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  1. United Kingdom
  2. South East England
  3. London

London: Historic Food and Drink Walking Tour

Product ID: 203215
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Take a journey through the pubs, restaurants, tea merchants, and exclusive dining halls that have each shaped the way Londoners and visitors alike have eaten and drunk over the centuries.
About this activity
Duration 2 hours
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
English
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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Experience

Highlights
  • Learn about the history of food and drink in London, including visits to two historic venues
  • See London’s oldest restaurant, serving hungry customers since 1798
  • Enjoy a specially crafted drink in the bar of the restaurant which once greeted Prime Ministers and writers including Charles Dickens himself
  • Explore the ‘legal district’ where lawyers have trained and dined for over 600 years
  • Sample expert blends served at the oldest tea merchant in London
Full description
Starting in the famous area of Covent Garden, this tour will soon see you marveling at a restaurant in continuous use for over two centuries. Continue exploring one of the area's most atmospheric, if little-known, alleyways, complete with a drinking venue named after an actress, fruit seller, and royal mistress. From there, move on to enter the historic environment of a business which has been the venue for radical political discussions, chess games, and to this day, traditional English meals of the highest quality. Here, you will have the opportunity to enjoy a unique cocktail.

Continuing the tour, hear about the home of an ill-fated 16th century Duke and a former tube station with a ghostly history. Continue wandering through a historic area which has changed little in the preceding centuries and where Britain's finest legal minds have dined for centuries at a table which required serious ingenuity to deliver.

Finally, enjoy tastings and the opportunity to purchase famous blends at London's oldest tea merchant.  See a pub that once served as a branch of the Bank of England, on the corner of the yard where one of London's most notorious fictional villains, Sweeney Todd, supposedly turned all of the city's inhabitants into enthusiastic cannibals.
Includes
  • 2-hour walking tour
  • A knowledgeable and passionate guide who is also a published author and public speaker
  • Tea samples (availability as determined by the final venue)
What’s Not Included
  • Cocktails or other drinks at the first venue (these must be purchased separately)

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

Covent Garden station, WC2E (corner of Long Acre and James Street). Your guide will be holding a 'Chronicles Tours' sign and standing on the corner outside the exit to the station.

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Important information
What to bring
  • Comfortable shoes
Not allowed
  • Luggage or large bags
Know before you go
• One must be over the age of 18-years old
• All tours are conducted in English
• The tour includes a moderate amount of walking at a leisurely pace, but please wear appropriate clothing
• The tour takes place regardless of the weather, so please dress appropriately
• It is not possible to stop tours for the toilet, food or drink breaks except those which form part of the tour
• Customers remain responsible for the safety of their personal property during the tour