I think you guys know that I love to eat.
My Instagram feed has wayyyy too many shots of food on it. I can’t help it, I’m American– it’s in my blood!
A few weeks ago, Tom and I were invited on the Eating London Food Tour.
I nearly cried when I got that email.
Ok, that may be an exaggeration. BUT I had been wanting to go on the tour for quite a while and you can bet your butt that I was super excited! I’d heard such great things about the tour (it’s #9 on TripAdvisor’s list of activities to do in London, no easy feat) and had seen other bloggers go on it– their pictures and descriptions made my mouth water with every tweet.
If you are ever in London, you should go on this tour. That’s it. Done. Have I convinced you? NO?
Prepare for the photos.
We began our tour at 10am at Old Spitalfields Market. Our tour guide Emily was the CUTEST– super bubbly and enthusiastic, but not fake enthusiastic– do you know what I mean? She lives in the area and throughout the tour you could tell that she REALLY knows her stuff. I was really impressed with her!
Our first stop on the tour was St. John , where we had a bacon sandwich. Not like the greasy bacon sandwiches I’m used to back at home, this one wasn’t greasy or crispy, and it came with a delicious homemade ketchup. This spot is popular on the London food scene.
Ok, I don’t want to give away every bit of the tour as I want you to be surprised when you go on it! I think that was part of the fun of being on this tour is that I had no idea what was coming next– and neither did my tastebuds.
My favorite dish was the one that’s in the photo at the top of this post– the bread and butter pudding. I have a sweet tooth, so that really got me. And the warm custard on top– YES PLEASE.
So confession time– I’ve been living in England for 9 months and never had fish and chips. I know! I’m not into fish or greasy foods so it’s not something I’ve ever had a hankering to try. But one of the stops on the tour was at Poppy’s, which has been selected in 2014 as having the best fish and chips in the UK (and we were told this competition had very rigorous standards…)
I loved it! And even the mushy peas that came alongside it.
Other stops included food like this beigel with salted pork and a pickle… by looking at this I didn’t think I would like it. Surprise, surprise…
And this selection of curry on Brick Lane. UGH, so good.
What I particularly liked about this tour, besides the food of course, is that in between stops Emily gave us a really interesting history lesson of the East End of London. She showed us so many historical buildings, significant spots, and even street art (like the above) that I never would have known or noticed if I had just gone to the East End myself (ok, I probably would have noticed that huge bird). It also helped that those little detours helped us digest a bit…
Something to also note is that both visitors and locals will get a lot of out of the tour. There was ten of us in the tour group in total, and we ranged from a family from the US who had never been to London to two women who had lived in London for quite a few years. Everyone enjoyed it and thought it was worth what they had paid– always a good thing.
Be sure to check out the Eating London Food Tour’s website, where you book your tour and get more information. Also be sure to follow them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram– but I warn you, their posts will make you hungry!
Have you been on the Eating London Food Tour? Do you think you’ll go the next time you’re in London? Let me know in the comments.
Disclosure: Tom and I were invited on this tour for free in exchange for a review. BUT as always, all opinions are my own, and I literally loved the crap out of this tour.