London Walking Tours

There’s no better way to get to London than exploring London on foot. A few years ago, there weren’t many London walking tours to choose from aside from the classic ones like the Jack The Ripper Tour or the London Ghost Tour.

Today you can find many more options for London walking tours that help visitors really get a feel for what London has to offer. Depending on what your interests are, there are a lot of options to choose from.

Unlike the big bus tours where you only see the highlights from a distance, walking around with a guide, can often mean discovering hidden places that most people just pass by because they are too busy running from one end of the city to the other.

Many Londoners are also starting to go on walking tours because they are aware of how little they know of this great city, and are keen to discover more!

One particularly interesting way to get to know London, is through Food Tours. London food tours are a new concept that has been breaking out in cities all over the world. They combine culture, history, tastings, and exploring new territory on foot, with a local expert. Unlike other London walking tours, where you simply walk from place to place, Food Tours allow you to go into shops, get to know new places and experience tastes that you may have never tried before.

 

Although you can find a wide variety of food tours in classic “foodie” cities like Rome, New York and Chicago, London is very new to the concept of Food Tours. Many people still don’t know what an incredible culinary offering that London has to offer! Walking around and exploring new restaurants and international cuisines might be one of the best new concepts that exist! London Food Lovers offers a very unique walking tour called the Soho International Food Tour. It is a 4 hour exploration on foot, where people can try a variety of international cuisines, while they learn about new places, the history of how those foods arrived to London, and taste new flavours! Exploring London on foot never tasted so good!

A day in the Life of a London Food Guide

What does it mean to be a London Food Guide? It’s definitely not the most common term. The idea of “Food Tourism” is still relatively new in London, unlike traditionally famous “foodie” cities such as Rome, Paris or Barcelona. Despite its outdated reputation for boring food, London has gone above and beyond to become one of the world’s leaders in culinary innovation and limitless selections of unique cuisines. Even most of the locals have a hard time keeping up with all of the new restaurants, markets, pop-ups and food stands that are opening at an ever-increasing speed. Food seems to be one of London’s biggest past-times, and if you don’t have the time or energy to research what’s out there, having a Food Guide in London, might be one of the best choices you could make!

The “art” of knowing where to go and what to eat is not something that one can easily master. It takes a lot of active involvement and constant research (i.e. EATING) to find London’s best-kept secrets. As a London Food Guide, I can say with confidence that it isn’t just about knowing which places are the most popular or the most famous. Not to say that it isn’t helpful to check out Food Blogs and interesting articles put together by other foodies, but the best research I’ve done has been with my mouth.  Some of the best food I’ve eaten in London I found by exploring and trying it out.  Not everyone has the time or luxury to eat their way around London, so Food Guides can be a real asset for those wanting to know more about what London has to offer.

There aren’t as many certified “Food Guides” in London as you would find in Italy, France or Spain, however as London’s food popularity grows, so will the number of culinary experts. I moved here from Rome, where there is a highly saturated number of “Food Guides”. When I do London food tours with people, one of their number one questions they as me is WHY I moved from Rome to London to do Food Tours. My answer is easy – the food scene in London is about to hit its peak and it is still very un-discovered territory. For a Food Guide, it’s amazing to be one of the first people to design and create interesting tours that teach people more about the foods they are tasting, the cultures behind those foods, and how they’ve influenced what we currently define “British Food”.

One of the most amazing things I’ve found in London is the prime interest in cooking, foods, and an openness to trying unique tastes that you would have never imagined putting together. From Heston Blumenthal to Jaime Oliver to Gordan Ramsey, English chefs are taking the culinary world by storm – if that isn’t proof of where the UK’s food culture is headed, I don’t know what is!  As a London Food Guide, it’s exciting to see how this has reflected in a growing interest in London’s food scene and I’m excited to show what we have to offer. Get ready world, London is on its way to becoming one of the most famous foodie cities in the world!