6-Person London Food Tour
- London food crawl: Sample savories and specialty dishes from throughout the British Empire on this trek through Central London’s Piccadilly, Soho, Chinatown and Covent Garden boroughs. You might want to skip a meal so that your appetite is primed for the food bounty ahead.
- Curated tastings: Your expert guide, a local chef or food anthropologist, will provide instruction on the peculiarities of English cuisine. We will stop at centuries old establishments world renown for their select dishes. Learn how to eat that thing the way the natives do.
- Sipping teas and whiskies: Prepare to be impressed by the assortment of rare and exotic spirits, liquors, teas and coffees available from beverage vendors like Gerry’s Alcohol Emporium on Old Compton Street or the Algerian Coffee Store in Soho. Your guide will share with you how the history of these traders of strong beverages parallels the growth of the Empire.
- Skip the crowds: This is a small, private tour limited to six persons, so be sure to let your guide know your interests. If you are booking a tour as an individual we can customize our sampling route to accommodate your preferences.
- Bring the little ones: Our docents are family friendly and can adapt their presentation styles to the learning styles of children. However please contact us directly if you have children under 13.
About This London Tour
This leisurely 3-hour walk is designed to introduce you to Britain’s regional food specialties as well as London’s unique mélange of cuisines. We will navigate the borough streets of Piccadilly, Soho, Chinatown and Covent Garden, all within a one mile radius of central London. You will taste the wares of London’s premiere cheese mongers, chocolatiers, brewers and tea shops.
Green Park in the Piccadilly neighborhood is our usual starting place. From there we enter Fortnum and Mason, the quintessential British food emporium. Next up, at Paxton and Whitfield, founded in the 1700s and believed to be the oldest cheese shop in London, a trained cheese monger will discuss the history of British cheese and the regional varieties to be found. Continuing, we head to the chocolatiers whose shops are much like the one that inspired Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
Soho is a foodie destination. Here we will visit the family owned and operated Lina Stores, Soho’s take on an Italian delicatessen. As we end our journey we pass Gerry's Alcohol Emporium on Old Compton Street and Soho’s Algerian Coffee Store where your senses will be deluged with the vibrant bottled colors and pungent scents of the rare and exotic spirits, coffee, teas, beans and leaves sold by these beverage vendors.
Food for thought
Traditional British food can be intriguing and intimidating for most London visitors. Scotch eggs, creamed violets, jellied eels and exceptional cheeses and ales are among English delicacies you will want to savor - if only for once in a lifetime. At the end of our adventure you will know how untrue the rumors are that declare London’s cuisine a culinary wasteland. London offers a world of savory surprises.
Please meet your guide outside the Southwest Corner of Fortnum and Mason, on Duke street. Please note this is a side entrance and NOT the entrance on Piccadilly. You can recognize Fortnum and Mason because of its light green window frames.
As in many cities, keep your wallet or purse secured and leave the bling behind.
Buildings, museums, streets, and monuments can sometimes close without notice due to labor strikes, structural problems, or other civic disturbances.
The docent who leads a given walk may become unavailable at the last minute due to illness or other unforeseen circumstance. In these cases we will seek to re-organize the walk to accommodate the change; however, our responsibility in these cases is limited and we cannot be held liable for circumstances beyond our control.
Plan to walk for approximately 2 miles at a gentle pace. If your mobility is limited, this tour may be too challenging for you. This itinerary is not suitable for wheelchairs.
Walking Tour, Cultural, Food & Wine
Public transportation may be used from time to time. Have local currency available for tickets. Your tour may involve walking only.
Ph.D. or MA-level scholar guide
Tour Participation Requirements
This experience is rated moderate. Full participation may require extended periods of walking over even and uneven surfaces, steep terrain and/or water activity in a slight current. There may be steps, inclines, cobblestone surfaces, and extended periods of standing. Participants with physical limitations should take this into account.
Travelers must be 13 years of age and older to participate.
Walks are held rain or shine with some variations to accommodate the weather. If you are running late for your meeting with our guide, we ask that you call to alert us so that we can relay the message to the guide.
Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.
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