When it comes to exploring the various culinary delights the UK has to offer, a Food Tour of London Bridge is a great way to discover the best food on offer, as well as enjoy the surrounding London landmarks.
A few weeks ago, we were lucky enough to take part in the guided food tour of London Bridge! It was a fantastic experience where we had fun picking up a wealth of local foodie knowledge, learning about traditional dining customs and testing the latest gastronomic trends that London offers. We feasted on a huge selection of traditional British foods, from Cumberland sausages, battered fish and chips and various cheeses to lovely cakes, desserts and the humble doughnut. Tours are run for small numbers of participants, ensuring everyone receives a friendly and personal experience.
My tour, and I call it my tour as our guide, Raj, really went that extra mile to make the tour feel personal and ensure I had the best experience possible! He made a point to explain each of the foods on offer and the culture and history behind them, making our experience extremely enjoyable and educational. The tour itself lasted for about 3 hours, during which we made a total of eight tasting stops.
The first guided stop of the day was to the vast and diverse Borough Market. During our time here, we learnt about the history of London’s most renowned food market, whilst also devouring our first food of the day – a delicious original recipe, Cumberland sausage.
We then progressed further into Borough Market where we spent around about 20 minutes wandering through the array of food stalls, sampling the different foods on offer and purchasing gifts.
One of the highlights for me during our visit was the chance to indulge in various flavours of English fudge. My personal favourite had to be the peanut butter rocky road made with milk chocolate fudge!
For me, a firm second ‘must try’ on the London Bridge Food Tour is the “fish!Kitchen<”. They produce the best fish and chips in town by using only fresh fish and triple cooking their chips.
After visiting Borough Market, the next part of the tour was spent viewing the impressive Shard. Raj was full of interesting facts about the the tallest building in the European Union, including it’s design faults and how these issues had been resolved. Following this, we were given the chance to visit Southwark Cathedral. Here, we viewed the Cathedral’s stunning architecture and learnt about it’s history. We learnt of Doorkins, a cat who has made the cathedral his home and has become a bit of a celebrity and myth amongst the locals. We were even lucky enough to actually spot him roaming around during our visit!
The tour then continued on to a historic pub situated by London Bridge. Here, we tried the best of British cheeses served with grapes, fig cake, chutney and crackers. To wash down the cheeses, we sampled a real London ale and a cider (non-alcoholic options were available).
We then moved on to Hay’s Galleria where we were given the much anticipated ‘Secret Dish’. So as not to spoil the secret I won’t give much information away here – other than that it was delicious! We were then taken to view the world famous London Bridge and Tower Bridge. Here we could see and appreciate the London city skyline with views of “The Gherkin”, “The Walkie Talkie” and “The Cheese Grater” – all iconic buildings in the London skyline.
For the last part of the London Bridge Food Tour, we enjoyed a quintessentially British dish, a traditional cream tea. This rounded off the whole experience wonderfully!
This is a fantastic sightseeing experience, perfect for any lover of food. It’s a great way to explore the London Bridge area and witness all the famous sights, whilst indulging in a huge variety of delicious treats. Purchase a gift voucher here.