Best 14 food tours in London

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Two women are seated at a table with a set of cakes while lookin at the city views through the bus window.
Admire the most famous sights of London, from Big Ben to the Tower of London while tucking into an afternoon tea aboard the afternoon tea bus tour. © photos.london

You could take a self-guided food tour of London but it’s likely that without the inside scoop you’ll be missing out on some of the local and international cuisine the city has to offer.

With an expert foodie by your side, showing you everything from a local’s favourite place to grab authentic street food to hole-in-the-wall eateries that serve classic British dishes, you’ll be sure to get your fill.

Try flavoursome Asian cuisine on an Indian food tour of London’s Brick Lane, scout the best of British food and drink in London at the iconic Borough Market or combine a spot of sightseeing with classic sweet and savoury treats on an afternoon tea tour.

Don’t miss out on some of the capital’s top ‘nosh’ with this list of the best food tours in London. 

Afternoon tea bus with panoramic tour of London

Spot famous sights of London while tucking into an afternoon tea. © visitlondon.com/Michael Barrow.

Hop aboard a classic double-decker bus for an afternoon tea and panoramic tour of London. As you enjoy sweet and savoury delights, including sandwiches, pastries and scones, you can spot London's most iconic landmarks from the comfort of your seat.

 

When: Daily at select times between 11.30am and 6pm
Duration: approx. one hour and 30 minutes (depending on traffic)

Prices from £45.00 Book now

Borough Market Food Tour

Sample delicious food at Borough Market. Image courtesy of Red Letter Days.

Navigate the bustling Borough Market soaking up the buzzing atmosphere as your guide introduces you to the best of British cuisine. Sample a tasty bacon and egg bap breakfast, world-famous fish and chips, a traditional sausage roll and a cool pint in a classic British pub.

 

When: Tuesday-Sunday at 10.30am and 11am
Duration: three and half hours

Prices from £79.00 Book now

Brick Lane Indian Food Tour

A delicious Indian Dhokra from the Brick Lane Indian Food Tour. Image courtesy of Golden Tours.

London’s vibrant Brick Lane has long been known for its quality international cuisine, boasting some of the best Indian restaurants and cafes in the capital. On this tour you’ll get to try a combination of delicious curries, authentic savoury snacks and delights from a traditional Indian sweet shop.

 

Where: daily at 7pm
Duration: three hours

Prices from £79.00 Book now

Bustronome Voyage Gourmand Tour

Pair sightseeing and delicious food on a Bustronome tour. Image courtesy of Bustronome. Photo credit: Bobbymakepeace.

Take fine dining to the next level aboard a luxury glass-roofed sightseeing tour bus. Enjoy a hearty four-course gourmet lunch, passing by the city’s most iconic attractions. Or opt to see the city’s landmarks sparkling at night on a six-course gourmet dinner tour.

 

When: Monday-Thursday at 12.15pm and 7.15pm
Duration: Lunch tours are two hours and dinner tours are three hours

Prices from £70.00 Book now

Wee Toast Tours

Group bike tour in London with Wee Toast Tours. Image courtesy of: Wee Toast Tours

Get the gang together to discover London by bike, drinking and pedaling your way around the city’s most famous landmarks. Hop off to snap photos in front of iconic sites before getting back on the tandem for your next tipple, poured by your personal guide and barista.

 

When: daily at select times between 10am and 8pm
Duration: approximately one hour

Prices from £30.00 Book now

Lunch cruise on the Thames with City Cruises

Treat yourself to a lunch cruise on the Thames. Image courtesy of City Cruises / Christopher Ison.

Make your way through the heart of London while enjoying a delicious two-course meal as you cruise along the Thames on this memorable boat tour. Savour dishes such as roasted chicken and baked mushrooms with stuffed artichoke as you take in the London skyline from the water.

 

When: daily at 11.45am
Duration: approximately two hours

Prices from £47.00 Book now

East End Food Tour

Enjoy flavoursome curries on an East End Food Tour. Image courtesy of Golden Tours.

Try everything from a classic bacon sandwich to fragrant Indian curries on this foodie walking tour of East London's cosmopolitan culinary scene with an expert gastronome guide. Go on a journey through the area's iconic streets, learning all about its fascinating history and culture as you sample delicious and diverse cuisine.

 

When: daily at varying starting times between 10.30am and 2pm - please check the timings on your desired date
Duration: approximately four hours

Camden Town Brewery Tasting and Tour *

A flight of beers from Camden Town Brewery. Image courtesy of Golden Tours.

Discover how some of London’s most beloved local beers are made with a tasting and tour of Camden Town Brewery. After a welcome half-pint you’ll be shown around the brewery learning about its fascinating history before sampling a flight of five tasters from the exclusive range.

 

When: Sunday-Friday at select times between 12.30pm and 8pm
Duration: approximately one and half hours

Prices from £25.00 Book now *

Shoreditch Food Tour for Two *

Savour the best bagel on Brick Lane. Image courtesy of Red Letter Days.

