Private London Food Tour

Private London Food Tour

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      London, England
      3 Hours
      Moderate
      From (USD)
      $ 426
      • Small, Private Tour: Individual interaction with your expert guide, who is a trained chef, food anthropologist, or food and restaurant reviewer, is encouraged by the small size of your private group. No tour group may have more than six members. You will also sample delicacies at every stop.
      • Fortnum and Masons: London’s premiere source for gastronomic delicacies will be our first stop. Founded as a grocery, this upscale food store and cook’s emporium offers tastings and high tea for your enjoyment. Think thoughts of cooking gear, scotch eggs and violet creams.
      • Paxton and Whitfield’s: World renowned as cheese mongers, the experts at this shop will tempt you with assorted regional cheeses selected especially for our group. They will share their knowledge of the history of cheese in Britain. 
      • SoHo: The restaurant district of London features numerous high end eateries, assorted food shops and a sampling of the city’s ethnic cuisine. Points of interest are the Lina Stores Deli on Brewer Street, Gerry’s Alcohol Emporium on Old Compton Street and the Algerian Coffee Store. We may sample offerings from world renown chocolate makers, wine merchants, cheese mongers and tea shops, many having been in business for centuries.
      • Chinatown: Taste fresh dumplings or authentic dishes like Sri Lankan pol sambol as you learn how Asian flavors and international cuisine became a part of London’s cosmopolitan dining scene.
      • Neal’s Yard: This bohemian inspired Covent Garden alley was once a flower, fruit and vegetable market. It is now home to establishments specializing in organic and nutrition focused cooking and eating. 
      • Food Allergies: If you are booking a tour as an individual we can customize our sampling route to accommodate your needs. If you will tour as part of a group, please indicate your food sensitivities when booking.
      • Bring the little ones:  We strongly recommend booking a private tour for those less than 13 years old, so that your docent can better prepare and adjust the sampling route if necessary. 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. 

      Meeting point

      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.

      Helpful hints

      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.

      Getting around

      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.

      Activity type

      Walking Tour, Cultural, Private Tour, Food & Wine

      Transportation used

      Public transportation may be used from time to time. Have local currency available for tickets. Your tour may involve walking only.

      Included amenities

      Ph.D. or MA-level scholar guide
      Food tastings

      Languages

      English

      Tour ID

      PP-EUR-ENG-LOND-EN-2005

      Tour Participation Requirements

      Activity Level

      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.

      Age restrictions

      Suitable for all ages. Traveling with children 12 years of age and younger? Tell us their ages and interests during the booking process so we can match you with the best guide.

      Special comments

      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.

      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. Let your senses lead you as you follow our expert guide through several London neighborhoods. This walk is designed to introduce you to an appreciation of Britain’s regional food specialties as well as London’s unique mélange of cuisines. 

      Green Park in the Piccadilly neighborhood is our usual starting place. From there we enter Fortnum and Mason, the quintessential British food emporium. Originally a grocery store started with excess from the royal household of Queen Anne by her footman, Fortnum, and his partner, Mason, the store has evolved into a multinational specializing in the accoutrements of cooking complete with fine dining experiences offered by its tearoom and many restaurants. Renowned for its creativity in presentation and display Fortnum and Mason’s taste samplings include scotch eggs and violet creams.  

      Since the 1900s Soho has attracted a diverse Bohemian population of immigrants, artists and musicians. Inexpensive ethnic restaurants that catered to a diverse Bohemian population which also included notorious gangsters, dancers and prostitutes. At this stage in its history the area is considered fashionable and cosmopolitan. There are numerous ethnic restaurants here. We will venture down to Chinatown for more taste samplings and a discussion of London's international cuisine. Finally, we may cross Leicester Square and make our way to Covent Garden, where we will discuss the area's history as a fruit and vegetable market and its role in the burgeoning organic foods movement.  Time permitting, we may if interest is sufficient travel to the Seven Dials area of London, where hidden treasures like Monmouth Coffee, Homeslice, and Neal’s Yard Dairy are found.

      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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      London, England
      Great photo opportunities
      Bring money
      Bring water
      Wear comfortable shoes
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      Wear light clothing

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