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London’s Top Food Experiences

By Viator, April 2014

4.5 391 Reviews | Add your review

The days of bland and stodgy British cuisine, often bemoaned by international visitors, are long gone, and London’s 21st-century culinary makeover has made it one of the world’s most exciting gastronomic cities. Inspired by its cosmopolitan population and a new wave of innovative celebrity chefs, foodies can finally put London at the top of their travel itineraries. 

London’s top food experiences are as varied as the city itself, but newcomers should start with a nod to tradition and indulge in the timeless pastime of English Afternoon Tea. There are plenty of unique options for teatime in the capital, but you can’t go wrong with the luxury Champagne tea and buttermilk scones at the Grosvenor House Hotel or a visit to the Royal Family-approved New Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon at Fortnum & Mason. Another way to get a taste of Old England is to attend a candlelit medieval-themed banquet hosted by Royal ancestor Henry VIII (or his look-alike, at least) and accompanied by period-style food and music.

Next, swap the glitzy tea halls of central London for the cosmopolitan sprawl of the East End where you can sample some of the city’s most diverse ethnic cuisines. Brick Lane is famous for its curry houses, Spitalfields market is a hotspot for quirky street food and traditional East London ‘chippies’ still serve fish and chips wrapped in newspaper. 

Food-themed walking tours are another great way to discover London’s most unique eats, starting with a trip around the legendary Borough Market at London Bridge and continuing to local favorite, Brixton Market, where you’ll get to sample everything from Afro-Caribbean sweets to British cheeses. Or indulge your sweet tooth on a Chocolate walking tour, strolling around the glamorous Mayfair district and tucking into the creations of famous London chocolatiers like Paul A Young, Hotel Chocolat, Choccywoccydoodah and Ladurée.

Finally, you don’t have to join a tour to sample London’s finest cuisine – there are hundreds of world-class restaurants to choose from. If you plan to eat out every night though, a worthwhile investment is the London Pass Dining Guide, which offers savings on meals at over 35 of the city’s top restaurants including top eateries like the Hard Rock Cafe, Planet Hollywood, La Brasserie Mayfair and the Covent Garden Grill.

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Medieval Banquet and Merriment by Torchlight in London

4 star rating: Recommended 87 Reviews

Feast with your host Henry VIII and other colorful characters from Merrie England at a medieval banquet straight from the pages of history! Minstrels and ...  Read more

Location: London, United Kingdom
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $85.34

Skip the Line: Hard Rock Cafe London

4.5 star rating: Recommended 163 Reviews

Book your dinner at London's Hard Rock Cafe ahead of time and jump the queue. Don't waste time waiting in lines on vacation!

Location: London, United Kingdom
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $33.96

London East End Food Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 12 Reviews

Get to know the East End’s burgeoning food scene and its fascinating history on a 3.5-hour London walking tour. With a friendly local guide, explore the ...  Read more

Location: London, United Kingdom
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $85.59

London Afternoon Tea at Grosvenor House

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 84 Reviews

Combine old-school English glamor with delicious cakes, sandwiches and tea on this must-do afternoon tea experience in London! Choose between one of two ...  Read more

Location: London, United Kingdom
Duration: Varies

From USD $68.18

London Food Walking Tour: Brixton and Borough Markets

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 13 Reviews

Visit Brixton and Borough markets on this exciting 3.5-hour small-group food tour, led by a friendly local guide! Starting at Brixton Market, London’s ...  Read more

Location: London, United Kingdom
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $69.12

London's Chocolate Walking Tour

4 star rating: Recommended 25 Reviews

This chocolate tour in London is a chocoholic’s heaven! Explore the glamorous area of Mayfair with your expert guide and learn about the history of chocolate ...  Read more

Location: London, United Kingdom
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $40.96
$51.20 Save $10.24

London Afternoon Tea at Fortnum and Mason

4.5 star rating: Recommended 7 Reviews

There is no better place in London to enjoy the English tradition of afternoon tea than at the New Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon located in the world-renowned ...  Read more

Location: London, United Kingdom
Duration: Varies

From USD $90.46

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