England hasn’t always enjoyed the best reputation when it comes to its cuisine, but those days are long gone. A wave of celebrity chefs with innovative culinary ideas have helped raise the bar, and this has trickled down to smaller businesses offering guided food walks across London too. Of all the things to do in London, food tours are a great way to get to know the city. If you’re a foodie whose travels are fuelled by new and exciting flavours, here are some London food tours you may want to consider:
For the cupcake and macaron craver
Have a sweet tooth? Perhaps this tour will capture your fancy! London’s Cupcake & Macaron Walking Tour is all about indulging in delectable baked goods as you familiarize yourself with the neighbourhoods of Covent Garden, Soho, and Mayfair, all under the guidance of a sugar-loving guide. Along the way you’ll pop into artisan cake shops and sweet boutiques, including the likes of Sweet Couture and Ladurée. It’s a good thing there’s plenty of walking involved!
For the ice cream lover
Ice cream, gelato, or sorbet? Why not try them all! Chocolate Ecstasy runs an Ice Cream Tour that allows you to sample all three frozen treats as you visit six of London’s best gelaterias and ice cream parlours in the Soho and Covent Garden area. Whether you like going with a classic scoop of strawberry ice cream or you want to spice things up with a scoop of hot chilli sorbet, there will be plenty of flavours to satisfy a wide range of tastes.
For the noodle soup slurper
The Noodle Bars of Soho Walking Tour is every noodle lover’s heaven! This guided foodie outing is focused on London’s Soho district and it takes hungry diners on a tour of three unique noodle shops around the area. From spicy noodle soups to crispy fried noodles, this outing will introduce you to some local noodle bars that you’ll want to keep returning to for the rest of your stay in the city.
For the chocolate sampler
Dark chocolate, milk chocolate, or white chocolate? Whatever your personal preference may be, this tour will give you a little taste of it all. Set in London’s glitzy Mayfair neighbourhood, the Chocolate Walking Tour introduces you to a series of truffle shops and dessert boudoirs in search of the perfect sweet treat. The tour consists of a total of 7 tastings which includes a mix of chocolate-covered coffee beans, creamy hot chocolate, decadent banoffee truffles and plenty of other surprises along the way. Suffice it to say, you’ll want to skip dessert if you plan on joining this afternoon chocolate outing.
For the avid tea drinker
For the hot-cuppa-tea drinkers, T-Lovers has you covered. They offer a mix of tea ceremonies, tea meditations, and tea walks around London so that you can explore the city through its tea. Some tea walks are more focused on the history (covering everything from how tea smuggling flourished in the UK to what the English Tea Ceremony looked like in the 18th century) while other walks are a bit more casual. This could prove to be the perfect outing on a rainy day when all you’re craving is a nice cup of Earl Grey.
So there you have it – 5 different ways to tour London and ensure that your foodie cravings don’t go unchecked. For more food inspired tours of the city, click here. Bon appétit!
What’s the best food tour you’ve experienced on your travels?