In December of last year, I got the opportunity to take an East End London food tour with Eating Europe. Food tours are always my absolute favourite thing to do when visiting a city, as you can really find out a lot about a place through food.
East London is my favourite part of the city. Its so culturally diverse which means you get an abundance of different food, style and people. It didn’t always be the trendiest part of London though. East London was considered the worst and roughest part. It wasn’t even featured on the map of London at one point in history! Nowadays though you will find the most unique and trendiest markets here along with an abundance of diverse and delicious food!
My tour of East London started by meeting in the Old Spitalfields Market where I met my guide for the day. Here are all the delicious food we tasted along the way…
A bacon sandwich at St John Bread and Wine
After our introductions, we started the tour in full force by trying an English favourite – The bacon sarnie. What I loved about this restaurant is every part of the sandwich is made by them (except the bacon). They bake their own bread and even make their own tomato sauce that goes in the sandwich! Absolutely delicious.
Bread and butter pudding at the English Restaurant
Next was something sweet and another English classic, bread and butter pudding. The perfect way to start the day in my eyes! This classic English pub was built in the 17th century so this place was a great introduction to the character that goes into a pub.
English cheese at The House of Androuet
What many people don’t realise is that England has some amazing cheeses. We tried the classic Cheddar and my personal favourite, Blue Stilton. This busy little establishment sells the very best cheeses.
Fish and chips (+mushy peas!) at Poppies
Poppies is a famous restaurant in East London which sells THE very best fish and chips. They have won multiple awards for the English classic. They even wrap their fish and chips in newspaper, but not to worry! They even created their own newspaper that uses edible ink, so you don’t have to worry about ink poisoning. The restaurant recreates a classic seaside fish and chip shop with its décor, decoration and even work uniforms!
Beer and cider at Pride of Spitalfields
Next was a quick stop at the Pride of Spitalfields for a refreshment. We tried a classic English ale and an English cider soon after. This pub is no thrills and another great insight into a classic English pub. You will find yourself drinking with the locals at this place!
Curry at Aladin
Brick Lane is famous for its curry houses, the streets are lined with them! In the late 20th century Bangladeshis moved into East London and made Brick lane what its famous for today, its abundance of good curry’s! We tried 3 different curries at Aladin’s, they were all very delicious and the service was great. Aladin has even been praised by Prince Charles!
Salt beef bagel at Beigel Bake
This was my personal favourite, salted beef bagel with English mustard and a gherkin! This Jewish Bakery even runs 24/7, which is quite impressive as it’s ALWAYS busy! The beef just melts in your mouth and with the fresh bagel, it’s a match made in heaven.
Salted caramel tart at Pizza East
We finished the tour at Pizza East where we had a salted caramel tart. This was a fantastic way to end the tour. The tart just melted in my mouth, it’s the perfect option for someone with a sweet tooth. I have to say the tart was probably my second favourite food of the tour.
Learning the history along the way
What I really loved about this tour was not only the food of course, but how the guide also told us about the history of the place. We stopped along the way to some historic parts of East London, so it was like a historic tour and a food tour all wrapped into one.
I thoroughly enjoyed my time on the tour and was happy that I got to check out some places I had never even heard of before, yet they are so famous in the local area!
If you are looking for something unique to do in London, then make sure you check out Eating Europe’s East End food tour today!
*Although my tour was sponsored, all opinions are always my own. I would never recommend something I don’t absolutely love and recommend personally to you guys!
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