel
From its sustainability commitment to its partnerships with local artists, the urban hotel is the ideal spot for travelers looking for an authentic London experience.

Art Yard Bar & Kitchen
Serving an eclectic menu and creative cocktails, the restaurant has made a name for itself amongst locals and tourists alike. Read Less

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel for a full refund up to 48 hours before the start of your experience. If you do not show up for the experience or fail to cancel at least 48 hours in advance, you will not receive a refund.