First things first…
- Do you like to eat?
- Do you want to discover the Big Smoke’s hidden gems on a foodie escapade?
If you have answered yes to the first two questions, keep reading – this post is for you 😉
I’ll start from the beginning. I met Charley at a travel networking meet-up a few months ago; she revealed that she had just launched a business called London Tailored Tours. Intrigued, I asked more.
Charley is the ultimate Londoner, one of those useful-to-know people who can recommend the best spots for any occasion around London – and just of the top of her head – no google search required! Furthermore, she started out as a London tour guide and has racked up 7 years under her belt, including specialising in food tours. This has led her to make the leap and build a business of her own, collating all the best bits to spread some local knowledge.
Now I’m not going to delve into too much detail about where exactly we went on the tour as the aim of this article isn’t to divulge all of Charley’s best kept London secrets, it is her business premise after all. What’s the fun in telling you what’s to expect before you take the tour anyway? Instead, I want to give you a flavour of the Foodie Tour so you can decide if it’s something for you to check out yourself.
Tickling the taste buds
The Foodie Tour started in Southwark. In a group of no more than 10 we were asked to introduce ourselves so we could get to know the rest of the group and feel comfortable – after all we were about to spend the next 3 hours roaming around London together! Intros over, we strolled to our first destination, the cutest café in a tucked away spot. We each ordered a tea or coffee and chose one of their delectable bagels, fresh from the renowned Brick Lane bagel shop! Charley bestowed some interesting facts on us including why bagels have a hole in them. Do you know why? *smug face*. With our stomachs lined we made our way to Borough market making several pit stops on route.
Booze is out!
We were led to the most charming of public gardens. It was kind of like that moment when the children find the door to the secret garden in the film The Secret Garden. The London oasis was immersed in colourful flowers, had a pretty pond and a circle of benches in the centre. It was the perfect place for our guide to whip out some bubbly and reveal a bit about the location.
Bubbles glugged, we moved on to Borough Market. Charley had arranged for us to go to various stalls learn about the products and of course my favourite part, try some tasters! On this tour we visited a charcuterie, swiss cheese stall and then ended up drinking salted caramel hot chocolates and munching on cocoa beans. Fully stuffed, we made our way out of the market and to a viewpoint. Our guide showed off her historical knowledge of the area and poured us some local beers for us to taste. But there was more, she had brought a load of oysters to crack open and indulge in. However, I stuck to the beer as I learnt the hard way last year that oysters just do not agree with me!
The tour came to an end as we were led to a quaint, concealed pub in London Bridge where the group discussed the day’s events, got to know one another better and ate yet more food in the sweetest form – dessert!
London Tailored Tours gave me my first taste of a Foodie Tour and I must admit it did not disappoint. I left feeling a stone heavier but very satisfied! I would highly recommend the tour, especially those new to London, tourists or it would make a lovely gift for a friend or family member. You can also get private tours with more detail on the website: www.londontailoredtours.com
Pssst. The tour was dotted with Harry Potter and Bridget Jones facts – in case you’re a fan! 😉
One thing to note that Charley is consistently tweaking her Foodie Tour to get the right blend for her fellow foodies so your tour may be slightly different to mine – but all the more fun to experience it for yourself!
Have you taken a food tour around London before? Was it for you and would you recommend them? x