Reviews of the Best London Food Tours
This post compares several of the most popular food tours available in London. Food tours are a great way to learn about London’s diverse cultural history. From the curry houses on Brick Lane to the Caribbean restaurants in south London, there is no shortage of delicious food available in this city. These tours offer interesting insights into a wide variety of neighbourhoods through the lens of food, and allow guests to literally taste some of the many different cultures that make up London today. Additionally, there are several dessert tours and pub crawls that also invite guests to explore London in a fun and unique way.
The wide range of food tour options makes any visitor to London spoilt for choice. However, with so many choices it can sometimes be difficult to determine which tours are best suited for your individual needs. Below, we’ve broken down the various food tour options in London by neighbourhood so you can decide…which is the best food tour in London?
- East London Tours
- SoHo Food Tours
- Dessert Tours
- Pub Crawls
- Self-Guided Food Tours
- Food/Drink Articles & ‘Best of’ Guides
If you can’t make our guided food tours and you are planning on purchasing the London Pass, bear in mind that it includes a 20% discount on other paid food tours. Also take a look at our suggestions on eating in London on a budget.
EAST LONDON FOOD TOURS
It should really come at no surprise that East London is a very popular area for food tours. The district — which is also known as the East End — is home to several immigrant communities that have contributed greatly to the impressive range of cuisines available.
Perhaps the most famous street in this neighbourhood is Brick Lane — a long road dotted with several Bangladeshi restaurants and adorned in quirky street art. However, there are also many Kosher delis and bagel shops, as well as a handful of outdoor food markets.
There are 5 different companies that regularly offer food tours of East London. Prices range from our pay-what-you-like tour up to – £69 per adult. Tours generally last between 2-4 hours and include 5-8 samples.
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In addition to all of our amazing walking tours, we also offer food tours! Our food tour of East End is one of our most popular tours, with many people signing up to learn more about the area’s history, as well as sample its incredible cuisine!
Unlike all the other food tours in London, there is no upfront fee for our tour. You simply pay the guide what you think the tour was worth, as well as purchase whichever food samples you wish to try.
There is no requirement or pressure to buy any of the food recommended on the tour, though our tour stops at some pretty amazing eateries, so it can be hard to resist!
- Pay for your own samples and don’t forget to pay your tour guide.
- @ 10:30 am on Thursdays and Saturdays
- The dates and times of this tour vary by season, so check out our calendar for potentially more dates.
Though our 5 out of 5-stars TripAdvisor rating and nearly 2,000 reviews account for ALL of our many tours (not just the foodie ones), there are still several reviews that specifically praise our East London Food Tour.
Some guests refer to their experience as the “highlight” of their trip. Additionally, several others comment on how much they prefer the pay-as-you-like model because it means that picky eaters or those with dietary restrictions needn’t waste money on prepaying for food they won’t eat.
Eating London is one of the most well-known food tour companies in London and for good reason! This tour includes stops at 8 different eateries in East London, accompanied with lots of interesting information on the history and culture of the neighbourhood.
Some of the stops featured are: the most famous bagel shop in the city, a bakery selling an award-winning bacon sandwich, a gourmet cheese shop, a classic fish and chips restaurant, a curry house on Brick Lane, a prehistoric English restaurant, a local pub, and a shabby chic restaurant serving salted caramel tarts.
- Adults – £69
- Adolescents (13 – 17) – £54
- Children (4 – 12) – £42
- More info and to purchase.
- Departs: Mon-Sat at 10:00 am, 10:45 am and 11:30 am
- Duration: 4 hours
Eating London maintains an excellent reputation with roughly 1000 reviews and a 5 our of stars rating on TripAdvisor and Viator (see the reviews). Several reviewers describe it as a ‘must do’ for visitors to London and as ‘fantastic and informative’.
Some comment that they felt hurried at certain stops, but this is a common experience for most food tours as guests eat at different paces. However, overall the reviews for this company are extremely positive and it comes highly recommended.
Secret Food Tours specialise in local dining culture and gastronomy trends, bringing guests to some of the best and least well-known eateries in the city.
Their East End London Indian Food Tour takes full advantage of the extensive number of curry restaurants lining Brick Lane. Of all the food tours of East London, this is the only one that focuses specifically on Indian cuisine.
