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The 12 Best Food Tours in London – Ranked! (2023)

British cuisine may not be for everyone, but gone are the days when that’s all you can find in London. Today, London’s a global metropolis with citizens from literally everywhere on Earth – yes, there are even penguins from Antarctica at the zoo!

But we’re not here to talk about cute critters; this post is for you foodies out there. Food tours are a great way to explore a bunch of different cuisines, flavors, and styles in a quick, affordable way, so it should be no surprise that London – which has something for everyone – has some incredible food tours.

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With each tour serving up a unique medley of taste experiences, from East End bagels to street food in Borough Market, your taste buds are in for a treat that’s more mouthwatering than a Sunday roast (though there are lots of great roasts in London too!). Grab your fork and let’s dig in: here are the best food tours in London, ranked using our proprietary algorithm here on LOMM.

The Best Food Tours in London, Ranked!

There are a lot of lists of London food tours out there, and most of them have some sort of black box way of deciding what to include and in what order. I prefer to be transparent in how I rank the things I recommend on this site, so below you’ll find a table with scores for each tour; here’s how I came up with those numbers:

  • I ranked all of the tours by price, rating, and number of reviews on GetYourGuide, the platform I love to book guided tours
  • I then combined those scores with the proportion of reviews each tour received to come up with a score (out of 5) for each tour
  • I ranked the tours by score, and broke ties by price (at the time of reviewing the data)

Also, I included only tours with a rating of 4.5 or higher, to ensure I was only including those tours which are truly good.

Given all that, here are the top food tours in London that run the gamut of food experiences you can have in this great city.

TourPrice from*Score
1Historical Pub Walking Tour$315.00
2Cheese Walking Tour with Tastings$434.54
33-Hour Secret Indian Food Tour$1054.40
4East End Food Tour$1224.36
53-Hour Secret British Food Tour$1044.33
66-Course Luxury Dinner Bus Tour$1484.30
7See 30+ Top Sights and Eat 8 British Foods Tour$1704.03
83 Hour VIP Chocolate Tour$604.02
9Downtown Doughnut Guided Walking Tour With Tastings$654.01
10Great British Food Tour: South Bank and Borough Market$1104.01
113.5-Hour Shoreditch Street Food Tour$924.00
12Eat Like a Londoner: The Internationalist Food Experience$2334.00

*As of publishing in July 2023

Ready to dive in and learn more about each of these tours and what makes them delicious – literally? Let’s do it!

1. London Historical Pub Walking Tour

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Say cheers and explore some of the city’s most historic pubs on the London historical pub walking tour. You’ll walk in the footsteps and visit the favorite taverns of some of the city’s most famous residents, including Charles Dickens and even William Shakespeare.

This afternoon stroll from Southwark to the West End promises fine brews, hidden backstreets, and a taste of London’s captivating past. With stunning city views, intriguing historical anecdotes, and the perfect pint – this tour offers an authentic experience of London’s best pubs. You can also treat yourself to classic pub grub, like bangers and mash or fish and chips.

2. 3-Hour Secret British Food Tour

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On this 3-hour secret British food tour, you’ll explore different foodie destinations while learning about the history of traditional English cuisine.

You’ll dive into the iconic Borough Market, one of the best markets in London, and sample dishes from various vendors. From English fudges and award-winning Cumberland sausages to the finest fish and chips in town — your taste buds are in for a treat.

The tour concludes at a historic pub where you’ll try the best British cheeses, served with delicious sides, including fig cakes, chutneys, and grapes.

3. Cheese Walking Tour With Tastings

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One of the more unique London food tours is this cheese walking tour. On this delectable tour, you’ll be treated to a selection of London’s finest cheeses, from creamy Stilton to the tantalizing “drunken cheese” all the way from Italy.

The tour makes a stop at the cheesemonger, where Winston Churchill purchased his creamy blocks of joy. You’ll also have the chance to explore the legendary cheese counter at Fortnum & Mason, a mecca of delicious treats that’s been delighting taste buds since 1707.

From there, you’ll venture into Little Italy, a hidden gem, for a wine and cheese pairing before wrapping up the matured extravaganza in Covent Garden.

4. 3-Hour Secret Indian Food Tour

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If you’re in the mood for an exotic afternoon filled with South Asia’s rich flavors and aromas, this 3-hour secret Indian food tour is a great option.

You’ll embark on a journey to hidden culinary gems surrounding the iconic Brick Lane, one of the most famous streets in London. First, you’ll enjoy a variety of mouthwatering curries. Each is served with fluffy naan bread and paired with cold Indian beers, a soft drink, or a glass of wine.

The next stop is an authentic Indian savory shop to sample some scrumptious pakoras and spongy dhoklas. You’ll also satisfy your sweet tooth (if you have one) at a traditional Indian sweet shop.

5. East End Food Tour

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On the East End food tour, you’ll uncover culinary delights and immerse yourself in the rich history and culture of the area. Led by a local guide, this tour will take you to markets, pubs, and restaurants, where you’ll savor up to 10 unique mouthwatering foods.