Shoreditch is home to an abundance of tasty street food with stalls, restaurants and cafes on every corner of this vibrant neighbourhood. With your foodie expert in tow, you’ll encounter everything from Ghanaian cocoa treats to the best bagel on Brick Lane. All washed down with a classic Truman’s ale, beer or cider.

 

When: Friday-Sunday at 11am
Duration: approximately three and a half hours

 

Wine Tasting Bus Experience with London Tour

Sample delicious wines on a Wine Tasting Bus Tour in London. Image courtesy of Golden Tours/Shutterstock

A fan of wine and seeing the London skyline lit up at night? This 90-minute panoramic tour on a double-decker bus, paired with an exciting wine tasting experience will be the perfect way to see the city. As you sit back and enjoy the incredible views of London's landmarks you'll try a selection of six wines, learning all about the regions and grape varieties from the expert sommelier onboard.

 

Cost: £49 per person (ages 18 and above only)

Duration: approx. one hour and 30 minutes

London Chocolate Tour for Two *

Sample tasty chocolate truffles on a chocolate food tour of London. Image courtesy of Red Letter Days.

Consider yourself a bit of a chocaholic? Don’t miss out on this expert-led tour that will take you to the city’s most favoured chocolate suppliers, including the spot where the royal family gets their personal chocolate supply. You will also, of course, get to satisfy your sweet tooth as you enjoy six delicious samples of chocolates and truffles.

 

When: Saturdays
Duration: three hours

Bridgit’s Bakery Afternoon Tea Bus Tour

Tuck into marmalade sweet treats on a Paddington Bear Afternoon Tea Bus Tour. © Brigit's Bakery

Hop aboard a vintage Routemaster double-decker bus and enjoy a spot of sightseeing, ticking off top London landmarks from the comfort of your seat as you tuck into sweet and savoury treats including finger sandwiches, pastries and warm scones with clotted cream and jam.

 

Book one of the themed tours for an extra special experience, exploring with fun characters such as Paddington Bear and Peppa Pig or enjoying refreshing cocktails on a Slingsby Gin Afternoon Tea.

 

When: daily – check the schedule for availability of different tours.
Duration: approximately two hours depending on traffic and tour type.

Jensen's Gin Distillery Tour for Two and Gin Tasting *

Try the famous gin tipple at Jensen's Distillery. Image courtesy of Jensen's Gin. Photo Credit: Pete Muller.

Celebrate one of Britain’s most beloved tipples with a trip to Bermondsey Distillery, home to Jensen’s Gin, for a distillery and tasting experience. Learn all about the gin-making process and the drink’s turbulent history in London before sampling the distillery’s Bermondsey Dry and Old Tom gins.

 

When: Thursday and Friday evenings and Saturday afternoons - by appointment only.
Duration: approximately two hours

London Bridge Food Tour with Cocktail and Port for Two *

Scout the area's best bites on a London Bridge Food Tour. Image courtesy of Red Letter Days.

It might come as a surprise to some that British cuisine is wonderfully diverse thanks to the vast range of culinary delights from each region. On this tour you’ll encounter some favourites right here in London including award-winning fish and chips, a range of fine cheeses and a rather indulgent port. With insights into London’s fascinating history and eclectic food culture thrown into the mix.

 

When: Monday-Saturday
Duration: three and half hours

Three Hour London Food Tour for Two with Walk Eat Talk Eat *

Try London's famous fish and chips on a Walk Eat Talk Eat Food Tour. Image courtesy of Red Letter Days.

It’s time to indulge in an ultimate foodie tour of the capital, heading off the beaten path and to some of the city’s top local eateries with Walk Eat Talk Eat. Choose from three different food tours, Portobello Tales, Hidden Gems and Locals Love. Each offering a unique opportunity to sample some of London’s best cuisine with a foodie expert.

 

When: Portobello Tales – Fridays at 11am, Hidden Gems – Saturdays at 11am and Locals Love – Sundays at 12pm.
Duration: approximately three hours

London Pub and Walking Tour *

Sample top ale and beer on a London Pub Walking Tour. Image courtesy of Red Letter Days.

It's no secret that Brits love a trip to their local. On this tour you'll uncover some of the capital's most historic and quirky pubs in the capital while learning all about London's vibrant pub culture. On this ultimate pub crawl you'll visit establishments frequented by the likes of Shakespeare and Charles Dickens as you sample some fantastic beers and ales.

 

When: daily at 2pm
Duration: approximately three and half hours

Prices from £79.00 Book now *

Enjoy even more food and drink in London by heading to one of the city's best brunches, whether that’s bottomless or at a ball pit, or test out your culinary skills at a masterclass.

For fun dining experiences, discover London's most quirky restaurants and book in at one of London’s top themed afternoon teas