A Funzing day out on a London Bridge food tour
Over the last few years foodie tours have become a popular way to explore new tastes without breaking the budget. They are also a great way to discover a little history and meet like-minded people. The tricky part is finding one which suits your taste buds, sense of adventure and wallet. One place where you could find what you are looking for is a website called Funzing. Funzing is a platform offering a variety of different experiences hosted by people who know their stuff. Not only are there various Funzing food tours to choose from, there are workshops on learning anything from street art to making your own sandals or for the more adventurous, who fancies cheese rolling down Parliament Hill?
Last week I went along on one of the Funzing food tours, naturally, to see what it was like. The one I chose was the 3 hour foodie extravaganza around London Bridge hosted by Secret Food Tours. Our group met outside London Bridge Station at 11.00am where we introduced ourselves and met our guide for the tour, Raj. We were kindly supplied with bottled water which was just as well because it was hot, hot, hot! Our first stop was Borough Market and a sausage bap filled with onions and good ol’ English mustard. Yes, you get food too! Throughout the tour you are offered various foods and drink to try from pre-selected suppliers. Borough Market is a mecca for foodies and chefs alike. With its variety of stalls and food vendors there is something for everyone. The market was bustling and we were given time to look around before meeting back at our designated area but you could easily spend hours looking and tasting. Many restaurants in London also source their ingredients from here. With much of the goods locally produced it doesn’t get much fresher.
After perusing the stalls we then went to a fish’n’chip shop on the outskirts of the market were we were treated to the freshest fish I’ve had in a while. Thick cut and cooked in a crunchy beer batter it was delicious.
This particular tour isn’t just about Borough Market though. We were then taken past Sir Francis Drake’s Cutty Sark, the Southwark Cathedral, where we got to have a look inside and back around to London Bridge, trying a PieMinster Kate and Sidney (that’s steak and kidney to you and me) pie along the way. Raj was very knowledgeable about what was around us and gave us little history lesson at each landmark. I think this is a very important aspect of the tour because as a tourist you aren’t always aware of what is around you.
At London Bridge we went into The Mug House, a very olde world pub that is a lot bigger than you think. Here we tried a couple of ciders and a cheeseboard to share. It was great to sit around chatting with my new friends about what we thought of the different aspects of English cuisine we had tasted. PS: I love Stinking Bishop cheese!
Onto our last stop and we walked past one of my favourite sights –
Even on a cloudy day it looks beautiful!
Our final destination was The Horniman at Hays where we were given a quintessentially English treat. Tea and dessert. On this day we were offered the Crème Cambridge and caramel profiteroles with vanilla ice-cream. Both equally delicious and I don’t have a sweet tooth!
Whilst tucking into these desserts on the terrace we were afforded a fantastic view over the Thames taking in all its famous sights. I asked my fellow foodies what they thought of the tour and the consensus was that it was fantastic. They had learnt a lot, eaten a lot, tried things they had never tasted before and agreed that Raj was a most affable guide!
The idea behind the Funzing website is great. It is easy to navigate, offers something for everyone and the contact staff are very helpful. Oh, and there’s one more thing I should mention. If you have something you are passionate about and would like to host your own tour or offer a one-off class teaching others about something you love, you can do that too, just get in touch with Funzing and they will tell you how you can be listed on their site. Thanks for the experience Funzing and Raj, I had a great time, next on my list is the Brick Lane curry tour!