Guests will sample a mix of sweet and savoury Indian dishes whilst learning more about the history of the area, as well as the interesting mixture of spices that make up Indian cooking.
- £59 for adults
- £50 for teens (13-17)
- £45 for children under 13
- More information or to purchase.
- Tuesday – Friday at 7 pm
- Saturdays at 5 pm
It’s no surprise that this tour has won several awards. Secret Food Tours does an excellent job of bringing guests to some of the best eateries in the city.
However, of all the food tours that this company offers in London, this one probably receives the most critical reviews. For some guests, the tour was lacking in commentary of the area in between food stops. However, all guests seem to praise the tour’s food offerings, and thus it is no surprise that Secret Food Tours maintain a 5-star TripAdvisor rating with nearly 300 reviews (read the reviews).
Alternative London is a tour company that specialises in historical and cultural tours of East London. Recently, they added a food tour to their repertoire, bringing lots of excitement to all their ‘alternative’ guests who are interested in learning more about East End eateries that are off the beaten path. There are 7 food stops featured on this tour, including more traditional, family-run businesses as well as trendy new restaurants.
- £45 per person
- Selected weekdays — check their calendar for the most up-to-date information
Impressively enough, this company has over 3,500 reviews and a 5-star rating on TripAdvisor. Though most of the reviews for Alternative London are for their historic and cultural tours, nearly all of the reviews for their food tour are extremely positive. Guests describe it as “amazing” and “fantastic”, and particularly praise the tour’s focus on lesser-known establishments.
SOHO FOOD TOURS
Soho is one of the most popular neighbourhood in London to wine and dine. The area is historically known as being the epicentre for London’s jazz scene, bohemian counterculture, the original gay village, and the Swinging 60s. However, in the last 20 years, Soho has transformed into an upscale neighbourhood that boasts the densest concentration of pubs and restaurants in London. Therefore, it is perhaps no surprise that there are several companies leading food tours through Soho and along the famous Strand.
Though guests are spoilt for choice in terms of the number of food tours on offer in Soho, they must be prepared to spend significantly more than they would elsewhere. Of all the neighbourhoods included on this list, Soho is one of the most expensive areas of the city to take a food tour.
Tour prices range from £60 – £80 for 5-10 tastings at some of Soho’s best restaurants and shops. If those prices don’t fall within your budget, then consider taking a tour with us! Guests get to decide what they want to pay the guide, as well as how much food they want to buy, which is a huge money saver — especially for families!
In addition to their East End Food Tour, Eating London also leads a Twilight Soho Food Tour that features several tasty treats and delicious cocktails. This is the only food tour in Soho that runs in the evenings and that really aims to showcase the area’s bustling nightlife. The types of cuisines sampled are varied and interesting, as the tour takes full advantage of Soho’s international influence.
- £94 per person for 3.5-hour tour
- Bookings are fully refundable up to 48 hours before the tour.
- Departs at 4 pm and 4:30 pm Tuesday-Friday
Though not as popular as their East End food tour, Eating London’s Twilight Soho Food Tour also comes highly recommended (read the reviews). Once again, guests praised the quality of the guides, as well as the selection of bars and restaurants included on the tour. However, keep in mind that this tour is both a food tour and a classy ‘pub crawl’, with many of the stops featuring cocktails rather than food. If this sounds like the perfect mix of eating and drinking, then this is the tour for you! Otherwise, you might want to consider going with a different company offering a strictly food-based tour in Soho.
London Food Lovers
London Food Lovers, another extremely popular and highly regarded food tour company in London, offers several tours through Soho. Their best-selling walk is a morning tour called Soho International Food Tour (Menu A), though they’ve recently introduced a follow-up tour called Soho International Food Tour (Menu B). Additionally, they offer a Soho International Sunday Food Tour and an afternoon food tour. Cuisines featured on their tours range from Hawaiian, Italian, and Mexican, to Jamaican and many more!
