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That Time We Took a Luxury Dessert Tour in London

In England, Food Tours by Daryl & Mindi Hirsch13 Comments

We recently took a luxury dessert tour in London. Find out what and where we ate during the decadent three-hour experience.

See what it's like to take a Luxe London Dessert Tour with Intrepid's Urban Adventures. Spoiler alert - there's a lot of sweet treats and London trivia.

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After four months of flip flops and sunshine, our return to London was bittersweet. Don’t get us wrong – we chose to spend our winter months in Europe this year for many reasons including a longing for good cheese and wine. (There’s only so much pho and ramen that we can slurp down .) Even still, London’s damp coldness hit us in our faces like a rock. Priority one was to buy some winter clothes and boots, a relatively easy task with London’s many shops and stores. Once we bought the right gear to keep us warm and dry, we took it to the street for a luxury dessert tour.

Yes, we eased back into Europe by taking a luxury dessert tour in London.

Luxe London Dessert Tour 2foodtrippers. We started the Luxe London Dessert tour with a danish. Makes perfect sense, don't you think?!

We started the Luxe London Dessert tour with a danish. Makes perfect sense, don’t you think?!

We previously shared that we weren’t fans of food tours, but we’re more open to them since we took an awesome Baguettes to Bistros tour in Paris. That’s why jumped at the chance when Traverse‘s Michael Ball invited us to attend the Luxe London Dessert Tour as part of our participation in the World Travel Market. Not only were we attracted to the theme of luxury dessert, but we were also sold on the reputation of Intrepid’s Urban Adventures which now offers experiential tours in 150 destinations around the world.

Luxe London Dessert Tour

luxe-london-dessert-tour-2foodtrippers. Tour guide Linton didn't miss a beat as he led our hungry group from dessert to dessert to dessert.

Tour guide Linton didn’t miss a beat as he led our hungry group from dessert to dessert to dessert.

After meeting at Piccadilly Circus’ Eros statue in London’s West End, tour guide Linton proceeded to take us on a dessert tour that blended London tourist sites with sweet treats. The tour provided us with a great combination of old London traditions with stops at shops like the very British Fortnum & Mason and new London globalism with stops at internationally based Ladurée and Godiva. As we traversed the tony streets of Mayfair and Soho, Linton kept us so entertained with his thorough knowledge of London history that we almost forgot it was raining.

Fortnum & Mason

luxe-london-dessert-tour-2foodtrippers. Candy Counter at Fortnum and Mason

Candy Counter at Fortnum and Mason

Stop number one on the tour was Fortnum & Mason, a fabulous store famous for being the queen’s grocer. As we ogled at the delicious delicacies sold at the store, Linton shared stories about picnic baskets and baked beans. Baked beans? Yes, baked beans. It turns out that Henry Heinz sold his original baked beans to Fortnum & Mason back in 1886 when baked beans were a luxury item and not yet a major staple of British cuisine.

Fortnum & Mason is located at 181 Piccadilly, London, United Kingdom.

Laudurée at the Burlington Arcade

luxe-london-dessert-tour-2foodtrippers. Rainbow of Lauderée Macarons

Rainbow of Lauderée Macarons

All eyes turned to Lauderée as we entered the Burlington Arcade. Founded in 1862, Lauderée, the famed French luxury pastry chain, bakes and sells 15,000 macorons daily around the world. Though we’ve eaten Lauderée macarons before, we’ve never had such a colorful selection offered to us before. Talk about a tough decision!

Lauderée is located at Burlington Arcade, 71-72 Burlington Arcade, Mayfair, London, United Kingdom.

 Godiva Chocolates

luxe-london-dessert-tour-2foodtrippers. Godiva Bon Bons

Godiva Bon Bons

Belgium’s Godiva Chocolates has been respected for its luxury chocolate line since 1926. We’ve enjoyed Godiva many a time in the United States and are happy to report that the London bon bons are just as good as their American cousins.

Godiva Chocolates is located at 141 Regent St, Mayfair, London, United Kingdom.

Liberty of London

luxe-london-dessert-tour-2foodtrippers. We love the style at Liberty of London.

We love the style at Liberty of London.

A tour of London’s West End would be incomplete without a stop at the Liberty department store. Though we didn’t eat any desserts at Liberty, we thoroughly enjoyed our walk through the first floor where we saw the start of the seasonal decorations on display.

Liberty is located at Regent St, Carnaby, London, United Kingdom

Choccywoccydoodah

luxe-london-dessert-tour-2foodtrippers. More is more at Choccywoccydoodah on London's Carnaby Street.

More is more at Choccywoccydoodah on London’s Carnaby Street.

Choccywoccydoodah may have been our last stop on our Luxe London Dessert Tour, but it was a memorable destination and not just for its cockadoodle name. Frequented by celebrities like Johnny Depp and Madonna, Choccywoccydoodah shop sells cake creations as crazy as the moniker. We sampled a variety of delectable delights in the shop’s secret upstairs room as we sipped on tea and coffee with new friends. Trust us, it was a tough job but somebody had to do it.

Choccywoccydoodah is located at 30-32 Foubert’s Pl, Carnaby, London, United Kingdom

London Trivia

luxe-london-dessert-tour-2foodtrippers. This red telephone booth is one of the last two K2 telephone kiosks left in London.

This red telephone booth is one of the last two K2 telephone kiosks left in London.

But wait, there’s more! In addition to plying us with sweets, Linton pointed out oodles of London trivia throughout the luxury dessert tour. We saw one of the city’s two remaining original phone booths during the tour. And, nearer and dearer to our Beatles-loving hearts, we saw the building that was once the headquarters for Apple Records. When we closed our eyes, we could almost hear the Beatles playing on the roof top as if it the band were still together and making sweet music yet again.

We thank Intrepid Travel and Urban Adventures for hosting us on the tour to facilitate this article.


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    1. Author

      A good dessert is the cure for many things – or in this case many great desserts!

  1. ah yes, reminded me of arriving to live in London many years ago in their winter – yuk – hated it. Still one of those things that I find really difficult having come from a hot country. Interesting that Laduree is pushing itself further geographically now too. So many great food stores in London aren’t there!

    1. Author

      We have mixed feelings about the globalization of food brands and stores, but we’ll never say no to a Lauderée macaron!

    1. Author

      Well, it turns out that our love for cheese and wine is bigger than our fear of cold weather. So far, we’re happy to be in Europe.

  2. This post is delicious! Felt like reaching out to screen to grab them. 😛

    If not all I must at least have a couple of them.

  3. What a fascinating and tempting tour. The desserts look temptingly delicious. I am sure after this tour one needs to have a long workout to burn all the calories.

  4. Ah I am so bummed I missed that tour! Danik told me all about how you guys got to stuff your faces at the end :p . Your pictures are making me hungry!

  5. What a cool combination – sightseeing in London and delicious food! I’m not much of a sweet tooth, but I’d still enjoy the trivia & treats 🙂

  6. Yum! This looks like our kind of tour–everything looks delicious, especially the Choccywoccydoodah! I always love food tours that have a unique theme or element to them rather than a general food tour through a city. Would love to try this next time we are in London!

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