Eating London Tours reviewed by George Clode
The group gathered outside the Prince Edward Theatre, where hordes of Potter fans were eagerly awaiting their wizard fix. After circumnavigating the theatre twice I eventually located our group, which was made up of American tourists, a French couple and Hannah, our tour guide.
We were given an excellent introduction which set the tone for the rest of the tour. Hannah was animated, confident and friendly. She interacted well with the group and drew less talkative members out of their shells.
Learn something new
The tour is a boozy, foodie moving travelogue mixed together with a healthy dose of history. Being the only Brit I assumed I was going to know the heritage of the sites we passed. But I was wrong – I learned a huge amount, and ate a great deal while doing so.
We started off at La Bodega Negra, a Mexican tavern just round the corner from our starting point. The chef talked us through the gourmet tacos and frozen margaritas we were served and eased us in to the experience.
Thanking the team there, we set off to meander through the busy Soho streets with Hannah pointing out places of interest, old recording studios and hidden statues of noses – things I have walked past many times before, but never stopped to explore.
Our next stop was at The London Gin Club for gin cocktails and gin-infused meat pies. It was a difficult call, but I think this was the best thing I ate all night. We were told about the gin distilling process, and how their distillers experiment with all sorts of ingredients to keep their gins new and exciting.
The raucous tour took us through Chinatown for tea and dumplings, Pix Pintxos for delicious Basque tapas and to Wardour Street for some sensational Iberian ham and fine red wine. We stopped mid-way in Soho Square for an entertaining history lesson, and our final stop was at Said, where I had the most decadent hot chocolate I have ever had.
The three and a half hours flew by and before I knew it, it was time to say goodbye. I can highly recommend this tour, and as they change the stops regularly, you’re guaranteed a different experience every time.
Where: Tours start from outside the Palace Theatre and finish off Kingly Street near Oxford Circus underground station.
Cost: £84 per person. This includes all food and drink, the excellent tour guide plus a copy of Food Lovers’ Guide to London.