First Look: London’s Twilight Soho Food Tour

Tour London’s buzziest neighborhood on a six-course food and drink odyssey

The food tour is a great way to experience the neighborhood.

You can’t take London in a day, let alone the dynamic, dining-rich neighborhood of Soho, arguably the heartbeat of the city center.  If you’ve four hours in the evening to spare, Twilight Soho Food Tour is perhaps the only legit choice to get a taste (literally) of this essential London ‘hood.

The Twilight Soho Food Tour is one of two in London (the other a food tour of the East End) and part of the Eating Europe empire, which hosts additional tours in Amsterdam, Prague and Rome.

The Soho food tour’s essentially a six–course “moving dinner” around the neighborhood with cocktails, wine and sweet treats to boot…so guests should certainly come hungry.  As a true mirror to Soho’s widely eclectic culinary scene, expect dim-sum in a mock opium den in Chinatown, a mini-masterclass on British gin and tonic paired with a gin-soaked beef pie, and jamon tastings with wine at an authentic Spanish deli, all included in the generous £75 price.

Highly competent guides not only lead tastings but point to several fascinating, hardly-known landmarks in the area.  Londoners could too benefit from learning about Soho’s hidden treasures on the tour- how many locals know about the seven “nose” installations stealthily tacked onto buildings around the neighborhood, or humorous signposts that nod to Soho’s notorious past as a brothel playland?

If you’re a traveler wanting a primer on one of the city’s most exciting neighborhoods, you can safely place your bet on this gourmet and cultural tour.