Foodies’ London – Pie Crust to Upper Crust

Embankment underground station, London (Villiers Street exit)

Guided by Ann

Walk Times

DayWalk TypeStart TimeEnd Time
18 January 2020 Special10.45 am12.45 pm Winter
11 April 2020 Special10.45 am12.45 pm Winter
11 July 2020 Special10.45 am12.45 pm Summer
10 October 2020 Special10.45 am12.45 pm Summer

Short read: Culinary Destinations – Afoot, Fooding & Feasting in The Strand & Covent Garden.

Long read: Take a walk along the Strand. 140 years ago the lower classes bought ham sandwiches in the street here, while the upper classes were eating the magnificent delights prepared for them at the Savoy Hotel by the king of chefs and chef of kings, Auguste Escoffier. You’ve eaten the peach Melba he created – Ann will give you some more of his glamorous peach recipes to run up at home.

Julia Child version: “People who love to eat are always the best people.”

This walk covers London’s foodie history in and around the Covent Garden district, best known nowadays for shopping and eating, but for centuries the biggest market in the country for fruit and veg. The first tv chef, the best selling cookery author of all time, the muffin man of Drury Lane all make an appearance, as does that iconic English dish roast beef. We’ll avoid the crowd by taking some of the peaceful back streets and alleyways, and if we’re lucky we may end with a real cup of English tea.


The Pie Crust to Upper Crust Foodies walk takes place at 10.45 am on the following Saturdays: January 18, April 11, July 11 and October 10. The meeting point is just outside the Villiers Street exit of Embankment Tube.

N.B. the walk takes about two hours and ends at Twinings, the legendary old tea dealer’s across the street from the Royal Courts of Justice on the Strand (and a three-minute walk from TempleTube). See our dedicated Foodies’ London page for all of the Foodies’ London Walks Ann does (four completely different, regularly scheduled, public walks and a Chocoholics’ London Walk that can be booked privately).


“Definition of  ‘muffin worry’ – an old ladies’ tea party.”


The video is of Ann’s Epicurean, Gourmets’, Foodies’ London Walk but it’ll give you an idea of what a Foodies’ London Walk is like (and it also showcases the calibre of the guiding).


If you can’t make one of the regularly scheduled, just-turn-up, public Mountain Building & Meteorites in the City of London walks it can always be booked as a private tour. If you go private you can have the Foodies' London – Pie Crust to Upper Crust walk – or any other London Walk – on a day and at a time that suits your convenience. We’ll tailor it to your requirements. Ring Fiona or Noel or Mary on 020 7624 3978 or email us at and we’ll set it up and make it happen for you. A private London Walk – they’re good value for an individual or couple and sensational value for a group – makes an ideal group or educational or birthday party or office (team-building) or club outing.


A private London Walk makes a fab gift – be it a birthday or anniversary or Christmas present or whatever. Merchandise schmerchandise (gift wrapped or not) – but giving someone an experience, now that’s special. Memories make us rich.


Don’t just take it from us.