If you’ve never been to London before, you probably expect that English breakfast and fish and chips are the most popular dishes there. Sorry if this comes as a disappointment, but those dishes are more popular amongst tourists than locals! Because London is one of the most multicultural cities in the world, its food culture is like a Jackson Pollock painting: colorful, striking and messy. You can find food from every corner of the world at the markets all over the city and try exotic dishes at the many restaurants spread over Soho and its surroundings. You can buy uncommon ingredients to cook your own recipes at small, barely noticeable grocery shops. What can we say, London is a surprising place!
Going on a food tour is a great way to get to know a city as big as London and learn a bit more about its essence as you taste delicious food. We’ve selected the best food tours in London for the foodies out there who are too lazy to search for the best restaurants in the city and just want to be shown what makes it so special. There are British food tours, walking tours through the most iconic food markets and other amazing experiences you should definitely have during your visit to London. Let’s take a look, shall we?
This 3-hour guided food tour will take you to the London Bridge area on a mission to find out your favorite British dish. You’ll get to learn about British food from someone who loves and understands it like no one else and be immersed in London’s cultural scene. You’ll visit the famous Borough Market and eat English desserts as well as other savory specialities such as Cumberland sausages and fish and chips.
You’ll visit a pub where you’ll try the best British cheeses combined with a real London beer. Along the way, you’ll get to see some of the main attractions of the city and try a secret dish you’ll never forget! This is one of the best tours you can take if you want to have an authentic British experience in the capital.
3-Hour Secret British Food Tour
Price: from 78 USD (59 GBP)
Now, this isn’t a food tour like any other: going on the River Thames Dinner Cruise is a unique experience that you shouldn’t miss out on. This food tour will take you on an evening cruise down the River Thames where you’ll get to have an incredible dinner and watch a band perform, as you appreciate the marvelous views of the Houses of Parliament and St. Paul’s Cathedral. Doesn’t that sound wonderful? This is probably the most intimate and romantic food tour you can take in London so if you’re visiting the city with your other half, book it now!
River Thames Dinner Cruise
Price: from 109 USD (82 GBP)
This is a tour that will introduce you to London’s multicultural cuisine: you’ll enjoy a meal at a wonderful Pan-Asian restaurant, try the real Scotch eggs at one of London’s best bakeries, sample delicious food at an Italian Deli and taste the best English cheese. At every stop during your food tour, you will be trying something different and even more scrumptious than your last bite, so get ready to start a diet the next day!
The London Dining Experience
Price: from 35 USD (26 GBP)
Borough Market is the kind of place every foodie should try at least once. This food market is where you can find the most creative dishes as well as exotic ingredients you can buy to prepare your own recipes at home. This London Food Walking Tour will take you from London Bridge to the market and then to the surrounding pubs and bakeries, where you’ll be able to taste British dishes as well as international cuisine. It is a great tour to help you explore London’s food culture.
London Food Walking Tour: London Bridge and Borough Market
Price: from 80 USD (60 GBP)
Soho is a foodie’s heaven in the shape of a labyrinth. Its unique atmosphere is what makes it special but its many restaurants, cafés, pubs, and bakeries are the reason why its streets are never empty. This tour will take you on a journey through Soho, where you’ll sample food from different countries that you probably haven’t tried before. You’ll get a glimpse of the best places to eat, drink and party in Soho, and go off-the-beaten path to discover the least famous but most amazing restaurants and bars in the area. Don’t miss it!
Evening Food Tour of Soho in London
Price: from 127 USD (96 GBP)
Explore the areas most tourists often miss and get guided through the local food-lovers favorite spots with the London East End Food Tour. This 3 hour and a half long walking tour will take you to the neighborhoods of Spitalfields and Shoreditch, where you’ll try different restaurants and taste typical British and other international dishes. From salt beef bagels to artisan cheeses and spicy curries, this tour will make your taste buds tingle with excitement. This tour will make you forget you’re just a tourist and you’ll truly feel like a local!
London East End Food Tour
Price: from 93 USD (70 GBP)
This is the tour you should take if you just want to get to know the true traditional English food. From fish and chips to scones and scotch eggs, you’ll get to try the most delicious dishes of the British cuisine. Your guide will take you to 12 eateries and to Borough Market so you can taste locally produced cheese and other delicious specialities. Experience London’s culinary scene with this tour and you’ll end it as an expert in English food!
Traditional English Food Tasting Walking Tour in London
Price: from 86 USD (65 GBP)
Oh, Greenwich. One of the greatest London areas and still so overlooked by tourists. The Greenwich Food Tour will show you what other London visitors miss by taking you to its amazing food market and tell you all about its history and main attractions. You’ll be taken to its most famous cafes and restaurants so beloved by the locals and be taught all about London’s culinary culture as you sample traditional and international delicacies. Trust us when we say this tour should be at the top of your list of things to do in London!
Greenwich Food Tour in London
Price: 101 USD (76 GBP)
This is one of the funniest tours you can take in London: if you’re a regal figure (at least in your own head), this is the tour you’re going to want to take. This guided royal walking food tour will introduce you to the flavors of the English cuisine, as well as to its rich history, culture and heritage. It is a tour for both history and food lovers and one that will take you to the hidden corners of London where historical events took place, and unveil secrets you’d never get to know if you hadn’t taken it! You’ll also get to sit down and enjoy your afternoon tea as you listen to your guide telling stories about London and the royal family. Interested? Book it now!
Royal London Food Tour
Price: from 93 USD (70 GBP)
If you really love Indian food, you should just book this tour already. This food tour will take you to Brick Lane, the best possible area in London to get the most amazing Indian food cooked by Indian people. Be amazed at the tastes, exotic smells and sights of Indian specialities and dishes and learn about the relevance of the Indian culture in London. This tour will introduce you to the East End area and give you the chance to taste the most delicious curry you’ve ever tasted in your life!
Brick Lane Food Tour - Flavors of India and Beyond
Price: 62 USD (47 GBP)
So many tours, so little time!
If you’re visiting London for just a few days, it will be impossible for you to see everything that should be seen. It will also be impossible to taste everything that should be tasted, although you could definitely try. Going on a food tour would make things easier for you because you’d be guided through the best eateries in London without the trouble of checking for addresses, prices and such. You’d have the chance to learn from a knowledgeable, passionate person who would answer any of your questions about London’s multicultural culinary scene. We’re talking about a city that is pretty much a cultural cocktail and that reflects in everything else, especially in the food.
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