- Soho International Food Tour (Menu A) – £75 for adults aged 12+; £45 for children under 12
- Soho International Food Tour (Menu B) – £75 for adults aged 12+; £50 for children under 12
- Soho International Sunday Food Tour – £75 for adults aged 12+; £55 for children under 12
- Afternoon Food and Cultural Tour – £70 for adults aged 12+; £50 for children under 12
- Soho International Food Tour (Menu A) – Tuesday, Friday, and Saturday at 10:15 am
- Soho International Food Tour (Menu B) – Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday at 10:15 am
- Soho International Sunday Food Tour – Sundays at 10:45 am
- Afternoon Food and Cultural Tour – Monday-Wednesday at 2 pm; Thursday-Saturday at 2:30 pm
Described as “amazing” and a “must do”, London Food Lovers maintains a 5 star TripAdvisor rating with nearly 200 reviews. The relatively n
ew company has continued to impress guests since its founding with a diverse array of flavours and cultural anecdotes about the area. This is the perfect tour for the true foodie!
Additional Companies Offering Food Tours of Soho
- London From Scratch – Tour offered about once a month in the afternoon.
- Fox & Squirrel – The Strand Food Tour offered on the 2nd Friday of every month.
LONDON BRIDGE AND SOUTH LONDON
The neighbourhood around London Bridge and just south of the river is another bustling area filled with delicious eateries and pubs. Borough Market — which is arguably London’s most popular food market — is a historic hub of several different cheese, meat, and sweet stalls. For those who love jerk chicken and lots of spices, it’s good to know that the best Caribbean restaurants in the city are also all found in south London!
The only caveat when taking a food tour in this area is the price. Like Soho, South London and London Bridge are very expensive neighbourhoods to tour. Prices range from £60 – £80 per person for a tour that lasts between 2-4 hours and includes 5-10 samples.
Of the set-price tours, each was over £60 per adult. Though this might be out of range for many visitors already spending a lot on their holiday, nearly all guests who were able to afford these tours rated them very highly. Alternatively, our highly rated food tour of Brixton is another great option for those who want to be able to limit the cost of their tour.
As stated above, Secret Food Tours specialise in local dining culture and gastronomy trends, bringing guests to some of the best and least well-known eateries in the city. In addition to their East End Indian food tour, this company also offers a Traditional British Food tour around London Bridge. Some of the dishes featured include Cumberland sausages, fish and chips, fresh bread, English cheeses, local beers and ciders, and delicious teas.
- £59 for adults
- £50 for teens (13-17)
- £45 for children under 13
- More information or to book.
- Daily (except for Sunday) @ 11:00 am
It’s no surprise that this tour has won several awards. Secret Food Tours do an excellent job of bringing guests to some of the best eateries in the city. In fact, their Traditional British Food tour is particularly well reviewed as many guests comment that the tour was so good that it exceeded their already high expectations.
All guests seem to praise the tour’s food offerings, and thus it is no surprise that Secret Food Tours maintain a 5 out of 5 stars on TripAdvisor and Get Your Guide (see the reviews) rating with nearly 300 reviews.
London Food Lovers
London Food Lovers, another extremely popular and highly regarded food tour company in London, offers a Modern Taste of Britain Tour in addition to there many Soho food tours. The Modern Taste of Britain tour takes guests around London Bridge and introduces them to several traditional dishes, as well as the history behind them. There are 10 tastings in total, and stops at 7 different eateries.
- Adults (13+) – £80; Children (4-12) – £60 for a 4 hour tour
- Thursdays and Fridays at 10am
Described as “amazing” and a “must do”, London Food Lovers maintains a 5 star TripAdvisor rating with nearly 200 reviews. The relatively new company has continued to impress guests since its founding with a diverse array of flavours and cultural anecdotes about the area. This is the perfect tour for the true foodie!
Walk Eat Talk Eat
This popular food tour company also runs a SE1 & Borough food tour that takes guests through Borough Market and around London Bridge. The tour really aims to show guests some lesser known restaurants and food stalls that have been around for several years. There are 5 different samples featured on the tour including a scotch egg, baked Camembert, and refreshing gelato.
- £72 per person for 3.5-hour tour
Once again, the reviews for this tour are nothing short of excellent. Several reviewers compliment the guides for their knowledge and passion, in addition to praising the delicious food samples included on the tour. Walk Eat Talk Eat currently has a 5 star TripAdvisor rating with nearly 300 reviews. There are only a handful of reviews that fall below 4 stars, and each of those are from 2014 at the most recent.