The first stop is a curry restaurant where you’ll dive into authentic and aromatic flavors. Next, you’ll sample the famous salted Beigel Bake from a renowned Jewish bakery. You won’t miss out on British classics, either, with a stop at the famous Poppies Fish & Chips.

Let’s not forget about dessert. The tour ends at Borough Market, where you can indulge in delicious sweet treats while strolling through the stalls.

6. 6-Course Luxury Dinner Bus Tour

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If you’re looking for something different from traditional London food tours, this 6-course luxury dinner bus tour is a great option. It takes you on a culinary adventure while cruising past the city’s iconic landmarks.

You’ll step aboard an opulent glass-roofed coach with panoramic windows. As you relax, you’ll be served a mouthwatering 6-course meal prepared fresh on-board. The dishes are a delicious combination of French and British cuisine.

While enjoying your meal, you’ll learn fascinating tidbits about London’s iconic landmarks as they glide by. From Westminster Abbey to Trafalgar Square, you’ll see the capital’s highlights in style.

7. See 30+ Top Sights and Eat 8 British Foods Tour

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Of all the food tours in London, this London sights and tasting tour is the most comprehensive combination of food and sightseeing.

From the Tower of London to Buckingham Palace, the guide will lead you through the city’s rich history. Along the way, you’ll satisfy your appetite with traditional delights like fish and chips, scotch eggs, and English beer.

With over 30 of London’s top landmarks to see and a knowledgeable guide, the experience is fun and engaging, making this tour a perfect blend of culture and gastronomy.

8. 3-Hour VIP Chocolate Tour

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If you are a chocoholic, this 3-hour VIP chocolate tour through the glittery paradise of London’s Mayfair district is undoubtedly the one for you. You’ll sample a wide variety of sweet treats, from an exquisite array of truffles and ganaches to cocktails with popping candy.

This tour will unveil lesser-known shops in Mayfair while delighting in the finest chocolates fit for royalty. In fact, two of the stops on the tour are suppliers to the Queen and the Royal family.

The sweetest part is you’ll enjoy a tempting 10% discount on any additional chocolates you want to purchase.

9. Downtown Doughnut Guided Walking Tour With Tastings

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Get ready for a delicious sugar rush on the Downtown doughnut guided walking tour, one of the sweetest food tours in London.

Starting near Borough Tube station, you’ll dive into the irresistible world of doughnuts at St. JOHN Bakery. Then, you’ll stroll through Borough High Street, discovering hidden jewels and listening to captivating stories about the city’s history.

Next, you’ll venture into the heart of Borough Market, where you’ll savor freshly made doughnuts at the market’s very own pastry school. The final stop is at Crosstown Doughnuts, where you’ll indulge in artisanal treats while enjoying breathtaking Tower Bridge views.

10. Great British Food Tour: South Bank & Borough Market

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The Great British food tour is an irresistible adventure along the South Bank and Borough Market, where history, sightseeing, and mouthwatering delicacies come together to create an unforgettable experience.

As you stroll along the famous South Bank, you’ll be captivated by the breathtaking landmarks that line the River Thames. From Shakespeare’s Globe to The Anchor Pub, each stop is steeped in history, and the local guide will tell you all about it.

Prepare to indulge in British classics like flaky pies, fish and chips, and freshly baked scones. Raise a glass and sample unique ales and beers because what’s a Great British food tour without a refreshing pint?

11. 3.5-Hour Shoreditch Street Food Tour

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The 3.5-hour Shoreditch Street food tour takes you off the beaten path, away from the busy tourist traps, and into the heart of Shoreditch.

Your entertaining guide will unveil the secrets of the East End. From the ancient Roman burial grounds to the history of the French silk trade, you’ll be captivated by the tales that bring this area to life.

The melting pot of cultures in this neighborhood is reflected in the tantalizing dishes that await you. Prepare for a culinary adventure with eight stops showcasing the diversity of British, Ghanaian, Jewish, and Indian food.

12. Eat Like a Londoner: The Internationalist Food Experience

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Get your taste buds ready for an epic food adventure in the vibrant streets of Soho and Covent Garden on the eat like a Londoner tour. From Italian delis to Mediterranean shops, you’ll sample a wide range of international flavors right in the heart of London.

The first stop is a charming bakery where the aroma of freshly brewed coffee and croissants fills the air. From there, you’ll savor Spanish tapas, Chinese dim-sum, and Italian gelato.

To round off this delicious experience, you’ll head to an Irish pub for a pint of Guinness or an Irish coffee. It’s the perfect way to relax and raise a glass to the end of a remarkable tour.

Have any questions about these top London food tours? Let me know in the comments below!

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Valerie fell in love with London on her first trip to the city way back in 2011. Since then, she spent a year living in London and visits as often as she can. Join her to explore my favorite city on earth and learn everything you need to discover the best London has to offer!

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