London can be paradise for the food lovers. You can find everything there to satisfy your cravings and one thing that you should definitely try is the East End Food Tour.
To be honest, London was never part of my ‘’bucket list’’ or whatever, unlike for many other people. I decided to visit it just because I found cheap flights from there to Georgia, which was my target, and I thought – okay, so why not check out London for a couple of days before going to Georgia. Glad I did, it turned out that London is not that bad. There was also something that I was excited for that was expecting me in London, The East End Food Tour.
What is East End Food Tour
The East End is a three and a half, four hours food tour in the East End neighbourhood of London. The tour offers eight authentic tasting in favourite locals places and of course the history of the place and the places you visit as well.
Food, locations and taste
St. John Bread and Wine – This was our first stop and one of my favourites. Here we’ve tried the legendary bacon sandwich that this place has to offer.
Usually, I’m not the biggest fan of bacon but this one was really crazy good! And the combination of everything together was just perfect! (right now writing this, I’m starting dreaming of another bacon sandwich, yummy).
It’s really not a consequence that it is ranking as the best bacon sandwich in London!
Besides the sandwich, I’ve noticed other good things in the menu, if I go back to London one day, I will surely visit this place again.
The English Restaurant – The name speaks for itself. An authentic 17th-century heritage-listed restaurant with a story to tell. Beautiful wooden interior and delicious classic butter pudding.
Thanks to Madi’s suggestion we’ve put from the sauce in the middle of it and it was great, too sweet actually but absolutely good!
The House of Androuet – Are you a cheese lover? I am! If you one as well then you will definitely going to love this place.
The place is owned by the brothers Loe and Alex, master cheese mongers and cheese-maturing experts who share their love of cheese and everything about it.
We’ve tried two types of cheese – a blue cheese and gouda cheese. The blue cheese is not my favourite usually but I really liked this one, it was very tasty in small portions.
Poppies Fish and Chips – A busy place, obviously because it’s very good. Their fish and chips are the best in London and they are served wrapped in newspaper like they were in the old days.
The pea puree was also very nice and a great fit for the fish and chips.
Pride of Spitalfields – A place like no other! The Pride of Spitalfields is a local pub serving the best of English beer and cider.
This place is very authentic and you will find many locals there and also one fat cat.
Wait! What cat?
That was maybe the most fluffy and adorable cat I have ever seen. (see the picture below, isn’t it?)
Aladin – I’m not a fan of the spicy food but this curry was amazing! We’ve tried three types of curries and one of them was even vegetarian. The others were lamb and chicken curries. I liked the most the lamb one.
While eating the delicious curries, we enjoyed nice conversations between each other.
Aladin is listed among the top 10 Indian restaurants in London.
Beigel Bake – Yes, we’ve ate bagels here. A soft bagel in the company of salty and tasty beef, gherkin and English mustard. The bagel and the beef were really yummy but the mustard… I don’t like mustard, I actually think I hate it. However, I just didn’t ate it and the rest was good. The other people of the group liked it.
Good to know: This place is open 24/7 if you’re hungry for bagels at any time.
Pizza East – Last stop. Dessert, please!
Because of the name of the place we thought that we are going to eat pizza and we all were like ”pizza? after all this food? we can not make it.”. But it was not pizza it was the cherry on the cake aka the dessert.
Because this was our last stop we were able to spend here more time. I left earlier because I wanted to go on the alternative tour of London but it’s nice to stay for a while and get to know the others even more.
We’ve had a traditional English tea with a salted caramel tart.
The tart was really salty but I liked the combination with the whipped cream.
The guide on my tour was Madi, a lovely, knowledgeable and smiley girl. She was very sweet, always checking on everyone and very communicative. During the tour, she was always telling us more about the place itself, history of the area and trying to get to know more about everybody.
If you decide to take the tour and she happens to be your guide, I can guarantee you that you will have a wonderful time with her, eating your way around London.
Conclusion, Is it worth it?
At one moment during the tour, one boy of the group asked me how did I end up on the tour. All of the other people were Americans. He told me that he thought that this is maybe one of those tours that only the stupid Americans go to. Hmm, I don’t know, I guess that it just happened like this and I don’t think that Americanscans are the only people going on the tour, not at all.
I enjoyed the tour and had a very nice time on it. (and I love to eat)
The tour, though, it’s not very budget friendly. However, if you can afford it, it is a very pleasant experience, I assure you.
P.S. They have tours not only in London but also in Italy, Prague and Amsterdam.