From Violet Creams to Montgomery Cheddar
From there, you will visit the nearby Paxton & Whitfield’s cheese shop, the oldest in London. Here you’ll delight your palates with local cheeses specifically selected for you. At the same time one of Paxton and Whitfield’s trained cheese mongers explains the history of British cheese and the variety of regional cheeses. Next you proceed to a historic chocolate shop which is in fact the inspiration for Roald Dahl’s Chocolate Factory. Or you can discover the new generation of chocolatiers, and their alchemic inventions.
You will then weave up to Soho and the lovely, family-run Lina Stores deli with beautifully displayed cured meats, cheeses, and fresh pastas on Brewer Street. Thereafter you head on to Old Compton Street and pass by the overwhelming Gerry’s Alcohol Emporium, piled high with rare and exotic spirits. In addition the aromatic Algerian Coffee Store, with an astounding variety of coffees and teas is also a highlight.
Gastronomic London: A Scene for International Cuisine
In the 20th century, Soho was populated by newly settled immigrants and inexpensive ethnic restaurants. These catered to a diverse Bohemian population, made up of artists and musicians, as well as, notorious gangsters, prostitutes, etc. While Soho is now one of the most fashionable areas of London, you still witness remnants of its past intermingled with the diversity of small restaurants from all over the world…some of which you will visit during the walk.
Dipping down into Chinatown, you discuss London’s international cuisine, while tasting freshly made dumplings or authentic Sri Lankan Pol Sambol. You may brave Leicester Square and make your way into Covent Garden, where you will discuss the area’s history as a fruit and vegetable market. Or you might pop in for some gelato at Gelupo on way to the Seven Dials area of London, where you can find some hidden treasures. For example Monmouth Coffee, Homeslice, and Neal’s Yard Dairy, with an unexpected Bohemian-inspired courtyard.
Gastronomic neighbourhoods London:
Whether you are a serious foodie or just a food lover, this walk will help you discover the secret corners of London and the coexistence of a centuries-old culinary tradition with an incredibly international food scene. Most importantly, it will help you debunk the myth that London is a culinary wasteland.
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