Additional Companies Offering Food Tours of London Bridge / South London
- Fox & Squirrel — Brixton Food Tour on 2nd Saturday of every month
For those looking to indulge in London’s sweeter side, we recommend taking a desserts tour! These are very similar to food tours, however they feature chocolates, pastries, and all things sweet rather than savoury. Though chocolate is the main focus, guests also get to learn about the history of the area that they tour, as well as enjoy VIP discounts at many of the places they visit.
There are 2 companies offering dessert tours in London: Chocolate Ecstasy Tours and Urban Adventures. The former is by far the most popular and offers the widest range of dessert tours in the city as they specialise strictly in sweets. Urban Adventures, on the other hand, leads several different types of tours and only occasionally offers their Luxe London Dessert tour. The cost of the Urban Adventures tour is £68, whilst the Chocolate Ecstasy Tours range in price from £36-£55 per person.
Chocolate Ecstasy Tours
Chocolate Ecstasy Tours is by far the largest and most popular dessert tour company in London. They offer several dessert tours, including: Mayfair Chocolate Exstasy Tour, Chelsea Chocolate Tour, Coffee and Chocolate Tour of Notting Hill, Evening Chocolate Tour, and an Ice Cream Tour of Soho & Covent Garden. Additionally, they also offer chocolate making workshops and chocolate tours in Brighton and York. Most tours include hot chocolate, chocolate samplings, and a range of chocolate baked goods.
- Mayfair Chocolate Exstasy Tour £40 per person for 3 hours
- Chelsea Chocolate Tour: £45 per person for 3-3.5 hours
- Coffee and Chocolate Tour of Notting Hill: £49 for 4 hours
- Evening Chocolate Tour: £55 per person for 3 hours
- Ice Cream Tour of Soho & Covent Garden: £36 for 2.5 hours
- Mayfair Chocolate Tour: Every Saturday and some weekdays at 10am
- Chelsea Chocolate Tour: Every Sunday at 11:30am and some weekdays
- Coffee and Chocolate Tour of Notting Hill: 10:30am on some Sundays
- Evening Chocolate Tour: One Thursday per month at 6pm
- Ice Cream Tour of Soho & Covent Garden: Most Saturday afternoons and weekday evenings — see their calendar for more details.
Chocolate Ecstasy Tours is one of the most highly rated tour company in London! They have nearly 400 reviews on TripAdvisor, and nearly all are 5 stars, with only one person rating them at 3 stars and NONE rating them at 1 or 2 stars. Guests consistently comment that their experience was “wonderful” and “brilliant”. If you like chocolate and want to learn more about London’s history, then this is definitely the tour for you! Read more at http://www.chocolateecstasytours.com/.
Urban Adventures, a company run by Intrepid Travel, offers several tours in many different cities around the world. In London, they offer a Luxe London Dessert Tour that typically runs once a month. The tour starts in Piccadilly Circus and visits different sweet shops located around central London.
- £68 per person for 2.5 hour tour
- 11am on certain Tuesdays
Urban Adventures has a solid reputation as a tour company in London, with a 5 star rating on TripAdvisor and nearly 100 reviews. However, there is currently only 1 review for their dessert tour, as it is not offered as often as their other tours. That review was written by a pastry chef, and rates the company as excellent with a 5 star review!
LONDON PUB CRAWLS
Pub crawls are a popular tourist activity for those wishing to have some grown-up fun whilst exploring a new neighbourhood. Though some pub crawls strictly aim to entertain and provide a wild night out, the tours listed below cater to people of all ages who are hoping to learn about the history and culture of an area through the lens of alcohol. Guests will visit historic pubs, sample local beers and ciders, and try some of the best cocktails in the city!
The price and style of each of the tours included on this list varies immensely. London Food Lovers and Walk Eat Talk Eat are primarily ‘cocktail crawls’ and by far the most expensive options with tours ranging from £55-£89 per person.
Those who are more so looking to explore traditional pubs and drink classic brews should opt for the tours offered by Drink London, Alternative London, or Urban Adventures. Each of those tours cost £25-£35 per person and only feature beers, ciders, and occasional snacks. Finally, if you’d prefer doing something completely different, take a cycling tour with Tally Ho! Cycle, who bring guests to several pubs and food stalls via bike!
