Eating London: An East London Food Tour Experience

One of the highlights of my London trip two weeks ago is the food tour in the East End with Eating London. Although I’ve been staying in England for a couple of months now, I have to admit that I haven’t done any foodie trail that focuses on British cuisine.

Catherine of Seeking Felicity and I had a fun night prior to the tour because of the iTunes Festival gig featuring Jessie J and Lawson. We woke up early the next day and tok the underground train trip to Liverpool New Street. Ah, we’re ready for some food invasion!

East London Tour Map with Eating London!
East London Tour Map with Eating London!

It was my first time in East London. While walking towards the meeting place (Spitalfields Market), I couldn’t stop staring at some of the old and new buildings.

Nicole, our official tour leader welcomed us with a big smile despite the fact that we were a few minutes late (sorry!). I felt at ease right away because she was approachable and her bubbly personality brightens up the morning!

First Stop: St. John Bread and Wine! For early morning wine? Nope. We’re here for the Bacon Sandwiches!

The British Bacon is different from the American style, which I am more familiar with. Bacon sandwiches were strategically placed on the left part of the vicinity and we were all excited to take our first bite!

Bacon Sandwich from St. John Bread and Wine
Bacon Sandwich from St. John Bread and Wine

The Bacon Sandwich of St. John Bread and Wine didn’t disappoint. The ¼ slice is already packed and the special ketchup sauce made it more special.

St. John Bread and Wine - Eating London Food Tour
Me and Cath

I love the simplicity of the place and I would love to go there again soon for lunch or dinner. They’re quite known for accommodating guests who would love to feast on pork. The logo reminds me of my favorite –  lechon 😛

The English Restaurant - come in!
The English Restaurant – come in!

Our next destination is The English Restaurant. It is the oldest building in Spitalfields and is one of the most loved pubs in the area. In fact, a Hollywood actor is a frequent visitor. Clue? HG.

The English Restaurant (Eating London Food Tour)

What I love about The English Restaurant is the ambiance. I automatically imagined myself in one corner sipping coffee while working on blog backlogs (such as this one lol).

Banana Bread Pudding w/ Vanilla Rum Cream
Banana Bread Pudding w/ Vanilla Rum Cream

We’re here for something sweet – Banana Bread Pudding. What’s so special with that? Add the Vanilla Rum Cream and you’ll know #nomnomnom

We did a bit of history trail and I guess it deserves a separate post. Let’s focus on food first, shall we?

Are you in love? Yes? No? Feel cheesy? Eat Cheese! #cheesytagline

Androuet - Eating London Food Tour

The third stop is for the cheese lovers out there! Androuet is a French cheese company with an impressive record. They also have a wide variety of cheese – hundreds to choose from!

Androuet - Eating London Food Tour

Foodies of the day were given the opportunity to taste three types: Waterloo, Cheddar and Stilton. Loved the first one. I can’t help but remember my grandfather who loves cheese. If only I can hoard all the contents of the store and send it to Manila! #cheesyfamilythoughts

A UK Food Tour will never be complete without any Fish and Chips place on it. Get ready for POPPIES!

Poppie's Fish and Chips - Eating London
Poppies owner Pat Newland with the bubbly Nicole of Eating London Tours


POPPIES
is the most colorful Fish and Chips place I’ve seen. I love the 50’s Diner vibe when we entered the place. I also liked the uniform of the female staff… it reminded me of Christina Aguilera’s Back to Basics album 😛 Sorry, just had to express what was going through my head that time.

Poppie's Fish and Chips - Eating London
Poppies and its 50’s diner feel

There’s also a wall with Hollywood celebrity photographs on it. The owner’s passion to make this business work is truly felt by the clients. He also printed custom-made newspapers so that the customers get to experience the traditional way of preparing and eating Fish and Chips.

Poppie's Fish and Chips - Eating London
Fish and Chips!

We tried the Fish and Chips with mushy pees. Not really a fan of the mushy pees, but that didn’t stop me from eating my share. Pass the vinegar, please!

Pride of Spitalfields - Eating London Food Tour
Beer or Cidar?

Drinks, anyone? Let’s go to The Pride of Spitalfields!

Pride of Spitalfields - Eating London Food Tour
‘Want more beer, mate? Purrfect!’ – Lenny the Pubcat

We were welcomed by Lenny, the boss of the pub who is a blogger too! Meow!

Eating London
Lenny the pubcat is a superstar

I can say that it is one of the coziest pubs I’ve been to. We were able to drink a shot of beer and cider. I’m not really a drinker, but I enjoyed drinking and staying there.

Brick Lane is the Curry Capital of East London. Nicole mentioned that the area can be chaotic at night because of business owners convincing possible customers to dine in their restaurant. Some can even offer big discounts. Woot Woot!

