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Standing proud on Piccadilly since 1707, Fortnum & Mason, along with the equally famous Harrods, takes the prize for London’s best-known and most iconic department store. Named after its principal proprietors William Fortnum and Hugh Mason, the ... 

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5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2014

We start out at the Algerian Coffee House on Old Compton Road where we try their dark-, milk-, and white-chocolate coated coffee beans which they have been making and serving for over 50 years. Reportedly, they have the cheapest coffee in all of London. It is a no-frills whole-in-the-wall, but in-depth coffee knowledge of the whole world. It made me think that these people were true explorers. Then we cross the street to visit the Hotel Chocolat candy shop. The Hotel Choclat is the only chocolate shop in London who grows their own cocoa, in the rainforests of St. Lucia. Here we try their summer truffle – dark chocolate mojito.
Next it is the Paul A Young chocolate shop, who has won the championship for the best chocolate confection for the last 2 years and is expected to win again this year. Here we all try his award winning caramel truffle, where the caramel is a warm, buttery liquid center. Then we get to choose a second truffle of our liking. Then it is on to the East India Tea Company where we sample various hot and cold teas and any number of cookies, crackers, and jams. Afterwards, we take a detour through Soho to CovCovent Garden stopping at Freggo, an Argentinian gelato shop. Here we snake around the shop and call out the flavors we want to try. I try their signature Dolce de Leche, followed by Banana Split, and Raspberry. Then we visit the inventors of the truffle, Prestat. What an adorable little chocolate shop that has been in business for a century! It is said to be the inspiration for “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” and I can see why. Here we taste the classic truffle with cocoa powder coating. We end our tour at the Fortnum and Mason department store and a visit to their candy “counter”. Here we are treated to two more truffles including a strawberry and black pepper (I can’t even describe how well this works!!) and a passion fruit in dark chocolate.

Two hours, two miles, and six truffles later, our tour has come to an end.

Doing what: London's Chocolate Walking Tour

AlexB
United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2012

Great day out in London! Our guide, Ferry, was fantastic -- really engaging and funny. Enjoyed exploring Fortnum & Mason, discovering Paul A Young, and most especially, the salted caramel truffles!

Doing what: London's Chocolate Walking Tour

1 star rating: I do not recommend this
November 2013

This was to be one of the hightlights of my daughter's and my trip. It was not. First, I had the confimation printout with me, and Fortnum and Mason did not have the reservation. They checked with the manager and he did not have it. I showed them the printout and they had to call the company to find the reservation(which was made at least 2 months beofre we left).We waited for at least 15 minutes before they sat us, telling us they did not know what happened. We were under the impression we were getting the Grand Tea. The served us once and never came back. This was part of my daughter's birthday present and it was not what either of us expected.I would not recommend this to anyone.

Doing what: London Afternoon Tea at Fortnum and Mason

1 star rating: I do not recommend this
April 2013

Very disappointed it was a waste of money. We only went to 5 chocolate shops and the tastings were no more that what you would get if you walked in off the high street. We went to
an ice cream shop no chocolate in there and then finally got left outside Fortnum and Masons and told tour ends here.

Doing what: London's Chocolate Walking Tour

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