The Eating London Tour was right-up-my-alley! Fresh, tasty foods; friendly people; interesting historical places, people, facts, and events made entertaining by our tour guide, Olly; and some walking exercise to keep me from getting fat on all the delicious food that I was eating on this trip!
Our tour was in the East End, which I learned was once a not-so-nice-not-so safe part of London.
That’s hard to believe now, because it’s the kind of really cool, artsy, foodie place that my Mom calls “eclectic”.
But to give you an idea of how things use to be in the East End, our tour guide took us to a few spots where the notorious serial killer Jack the Ripper use to hang out and committed his murders – NO JOKE!!
Two of the suspects that police thought might be Jack the Ripper, used drink at a pub that was called Romford Arms.
as well as a shop called St. John, where they specialize in the weirder parts of meat, like pig tails, duck hearts, bone marrow, and squirrel meat.
The Androuet London cheese shop is another stop we made, and I learned that this is where the Royal Family gets all of their cheese.
The public is not allowed to know which cheeses are delivered to the Royal Family or when deliveries are made.
Then there was my Mom’s favorite food stop on the tour, the Aladin Curry House. This place is so good, Prince Charles has even eaten there. The owner displays a photo of Prince Charles visiting the restaurant.
All along the tour is all kinds of art - on the walls, buildings, and sidewalks. Here’s a really fun fact: The East End has tag art by the world famous - but unknown - tag artist called “Banksy”.
People are still trying to figure out who this person is, but in the meantime, we can enjoy his artwork that mysteriously appears in places all over the world.
One of his most famous works of art is the “Banksy Pink Car” that is now displayed in a clear case, because people kept taking pieces of the car to try and sell.
And here’s another bit of historical trivia: We also saw buildings that had windows that were covered with bricks.
Weird, right? Well, what’s even weirder is that back in the 18th and 19th centuries, the British government wanted more money so they started charging people a kind of property tax on every window that they had in their buildings and homes! I’m just starting to learn about and understand taxes, and even I know how CRAZY that is! So some people covered their windows with bricks, so they wouldn’t have to pay taxes.
These are just a few of the highlights. There are so many things to see, taste, and learn on this tour. If you’re ever in London, I think going on an Eating London Tour would be a great way to spend part of your day!