ALADIN - Eating London Food Tour
ALADIN @ Brick Lane

Our next stop is ALADIN, which was visited by lots of famous personalities in the past. It’s been in the area for the past 25 years.

ALADIN - Eating London Food Tour

We were given three types of curries to try (arranged according to spice). I love Indian food and I was really looking forward to this part of the tour.

Beigel Bake - Eating London Food Tour

The Beigel Bake is the most memorable discovery for me. The exterior reminds me of an old Filipino paninderia set-up, which was a bit weird for me since I am in London.

Beigel Bake - Eating London Food Tour

Nicole shared some trivias about the place: the owner treats his beigels as his ‘mistress’ as he works there most of the time and the place is in operation 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Hmmm… what’s so special about this simple but jam-packed place?

Beigel Bake - Eating London Food Tour
Will travel to East London for the Beigels! (minus the mustard, please!)

So we were given the beigels and oh my… it is so delicious! The meat melts in my mouth, but the mustard kind of ruined it a bit for me. I realized that mustard is not really for me (whether that is the American or British version lol). Anyway, I’d  still travel to East London just for these beigels!

Pizza East - Eating London Food Tour
Want a cuppa?

Our last stop is Pizza East. Nah, we didn’t feast on pepperoni or Hawaiian pizza. We went there for the Salted Caramel Tart and a cup of tea. What a good way to end the tour!

Pizza East - Eating London Food Tour
Salted Caramel Tart with a cup of tea from Pizza East

I really enjoyed the Eating London East End Food Tour! Nicole did a great job in entertaining and answering our queries. It made my first East London trip special.

Group photo with the Eating London Food Tour participants
Group photo with the Eating London Food Tour participants

Isn’t it nice to gather interesting facts about a place while eating different types of food? The diversity of immigrants residing in this part of London makes it more appealing. Add the quirky street art that you’d see in almost every corner. Food + History + Arts = Epic Tour!

Special thanks to Eating London for the wonderful experience! I highly recommend it! Interested? Visit the Eating London Tours website. Follow them on Twitter and Facebook!

19 Comments

    • Senyorita said:

      Naks. Mahilig ka pala sa pusa haha 😛

      October 10, 2013
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  1. LOVE this. LOOOOVE! So glad you took my advice and went on the tour! I thought it was fab. Brick Lane and The English Restaurant were my fave stops. I’d actually gladly go back on it again! And you’re right, Nicole is lovely and the perfect guide!

    October 10, 2013
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    • Senyorita said:

      Thanks for the extra push, love! Really enjoyed the tour and I’d do it again soon with my mom this time. I made her jealous with the photos hehe 😀 Nicole is the best tour guide ever 😀

      October 10, 2013
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  2. Hogga said:

    that’s my kind of map

    October 10, 2013
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    • Senyorita said:

      I call it the NomNom Map :))

      October 10, 2013
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  3. Edna said:

    I’m going on this tour in December (also thanks to a recommendation from Tom) — your post has me so excited!

    October 10, 2013
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    • Senyorita said:

      You’ll enjoy it, Edna 😀 Remember to skip breakfast 😛

      October 10, 2013
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  4. soloflightEd said:

    wow. and because of this, i ate my vintage apple & cheddar sandwich. hehe. Great post Mica! A quick summary of great food places in East London! I can imagine going to one of the cafes just to work on backlogs as well! hehe

    October 11, 2013
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    • Senyorita said:

      I’m glad this post made you hungry, Ed Hehe 😀 It seems like The English Restaurant is a good ‘workplace’ for bloggers #backlogsoverload

      October 11, 2013
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  5. Shing said:

    I’ve been meaning to go on this tour and reading your post has made me realise what an idiot I am for not already doing it! I especially love Spitafields Market on a Sunday… there’s so much delicious food to choose from but only one stomach to cram everything in to 🙁

    October 11, 2013
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    • Senyorita said:

      It’s not yet late to do a tour with Eating London! 😀 I have plans of going back to East London for the Sunday market. I heard it is special 😀

      October 11, 2013
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  6. Audrey said:

    Looks tasty! I’ve been to London probably about 4-5 times now, but I’ve never really thought of it as a foodie destination. It’s nice to see there’s more than just fish and chips. 😉 And that cat looks so cute – I love an establishment with a furry pet!

    October 16, 2013
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  7. Aw wow, whenever the first picture of a bacon sarnie popped up I could have cried. It’s impossible to get proper bacon in Australia, I miss it soooo much! Best hangover cure EVER… and I needed one this past weekend 🙂

    October 21, 2013
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  8. Monica said:

    I took this tour too and had so much fun! I keep meaning to go back for one of those bacon sarnies. So good!

    October 29, 2013
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  9. Drew said:

    I love bread. And I love the breads in the photos 🙂

    November 7, 2013
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