London Food Lovers Tour
In addition to their highly rated food tours, this company also offers a Jack the Ripper Happy Hour Tour, which is the perfect mix of food, drinks, and history. Guests will sample gin, wine, and craft ale, in addition to tapas, a hot salt beef bagel, and chocolate. Meanwhile, a guide will take guests along the same streets that Jack the Ripper once roamed, relaying the horrible history of the area.
- £55 per person for 2.5-3 hours
- 5:30 pm Wednesday-Saturday
Described as “amazing” and a “must do”, London Food Lovers maintains a 5 star TripAdvisor rating with nearly 200 reviews. The relatively new company has continued to impress guests since its founding with a diverse array of flavours and cultural anecdotes about the area. This is perhaps the most popular pub crawl on offer! http://londonfoodlovers.com/
Walk Eat Talk Eat
Walk Eat Talk Eat runs a Farringdon Gin Tour, which takes guests around a neighbourhood with a long history of distilling. Guests sample several different types of gins, most of which are complemented with food such as a cheese board or chocolate fondue. This is a great tour for a fun afternoon exploring the lesser known neighbourhoods of Farringdon and Clerkenwell.
- £89 per person for 3 hours
- Varies by season — best to consult their calendar
Once again, the reviews for this tour are nothing short of excellent. Several reviewers compliment the guides for their knowledge and passion, in addition to praising the delicious gin and food samples included on the tour. Walk Eat Talk Eat currently has a 5 star TripAdvisor rating with nearly 300 reviews. There are only a handful of reviews that fall below 4 stars, and each of those are from 2014 at the most recent. http://www.walkeattalkeat.com/
This is the only company solely dedicated to running historic pub crawls in London. Their London Pub Tour brings guests to some of the most historic pubs and ale houses in the city. There are at least 4 stops along the way, and guests are encouraged to sample as many beverages as they wish.
- £25 per person for 3 hours
- 2-5pm on Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday
If you’re interested in learning more about London’s ‘liquid history’, then this is the tour for you! Reviewers compliment the passionate and informative guides, as well as the variety of pubs. With a 5 star TripAdvisor rating and nearly 1200 reviews, this is the tour to take if you’re a beer aficionado!
Tally Ho! Cycle
For those looking for something a little different, they should consider taking a cycling tour with Tally Ho! Cycle. Their Gin and Food tour is a popular alternative that allows guests to sample a variety of gins and indulge in one Gin and Tonic. The tour also goes through one of London’s most popular food markets, thus allowing guests to sample a few treats at their own discretion.
- £35 per person
- Saturdays at 2pm (seasonal)
Tally Ho! Cycle Tours is one of the most reputable tour companies in London. They boast a 5 star rating on TripAdvisor with nearly 800 reviews. Though they specialise in historical cycle tours, their Gin and Food tour is quickly becoming one of their most popular. Many guests say that their tours are fun, entertaining, and yet very informative.
Additional Companies Offering Pub Crawls
- Urban Adventures — Soho Legends and Pub Tour once a month
- Alternative London — Craft Beer and Pub Tour through East London on certain Saturdays
Self-Guided Food Tours of London
Here is our list of self-guided food tours in London! We’d love to have you on our tours, but we realise that sometimes people prefer to explore on their own. With these guides, you will have a ready-made route that takes you to all of the best eateries in each area!
- Covent Garden
- London Borough Market
- East London
- Soho, Piccadilly, Chinatown
- Leather Lane Market
- Exmouth Market
Food/Drink Articles and “Best Of” Guides
Check out some of our posts on food and drink in London.
- Top 10 British Foods to Try
- Best Fish and Chips in London
- Food in the East End
- Best Pizza in London
- 10 Bizarre and Quirky London Restaurants
- Best Pie in London
- 8 Best Street Food Markets in London
And our posts on drinking and pubs in London
- London’s Best Historical Pubs
- Best London Pubs with a View
- London’s Best Riverside Pubs
- Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese – this pubs dates from the 1500’s
- Best Coffee in London
- Twinings Tea Shop