Eating London – a delicious food tour

Eating London - a delicious food tour of East London

Eating London – a delicious food tour of East London

Eating London – a delicious food tour of East London

 

Ah yes, I can really equate to poor Oliver Twist when he sings out on the streets of London starving and dreaming about food, glorious food and those hot sausage and mustard dreams of the young Oliver. While surprisingly, there was no sausage on this food tour of East London’s trendy arcades and foodie haunts, we were able to taste a variety of amazing and delectable yummies in the area.

I must say, I was slightly disappointed mostly for missing the first venue because I forgot to bring the confirmation sheet showing the exact location where everyone was to meet and unfortunately I only remembered the meeting place as Old Spitafield market which was an abandoned train station that has been converted recently to a super trendy market, specialty food and clothing Galleria filled with fun things to explore including delicious food.  What I missed out on was a great start to the tasting extravaganza – literally the best bacon sandwich ever made and sold in East London..(.boo hoo) and everyone from the tour was raving about it and said it was quite delicious. I guess I’ll just have to go back another time to visit the shop and have a real taste.

 

 

Bread pudding at The English Restaurant

Bread pudding at The English Restaurant

Lets start the food tour

Fortunately, I was able to join the tour for the next taste which was at a very traditional English restaurant simply called The English restaurant for traditional bread pudding and a soothing café mocha. Yes the moist and creamy bread pudding was simply divine and I had a really big slice to make up for missing the first stop. It was nice meeting up with an international grouping of tourist and our ever so friendly guide.

 

Period details at The English Restaurant

Period details at The English Restaurant

 

Would you like a slice?

Serving bread pudding and mochas at The English Restaurant

Serving bread pudding and mochas at The English Restaurant

 

 

We continue our walk back to Spitafield’s through the various arcades and über trendy shops and head into the tasty cheese domain of Androuet, London’s famous cheese shop selling locally produced cheese from England along with some specialty cheese from the continent. We sampled a variety of soft, semi-soft to cheddar style cheese and it was a fun tour of tasting the local cheese from the many regions of England.

Christ Church at Spitafields market

Christ Church at Spitafields market

 

Tasty cheese at Androuet

 

Tasting specialty cheeses from Androuet, London

Tasting specialty cheeses from Androuet, London

 

 

After our cheese foray, we took to the streets and visited the older section of East London with its notorious past of derelicts, hookers and infamous characters like the Jack the Ripper.  What is left of these old brick structures and warehouses converted into fancy eateries and condos making real estate in this zone, one of the most expensive in all of London. Fortunately many of the old facades are left intact and being preserved while the interiors are used for different purposes.

 

Old neighborhoods of East London

Old neighborhoods of East London

 

 

 

Revitalized neighborhoods of East London

Revitalized neighborhoods of East London

 

 

 

Trying the best fish and chips in London

 

Fresh fish and chips at Poppies in East London

Fresh fish and chips at Poppies in East London

 

 

 

It’s all a fascinating tour of this rapidly changing district and once again, I’m starting to get hungry and fortunately we head close-by to what is known as the best fish and chip house in all of London at Poppies. Winning many contests and accolades as the best chippy shop in all of London, I was really excited to get my hands on these hot, fried and yes fluffy fish chips served with thick slices of French fries. The place is pretty cool with its vintage 40’s vibe and décor and the food being served old style in newspaper wrap.

 

Aladin curry house on Brick Lane

Aladin curry house on Brick Lane

 

 

 

Well I’m getting full from all the fried goodness so it’s a good thing that we are walking around the  area again and this time we are visiting some of the cooler parts of East London in an area that is also being revitalized called Brick Lane. It’s now a very cool and filled with street art, über shops and galleries and a slew of specialty ethnic cuisine including Indian curry shops. We are now visiting the tasty and spicy (if you like it super hot or not) curries at Aladin, one of noted 10 best curry shops in London. We get to sample three different curries: one vegetarian, one with beef and another with chicken and all done in medium not spicy which for the lot of us was already pretty hot. I skip the rice addition and just go for the different curries but take it easy since, we are just half way through our eating extravaganza.

 

Ethnic eateries and shops at Brick Lane

Ethnic eateries and shops at Brick Lane

 

 

 

 

Cool street art at Brick Lane

Cool street art at Brick Lane

 

 

 

Now I’m getting very close to exploding and fortunately we get to walk around Brick Lane to check out some of the very popular street artists and galleries in the area. Surprisingly, it doesn’t take long to see many food venues along the way and we drop by our next venue which makes some of the best bagels in the entire city. Sammy’s Bagels is an institution and makes their bagels the old fashion way and strict Jewish standards. We get to sample the bagels and their main specialty, pastrami on bagels, and oh my god it is so good and I’m so full now but still stuffing my face – it’s crazy and so am I on this foodie binge.

