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Eating London: Heart of ‘The City’ Food Tour

Heart Of 'The City' Food Tour

See and taste 2000 years of history in the core of the captial
Thousands of 5 star reviews
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The only food tour in the ancient heart of London

Ages

4+

Duration

3.5 hours

Departs

Monday-Friday 1:15 pm

Welcome to the only food tour in the City of London (really!).

Down river from the palaces of Westminster, you’ll find the much older City of London, which dates back to Roman times and has been the epicenter of British and European life ever since.

Taste your way through the classic London dining destinations that fed the commercial, political and literary ambitions of a growing city – the oyster house, the chophouse, the chocolate house, the tavern & beyond – taking it from the middleweight capital of a small island nation to a world-famous global metropolis.

The story of the City of London is an entire novel written in wood, fire, stone, steel, glass, merchants & magic. Read it cover to cover on this completely one-of-a-kind culinary adventure through 2000 years, serving up the good, bad and bizarre tidbits of history, all framed by fantastic food. It’s the perfect London tour for first timers and long timers alike.

Note: itinerary & tastings subject to change due to seasonal availability, individual closings or local holidays.

Feel the magic as you walk in the footsteps of Charles Dickens, William Shakespeare, Celtic queens, Roman soldiers and… Harry Potter? 🪄

Taste a classic (not the one you might be thinking of!) at London’s oldest fish restaurant, loved by the late, great Anthony Bourdain

Dine in the favourite tavern of London’s most famous author and see his extensive bar bill 🍻

From pies to buns, chocolate delicacies to chophouse classics, washed down with a couple of thoroughly British beverages, your tour of the Square Mile will be a square meal and more 🇬🇧

Discover the differences between the city of London and the City of London and what marks a real Londoner as you marvel at magnificent medieval buildings, historic markets and Roman ruins.

Unravel the controversial history of the City’s sugar and spice trade.

Vegetarian-Friendly Tour, due to the historic nature of this experience, dietary adaptations are limited. Please reach out to us if you’re looking to book but have specific requirements.

Expert Local Guides: Fun, knowledgeable London locals.

London’s Hidden Gems: Enjoy exclusive access to local favorites where you’re treated like family.

Culinary Diversity: Taste a variety of delicious dishes, and hear the stories behind the food.

Cultural Immersion: See London through the eyes of a local.

Established Expertise: Europe’s best food tours, top-rated since 2011.

"I love food tours, and the best part about this one was that the history was just as good as the meals. We did it on our first day in London and it set our entire trip up on the perfect foot. "
— Yasmin N | Tripadvisor
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An evening of great food and drink with Zahra and Josh, both of whom are personable, fun, and knowledgeable. Would highly recommend if you want to eat at some eclectic places that are out of the way and delicious. But the guides made the evening.

- Todd (Tripadvisor Review)

We learned so much about not only the food we tasted but also the restaurants we visited and history of all the buildings we saw. We could never visit these wonderful places on our own and quickly served to taste their signature dish.

- Mayumi Kowta

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Meet Your Local London Tour Guides

One of our London food tour guides will show you the very best the city has to offer.

Lauren
Lauren
My grandparents grew up in the east end, so although I was born in Essex , my roots are here
Well worth heading to a local pub- my favourite is The Hemingford Arms, where you can eat delicious Thai food whilst listening a traditional Irish music session
Rather than paying to just go up The Shard, book a table at the bar there instead- cocktails and a view!
Josh
Josh
Born in Worcester, but moved to London in 2013
Max’s Sandwich Shop In Crouch Hill have the best sandwiches!
For a Sunday roast, head out of Zone 1 and go to pubs where the locals live
Cara
Cara
Born and raised in Bath but living in London since 2013
I absolutely love the Southbank, wandering along and ending up in borough market for a doughnut
Don't be affraid to get lost, you never know what you might find!
Kaffe
Kaffe
I grew up just North from London but have been an official Londoner since 2010
My favourite pub in London is called the Mayflower, it's a lovely walk along the south bank of the Thames from Tower Bridge. Enjoy a nice pint overlooking the river and pretend you're a pirate
Pick a neighbourhood a bit further out, head there and then just wander around. I guarantee you'll stumble on something great
Katie
Katie
Grew up on a farm in Somerset but now loving the big city life.
I love to go to Mildred's in Soho for fresh and super tasty vegetarian cuisine and then finishing off with a glass of bubbly.
Go to Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew to lose yourself in nature. If you want a fun night out then head to Soho Theatre to see some of the best comedians.
Niall
Niall
I was born in Hull, Yorkshire but moved to London in 2011
Favourite place to eat is The Oystermen in Covent Garden, you can't go wrong there. Always a good spread. Although St. John's bakery in London Bridge is a close second
Near Tower Hill Station, there's a hidden gem of a pub called The Dickens Inn. Great drinks, pub food and looks beautiful. Sunday Roast, always a good shout. You're right by the harbour too. Not too far from the Tower of London
Max
Max
I was born and raised in St Albans, Hertfordshire, but now living in the east end of London
My favourite place to eat in London is Yardsale Pizza, Hoxton
If you're on a night out late in Soho, go to Garlic and Shots - you will not regret it
Elle
Elle
I'm from the West Country, in Bristol, but I'm afraid I don't have the accent!
Sunday Brunch at Megan's is the tastiest & the staff are always so lovely.
Go to see as many theatre shows as you possibly can - The Moulin Rouge at the Vaults in London Bridge is not to be missed. Also, the Stairway to Heaven is the best bar in London.
Paddy
Paddy
I'm from Scarborough in North Yorkshire but have lived in Borough for over a year, making me a certified local!
The India Club just off the Strand is outrageously good for the price and their dosas will make your heart sing
Follow the river! Rent a bike or get on a TFL boat and you can explore the city without a single traffic jam.
Madeline
Madeline
I am from Essex - just East of East london
my favourite restaurant in London is six by Nico because I’m so indecisive I couldn’t possibly decide on one meal, I’d rather settle with the 6 individual courses that they serve to you at the 6 by Nico experience
you cannot beat the atmosphere at Camden market, grab some food and take a browse at the interesting stalls, then escape the wildness and go for a stroll the the beautiful neighbouring village of primrose hill
Thomas
Thomas
Born and raised in Leeds up North, but have lived in London for well over a decade - pretty much all over the city!
Oooh, I’m a sucker for Street Food - get yourself to a Street Feast or Mercato Metropolitano for an abundance of vendors, refined menus, and tasty dishes.
Central London is beautiful, but if you need to temper your city break with some nature; head to Richmond Park in South West London and hang out with some wild deer - you’ll forget you’re even in the city.
David
David
Born and raised in South-East London, I've been tummy-rumbling my way around the city my whole life, and I fall in love with it more every year
London is strung through with hidden gems - just stroll off from the main drag and follow that beautiful nose of yours. But if you're lost? Try wine and cheese in the quintessential Le Beaujolais, or dine in the magic, bohemian world of Circolo Popolare
Laine
Laine
From South East London and have eaten my way through most neighbours here in my time!
Head to any of the Eat Tokyo branches around London for a delicious bento box and tofu!
You can walk within Tower Bridge and look beneath your feet at the traffic passing below - it’s affordable, thrilling and you get a great view of the winding Thames.