London, England’s lively and dazzling capital, is home to nearly nine million people. More than one-third of these people were born in a foreign country. That makes London the city with the second largest immigrant population in the world (NYC is in the first position). This has a positive effect on the diversity of the city in general, but especially on the variety of delicious food you can eat.
The best way to discover some of these mouthwatering dishes is by booking one of the many London food tours available. But with the huge variety of food experiences London offers, it can be difficult to choose the right one.
To help you gain a better overview of what’s available in terms of food tours in London, we created this list to show you de creme de la creme of tours which introduce you to the culinary aspects of London.
The 10 Best London Food Tours
- Secret British Food Tour (3 hours)
- London East End Food Tour (3.5 hours)
- International Foods of Soho (3.5 – 4 hours)
- London in Film & Local Tastings: Private Tour (2.5 hours)
- Vegan Food Tour Experience in London (3 hours)
- Shakespeare’s Globe Tour and Afternoon Tea with Prosecco (2.5 hours)
- English Tea & Desserts Tour (2.5 hours)
- Secret Indian Food Tour (3 hours)
- London Chocolate Walking Tour (2.5 hours)
- Lunch or dinner on the Thames River (1.45/2.45 hours)
- Closing Words
This London food tour concentrates on the best English food in London. I know, English cuisine doens’t always have the best reputation. But bear with me.
During the 3-hour tour through Borough Market and the surrounding area, you will taste British specialities like Cumberland sausages, fish and chips and real London ales. While you indulge in the delicious meals, your guide will explain the history of Borough market and the surrounding area. The tour ends with a typical British dessert and tea. Oh, and in case you’re wondering about the name of the tour: As in any of the Secret Food Tours, there will be a secret dish waiting for you!
Have you already seen enough of central London but still want to experience the joy of British food? Then we recommend this East End Foods tour.
Less crowded than Central London, the East End awaits you with the best bacon sandwich, scrumptious fish and chips, and delightful English cheeses. On this East London food tour, you will savour eight different foods and learn more about the East End’s traditions and culture. Discover not only the best food of East London, but also hidden synagogues, vibrant street art, and Roman burial grounds.
This London food tour takes you through the historic Soho quarter, where you will enjoy ten food and drink tastings. The Soho food tour will start in the morning with a breakfast tasting, so make sure you skip your hotel breakfast. You’ll then stroll through some of London’s oldest and most enchanting streets and discover a range of world cuisines. These include Indian, Mexican, Italian, Hawaiian, Taiwanese and more. There are also British delicacies in one of the five oldest pubs in London. At the end of the tour, you will also visit the oldest wine bar in London! This is probably one of the best London food tours.
This is one of the best London eating tours for people who like to combine movies and food. You’ll discover some of London’s famous film locations and hear the latest on-set gossip and insider news from the movie-loving guide. You will visit the landmarks where movies like Harry Potter, James Bond, Sherlock Holmes, Bridget Jones, and others were filmed. As for the food part: you’ll savour four surprising tastings and drink a beer or cider in a typical London pub where people have been drinking since Shakespeare’s time.
This vegan food tour in London is relatively new, but we are sure it’s going to be a big hit. Explore the best plant-based restaurants in Shoreditch on this 3-hour long food tour. On your way from restaurant to restaurant, you will explore the bustling streets full of contrasts and some of the best vegan food to eat in London.
One of the highlights of this tour is discovering some of London’s most awesome street art pieces, including work by the famous Banksy. The meals in the restaurants are all offered in a variety of smaller “tapas-style” bites. But trust us, you will not end this tour with a hungry stomach! It’s one of the best vegan food tours London has to offer and definitely a highlight for every foodie, no matter whether you’re vegan or not.
Not a classic food tour per se, but still worthy enough to be on this list because of its crowning finale. The Shakespeare’s Globe tour will take you on a guided tour through the Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, which is a faithful reconstruction of the open-air playhouse from 1599. You will also visit an exhibition and learn more about Shakespeare’s life in England’s capital. Furthermore, you will discover how the traditional Wooden O theatre space works today.
The culinary highlight of the tour is a traditional and delicious British afternoon tea in the elegant Swan Restaurant. Indulge in freshly made sandwiches, warm scones with jam and cream (yummy!), homemade patisserie and, of course, a range of exquisite English tea. Pssst, you’ll also get some Prosecco.
You’re less interested in Shakespeare and more fascinated by the best food to eat in London? Then one of the best London food tours you can book is this English Tea & Desserts Tour. On this tour, you’ll not only visit the Queen’s own grocer and see the foods served at Buckingham Palace, but you will also visit one of the most outlandish and lavish chocolate stores ever created.
Furthermore, your guide will tell you interesting stories about the exciting Mayfair and Soho districts. The best part though is the tasting of all the delicious sweets like scones (of course with cream and jam), chocolates and cakes, combined with England’s finest tea. There is no better way to spend a proper British afternoon.
The history of India and England are deeply connected and so it shouldn’t surprise you that there is a huge variety of Indian food to be found in London. If you want to discover these delicious Indian dishes, then we recommend booking the best Indian food tour London has to offer.
You’ll enjoy a guided food tour through East London with seven stops, where you’ll learn about Indian cuisine and the Indian food history in the UK. Various curries, pakoras, dhokras and other Indian dishes are waiting to be relished. You won’t only discover savoury meals, but also sweet treats like creamy ras malai and yummy gulaab jamuns. This tour will make sure that you can completely indulge yourself in the delicious food of the Indian subcontinent (also including Pakistani and Bangladeshi food).
We all probably know, that chocolate makes you happy, right? Well, this next food tour is a very happy one! On the Chocolate Walking Tour London, you will explore the boutiques of some of the finest chocolatiers in the world. Not only will you learn a lot of interesting facts about the history of chocolate and discover the upmarket Mayfair district of London, but you’ll also sample six delightful chocolate treats.
Some of the famous places you will see include amongst others the Paul A Young boutique, Freggo (which serves the best chocolate ice cream in London), Fortnum & Mason’s and Ladurée. And as it’s a walking tour, you also don’t need to be worried to gain too much weight.
One of the most pleasant and cosiest ways to discover London is by boat. And what better to accompany this already amazing experience than a 2-course lunch?
On this London food tour, you board a modern river cruise boat at the Tower Pier and slowly cruise down the river while enjoying a delicious meal and fantastic panoramic views. You’ll see famous sights like the Tower of London, Tower Bridge and the Houses of Parliament from a completely new angle. Furthermore, live commentary will give you interesting facts about London during your cruise.
If you’d rather eat dinner while cruising the Thames, then there is also an option to do a Dinner Cruise on the Thames. This gives you the perfect occasion to see the sights illuminated for the night while indulging in a 5-course dinner, accompanied by live music.
We hope that we’ve helped you to find a London food tour suited to your taste. Keep your eyes open and follow your nose. That way you will soon discover what a foodie paradise London really is. We assure you that it is very rewarding to be a London foodie.
If you need an additional digestive walk after one of the best London food tours, then check out our post about the lovely walk along the Regents Canal. In case you prefer to end your day the British way (in a pub), then keep your eyes open for our next post, where we will show you the best pub tours in London. If you’re more into sightseeing the traditional London spots, then check out this London photo essay from our friend Elisa at TheWannaBeGypsy.
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