London Food Tour: Essentials of British Food Culture

Experience a mix of local favorites and legendary destinations for foodies
From US$617 privately
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Tour Details
Duration
3 hours
Product Type
Tour
Venues
  • Fortnum & Mason
  • Soho
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Tour Description
This walk is a great way to see some of the most famous neighborhoods of London from a different perspective—your bellies! In the company of a food historian, chef, or expert in gastronomy, you will start near Green Park and the quintessential British food oasis: Fortnum & Mason. This is a great place to begin as English gastronomic tradition abounds inside Fortnum's hallowed walls.

On this 3-hour London Food Tour, you will cover a wide swath of the city using our stomachs to guide us. From scotch eggs to exceptional ales and a whole host of global cuisines, London's culinary offerings are as diverse as its population. Along the way, we'll meet shop owners, taste artisanal products, and learn how London has become a culinary mecca that never fails to surprise.

You will pay a visit to a British cheese shop where you'll delight your palates with local products specifically selected for us, while a trained cheesemonger explains the history of British cheese and the variety of regional offerings. 
We will then weave up to Soho and the lovely, family-run Lina Stores deli with beautifully displayed cured meats, cheeses, and fresh pastas on Brewer Street, before heading to Old Compton Street to pass by the aromatic Algerian Coffee Store, with an astounding variety of coffees and teas. 
While the area is now one of the most fashionable in London, you still witness remnants of its past intermingled with the diversity of small restaurants from all over the world… some of which we will visit during our walk.

Dipping down into Chinatown, we discuss London's international cuisine, which is key to the city's culinary culture of today. We might pop in for some gelato at Gelupo on our way to the Seven Dials area of London, where we can find some hidden treasures like Monmouth Coffee, Homeslice, and Neal’s Yard Dairy, with an unexpected Bohemian-inspired courtyard.

Whether you are a serious foodie or just like to eat, this walk will help you discover the secret corners of London and the coexistence of a centuries-old culinary tradition with an incredibly international food scene. Most importantly, it will help you debunk the myth that London is a culinary wasteland.

Come with an appetite, as our tour promises a feast for all the senses!
  • Fortnum & Mason - 18th-century department store known for its gourmet groceries including tea and posh preserves.
  • Soho - popular for the shopping, restaurants, and bars - you can move seamlessly from a bustling and creative new restaurant to an atmospheric little bar
  • Chinatown - It is home to some wonderful, authentic Chinese food shops and bakeries, as well as shops selling Asian cosmetics and Chinese-inspired trinkets and gifts
  • You want to learn about British food culture while exploring some of the most renowned neighborhoods and best shops in London
  • If you want to explore London with a food historian, chef, or expert in gastronomy
Where do we meet? Where does it end?
The walk begins in the Piccadilly neighborhood and typically ends in Covent Garden. Your confirmation email will have the exact meeting point details along with a map.

Can I participate in your small group food walks if I have food allergies?
Yes. If you have any specific allergies/intolerances please indicate these in the Travel Notes section when you are booking and your guide will do his or her best to accommodate.

Do the tastings serve as a replacement for a meal?
Yes, this tour's tastings do cover a full meal.

Is this walk good for kids?
Yes, especially if your children love trying new food and enjoy learning about the city through food. If your kids are under 13, we strongly recommend booking the walk privately, so we can better adjust the walk to their taste and interests.

What if it’s raining?
Tours operate rain or shine, but in the case of inclement weather, your expert will modify the tour so more time is spent indoors. It never hurts to have an umbrella on hand.

Is this a walking intensive tour?
This walk covers about 1 mile overall.
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The tour was lovely as it combined food, some food info/history, and a great neighborhood. Doris went out of her way to accommodate food preferences and allergies -- and thoughtfully followed up with suggestions for the rest of our trip! Wonderful!
Doris was friendly, very knowledgable about where to find the best and most unique food and food shops in London, and fun! She started us with a full tasting at Fortner and Mason, "Whole Foods on steroids", and followed that with a small cheese monger favored by Winston Churchill and then a series of more small, unique shops with chocolate, gelato, and coffee. In the process she taught us about the history and culture of areas of London. She followed all with emails the next day that included even more information. We will love a food tour with Doris on every trip to London!
Doris is fabulous! So knowledgeable and delightful. We would dig up for any tour that Doris was leading!!