Only in London will you discover a centuries-old gastropub rubbing shoulders with a world-renowned flagship patisserie on one side, an authentic Italian delicatessen specialising in Mama’s pesto on the other, and a smart Champagne and oyster bar across the street. The British capital is a gastronome’s paradise, its menus stacked with flavours from across the globe and many of its restaurants wielding Michelin stars. Such dazzling choice can be overwhelming for the uninitiated, which is why we’ve selected a handful of accessible ways to discover the city’s culinary scene. Here are the best food tours in London to guarantee a taste of the capital’s finest flavours.
Indulge your sweet tooth
If thickly iced cupcakes, rainbow-bright macarons, sugar-sprinkled donuts and cream-stuffed eclairs whet your appetite, take the Bloomsbury Tour of London’s prime dessert emporiums. Starting moments from The Montague on the Gardens, this two and a half-hour culinary adventure with a Cordon Bleu-trained pastry chef journeys through the chic sugary haunts of Covent Garden, home of some of the world’s most established chocolatiers, and into Soho, famous for its eclectic range of global street foods.
Meeting the makers and selecting the best desserts from London’s finest cake parlours, the tour includes a visit to the famous Pierre Hermé, whose exquisite macarons feature candied floral flavours and crisp citrus notes. If your preference is choux pastry, you’ll enjoy choosing from the serried ranks of glossy eclairs at Maitre Choux. The Japanese-inspired Kova Patisserie is where to sample matcha-infused delicacies. The mille crêpe, a delicate layered sponge undercut with the sophisticated edge of green tea, is a must. The tour also pays a visit to Le Cordon Bleu London, where the skill behind perfect pastry is demonstrated by the academy’s rising stars.
The Bloomsbury Tour starts at 11am every Wednesday, from a meeting point just opposite The British Museum. It accommodates a maximum of six people, however private tours can be arranged upon request. Enquire with the concierge at The Montague to book.
Discover the local favourites
Belgravia is one of London’s most prestigious postcodes, smartly evidenced in its neat rows of chic patisseries, stylish cafés, beautifully presented cake shops and speciality cheesemongers. The Belgravia Tour journeys past the area’s signature grand white stucco terraces and immaculately tended garden squares, leading visitors on one of London’s very best food tours.
From a candy-bright Sardinian gelateria to a beloved local chocolatier and bijou cheese shop, this two and a half-hour tour introduces Belgravia’s most prestigious independent producers and offers plenty of opportunity to sample the area’s finest locally-made luxuries. Learn about the products, pick up some delicious souvenirs and discover where local Londoners prefer to shop.
The Belgravia Tour operates on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays from 2pm. It starts in Ebury Street, famous for its charming village feel. There’s a maximum of six people per tour, with private tours arranged on request. Enquire with the concierge at The Montague to book.
Stay at Red Carnation Hotels’ The Montague on the Gardens for easy access to London’s best food tours.