 

Sammy's bagels on Brick Lane, London

Sammy’s bagels on Brick Lane, London

Fresh bagels and boiled beef, delicious!

Bagels and boiled beef at Sammy's bagels

Bagels and boiled beef at Sammy’s bagels

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Pride of Spitafields, East London

The Pride of Spitafields, East London

Me, pouring some tasty ales

Sampling ales on tap at Pride of Spitafields

Sampling ales on tap at Pride of Spitafields

 

One more short walk through the area and checking out more shops and arcades in the area and we are finally treated to an old fashion local pub in the area called The Pride of Spitafields. This pub is as English as it gets with the cool wooden bar and beer taps, black and white images, weird floral carpets and slightly musty smelling pub smell. We get to sample the local ales and some of the home-made ciders from the pub and it is surprising how few in our group want to go for seconds with all the samples, but I take a few more samples of the hard cider because it is cold and a nice palate cleanser.

 

Street art in the Shoreditch district, London

Street art in the Shoreditch district, London

 

Hard to believe that we are not close to being done, but we head on out through the streets into another close district called the Shoreditch district which was also a working class neighborhood and now filled with tiny million dollar condos and trendy shops and eateries. One of those we visit is a fun pizza joint called Pizza East which is in a converted warehouse turned into an uber modern pizzeria. Fortunately we are not here to carb load but to have our last taste which is my absolute favorite, a salted caramel tart. So sensual, rich and salty, it really caps off the tour with the most seductive end and I’m completely satiated and way past the bursting point.

 

 

Salty caramel tort at Pizza East in Shoreditch

Salty caramel tort at Pizza East in Shoreditch

 

Well nothing left to do but to thank our guide and fellow foodie adventurers and head on our own for a nice nap or easy stroll through the Shoreditch neighborhood. I totally enjoyed the Eating London food tour, you really get your moneys worth and more. Word of advice, reserve this tour early since it books fast, you can check out their website here for availability. I hope you enjoyed this food tour, Eating London – a delicious food tour for Travel Photo Mondays. Please do visit the other bloggers participating today for the link up below.

 

 

Thanks so much for inviting me on this food tour with Eating London, all opinions and thoughts are my own and it really is an amazing food experience that I highly recommend.

 

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13 Responses to Eating London – a delicious food tour

  1. Francesca @onegrloneworld May 19, 2015 at 12:18 am #

    London is a bit like LA, so many different foods from different countries become a part of the local food experience. The Indian food there is amazing! Cheese too ^_^

  2. Lindsay Nieminen May 18, 2015 at 8:21 am #

    we definitely must do this the next time we are in London! Great read! Thanks!

  3. Vicky and Buddy May 18, 2015 at 2:05 am #

    This looks like an amazing tour! I think my favorite part would have been the cheese tasting. 🙂

  4. Jenna May 17, 2015 at 7:09 pm #

    I always love a good food tour, and what a great spot to do one! London has some amazing food–looks like you got some great food! Yum!

  5. Meg Jerrard May 17, 2015 at 4:05 pm #

    I love tours like this which include history and a scenic tour of the area as well – really is a full package experience with the added bonus of awesome food 😀 And bread pudding is my favorite – couldn’t get enough of it on my 12 months abroad in the UK!

  6. Elaine J. Masters May 16, 2015 at 6:35 pm #

    Your pictures and words are so dear to how I’d be traveling if I were in London, food tour and all.

  7. Anna May 16, 2015 at 5:41 pm #

    Ahhh. must visit these places

  8. Mags May 16, 2015 at 5:39 pm #

    Yum! I’ll be in London next month. I’ll have to check some of this food out. Sometimes it can be…er…difficult to find good English food, but this looks amazing!

  9. Claudia May 16, 2015 at 10:57 am #

    I used to shop at Spitalfield market, and even better at Borough Market when I lived in London. Brick lane is one of my favourite parts of town too 🙂

    • Claudia May 16, 2015 at 10:59 am #

      Ah, if you are still there… one of the best fish and chips you can try is in Wivenhoe, Essex – you take the train from Liverpool St. Station 🙂

  10. Carol Colborn May 16, 2015 at 6:54 am #

    My daughter lives in London…she has to take me there. This October!

  11. Johanna Bradley March 30, 2015 at 8:53 pm #

    An army marches on its stomache, Noel? 🙂 I ‘m on the towpaths this week. Happy travels!

  12. Cindy March 30, 2015 at 3:27 pm #

    Wait – you had a chance to try a bacon sandwich and you missed it?! That’s simply tragic! Looks like you had a good time though and also got to see an interesting part of the city.

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