5 star rating: Highly Recommended 75 Reviews

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  • Location: London, United Kingdom
  • Duration:  3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
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 eclectic neighborhoods of Shoreditch and Spitalfields and discover the places where in-the-know Londoners choose to eat. Wolf down a bacon sandwich at the award-winning St John Bread and Wine restaurant, discover the legendary salt-beef bagels of Beigel Bake and sample artisan British cheese. Traditional fish and chips at Poppies are also included, as are curry samples on Brick Lane and more!


  • 3.5-hour food tour of London’s East End
  • Explore Spitalfields with a friendly guide and discover where the locals eat
  • Head inside quirky cafes and top-rated joints endorsed by Time Out London
  • Visit St John Bread and Wine for a bacon sandwich and Beigel Bake for a salt-beef bagel
  • Enjoy fish and chips at Poppies served traditionally in newspaper and sample curries on Brick Lane
  • Learn about the East End's multicultural cuisine and history

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

The East End is one of the most exciting areas of London as it’s so culturally diverse and interesting. Brick Lane is my favorite place to eat curry (outside of India), and it's a great place to just walk around and soak up the atmosphere.

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What You Can Expect

London East End Food Tour

Explore the eclectic East End of London on your Food Tour

After meeting your guide near Spitalfields, set off on your stroll around the area to learn about east London’s food scene and culinary heritage. Culturally diverse, with London’s largest immigrant population, the east London area has its own distinct cuisine influenced by the different nationalities who live there. Sample a total of ten popular local dishes as you explore; highlights are as described below.

Start with a traditional British breakfast staple – the humble bacon sandwich – at St John Bread and Wine, a meat-specialist restaurant that’s become a local institution. Then, step back in time with a visit to the English Restaurant to sample its legendary bread pudding.

Wander over to Androuet, one of London’s top cheese producers, to sample artisan British cheeses, and then enjoy a leisurely amble north to Poppies – a proper East End chippy— for a portion of fish and chips, wrapped in newspaper.

Head back toward Spitalfields and stroll down Brick Lane, Britain's undisputed curry capital that's home to Indian food shops and curry restaurants galore. Head inside Aladin, your guide’s favorite eatery, and sample Bangladeshi and Indian specialties while learning how curry has become Britain’s national dish. Then, wander into the heart of the East End’s Shoreditch to visit Beigel Bake, one of the most famous bagel shops this side of the Atlantic. Chow down on one of their salted beef bagels, and you’ll quickly realize how they made it onto Time Out London’s ‘100 Best Dishes in London’ list.

Your final visit is to another historical English restaurant where you'll try a salted caramel tart to finish on a sweet-tasting high note! Your tour then finishes in the heart of Shoreditch, near Pizza East.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

This was one of the best food tours in a European city we have been on. The guide Ollie was was as enthusiastic as if it was his first tour. He genuinely wanted everyone form different parts of the world to experience English history, English humour, which he had plenty of and of course the food places we visited. In addition he carried a small portfolio with pictures of some of the premises from decades or centuries ago. The food was varied and good quality with just the right amount at each of the spots. Ollie made sure he kept in touch with everyone in our group of 11 and so no one felt left behind. from the tasty bacon toast to the English tea at the end this is one worth the full 5 stars and great value around this end of the City of London.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Excellent tour would recommend to anyone interested in knowing a bit more about the area as well as the food. Even though in from the east end myself I still learnt things I never knew before. Emily was very knowledgable, enthusiastic and interesting to listen too. She made the tour worthwhile.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

A great tour! We knew nothing about the East End and really enjoyed learning the history and of course eating the food! Our guide, Emily, was welcoming, friendly, and knowledgeable. The small group size allowed us to get to know our fellow tourists a little as well. We definitely recommend this tour and we would also return to any of the restaurants we discovered because of the tour.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

What a great tour!!!! Our guide Emily was phenomenal...cannot say enough good things about her. She was funny, knowledgeable and was an amazing guide. This was our 3rd time to London and we were looking for something different to do. This tour fulfilled the need. Great food, wonderful guide and fantastic way to spend part of the day in London's east end!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

This tour was amazing!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

This was our first food tour. Emily was an excellent guide. Her knowledge and history of the area was amazing. She was extremely outgoing and made the tour very enjoyable. She knew everyone's name and made you feel very welcome. My suggestion is:DO NOT EAT BREAKFAST. You will be eating for several hours and the quantity is more than sufficient. We will be looking for food tours in other cities we visit.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Perfect. from the bacon sandwich to Olly our garrulous guide !

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Absolutely fabulous! Hannah was delightful and the food was fantastic. Loved hearing the history and seeing the East End. Would recommend to everyone.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Amazing 3 hours of walking and eating - eating and walking really delicious food . Emily was a great guide

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Superb. Informative and tasty. Our guide, Emily, was excellent.

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