The mention of British food tends to be greeted with snorts of derision. British goes with food like socks with sandals - i.e. not at all!
However, from the ashes of World War II rationing, a new culinary sensibility has arisen in Britain, especially London. Attitudes have changed and continue to change - food is no longer seen as simply a fuel it is now savoured - discerning foodies seek out the best of ‘British’ ingredients with an unlikely fervour.
London is at the crossroads of this culinary revolution. As the Empire’s staging post London was the first port of call for the people and goods that streamed into this island from all across the world. It’s here that the first coffee, chocolate and tea were brought; Port from Porto, Sherry from Jerez, fragrant cardamom from India, Mozzarella and Prosciutto from Italy. London is the archetypal melting pot. Ingredients arrive here from the four corners of the earth and are blended, mashed and spliced together by chefs from as many different places again. If British food is an attitude then here is where its consciousness is formed.
Food Not Included
There are so many culinary delights to choose from as we drive around London that we thought it best to let you choose what you'd like to eat! So do bring a little bit of pocket money to taste the delights of London with!
Private Chauffeur Driven Tour
Chauffeur driven tours are a luxurious but affordable solution to sightseeing in style. We take you away from the crowded streets and buses on an intimate tour in a private vehicle, guided by your professional chauffeur, who gives you personal attention and courtesy throughout the experience, including hotel pick up/drop off and numerous photo opportunities, and of course a chance to savour each location at a more leisurely and intimate pace. Make no mistake, there is no better way to travel!
• Monmouth Coffee Coffee was introduced to England in 1650, by 1675 there were 3,000 coffee houses, mostly in London, and this is one of the best
• Neal’s Yard Dairy The best of British cheese under one roof
• The Tea House No British food tour would be complete without a cup of tea!
• Covent Garden Market Once London’s dirty, noisy but essentially healthy beating heart, a boutique food market is held here every Thursday
• Ella’s Bakehouse Ella's cupcakes are famous - they’re made entirely from British ingredients and finished with a coating of vanilla syrup - the cupcake equivalent of crack cocaine
• The Lamb & Flag The public house is the heart of England, at least according to Samuel Pepys,and this gorgeous pub is the oldest in Covent Garden, having occupied this site since 1623
• Chinatown The colourful blend of Chinese restaurants, bakeries, and businesses makes this vibrant area worth a visit
• Kowloon A typical Hong Kong style Chinese bakery, always busy and cheerfully inexpensive. Specialties include the BBQ pork buns and the red bean moon cakes.
• Leong’s Legends This little Taiwanese restaurant boasts some of London's best Dim Sum, steamed or fried parcels of meat and vegetables
• Patisserie Valerie Madame Valerie's first London establishment
• Bar Italia A family-owned Italian café first opened in 1949, and the best Italian coffee and pastries in town
• Camisa & Sons One of the best places in London to stock up on fresh and authentic Italian ingredients
• Hummingbird Bakery Doted on by celebrities like Gwyneth Paltrow and Natalie Imbruglia, particularly well-known for their Red Velvet cupcake
• Fish & Chips Not British food tour would be complete without the classic English fish and chips!
• Fortnum & Masons Royal Warrant holder so intrinsically linked to the history of British food they claim to have invented the classically British ‘Scotch Egg’ in 1738: a poached egg wrapped in sausage meat and breadcrumbs and then deep-fried (sounds disgusting, tastes delicious)
• Borough Market London’s top foodie destination: the biggest selection of cult ingredients and products in one place.
• Brick Lane No tour of British food would be complete without an acknowledgement of the huge influence South Asian cuisine has had on British cuisine; so huge that Chicken Tikka Masala has been called the national dish!
• These are just a fraction of the many sights you will see on this delicious private chauffeur driven tour!
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