Capital Culture: Private Foodie Tour of London's Culinary Scene with Food and Wine Journalist, Louis Fernando

Capital Culture: Private Foodie Tour of London's Culinary Scene with Food and Wine Journalist, Louis Fernando

Various locations, London

£300

“If you’re after a new or different view of London, this is just your ticket” A Little Bird

Why we love it

Join food and wine writer, Louis Fernando, on a walking tour to discover London's burgeoning food and wine scene. Choose to explore Soho’s trendy restaurant newcomers and long-established Sohoites passionate about their patch; follow the insiders track and enjoy dining with a twist by experiencing ‘counter culture’; embark on a capital cocktail tasting journey, or discover who’s keeping London’s wine scene on trend.

What's Included?

  • Enjoy a private three-hour tour of London’s food and drinks scene for two people, brought to you by SideStory
  • Join food and wine journalist, Louis Fernando and discover the movers and shakers within the local industry, as well as the best places to taste their wares
  • Choose to explore Soho’s fashionable restaurant scene, the capital’s new ‘counter culture’, taste your way through London’s best cocktail bars, or discover the most exciting wine destinations in town

Description

Louis Fernando is a well-known name in the food and wine scene. Having worked as a PR and marketing consultant for Borough Wines, and more recently the Vinoteca Restaurant Group, Louis knows the movers and shakers within the food and beverage industry, and the best places to taste their wares. An experience with Louis will take you to the heady heart of the capital’s food and wine fanfare. Choose from one of the following:

Experience 1: Made in Soho

Since the no-bookings Polpo opened in 2009, Soho has become the place to launch a trend-driven restaurant. But why? As you indulge in selected tasting sessions, Louis will give his view of Soho's ever-changing fortunes and introduce you to some of its best-known establishments. Plus you’ll meet the long-established Sohoites, who are passionate about their patch and what it all mean for the neighbourhood's village vibe and the venues that have resisted the whims of fashion for so many years.

Experience 2: Grape Escapes

Pre-2010, London’s wine map was somewhat restricted to the traditional establishments of St James’s and the City. Recently, though, a modern-minded approach has seen the scene has shifted east with an injection of fresh energy.

Tasting your way across London’s wine scene, Louis will point out the progressive, new-school venues and the people behind them. Expect youthful vibes, infectious enthusiasm and an exciting tasting selection of natural-style wines from budding regions such as Jura, Galicia and Paso Robles, while filling up on bottles from the area’s best wine stores.

Experience 3: Shaken or stirred?

Embark on a capital cocktail tasting journey, with tales and tipples from classic to experimental. Louis will introduce the best places in town to enjoy a tipple, including a Soho institution renowned for creating classic libations with a twist. Learn the stories behind the most mysterious and intriguing cocktails and bartending rituals on this immersive cocktail tour of London.

Experience 4: Counter Culture

Dining out in London has changed dramatically in recent years. Be it no-reservations dining or the rise of street food, removing the barrier of tables and chairs with a stool at the bar now puts you in the best seat in the house.

Challenging expectations and blurring the lines of the traditional dining experience, explore the capital’s counter restaurants from breakfast ‘til late with Louis and strike up conversations with waiters, baristas or barmen on the way, and get a true insider's compendium of tips and recommendations on London’s burgeoning dining scene.

Description

Louis Fernando is a well-known name in the food and wine scene. Having worked as a PR and marketing consultant for Borough Wines, and more recently the Vinoteca Restaurant Group, Louis knows the movers and shakers within the food and beverage industry, and the best places to taste their wares. An experience with Louis will take you to the heady heart of the capital’s food and wine fanfare. Choose from one of the following:

Experience 1: Made in Soho

Since the no-bookings Polpo opened in 2009, Soho has become the place to launch a trend-driven restaurant. But why? As you indulge in selected tasting sessions, Louis will give his view of Soho's ever-changing fortunes and introduce you to some of its best-known establishments. Plus you’ll meet the long-established Sohoites, who are passionate about their patch and what it all mean for the neighbourhood's village vibe and the venues that have resisted the whims of fashion for so many years.

Experience 2: Grape Escapes

Pre-2010, London’s wine map was somewhat restricted to the traditional establishments of St James’s and the City. Recently, though, a modern-minded approach has seen the scene has shifted east with an injection of fresh energy.

Tasting your way across London’s wine scene, Louis will point out the progressive, new-school venues and the people behind them. Expect youthful vibes, infectious enthusiasm and an exciting tasting selection of natural-style wines from budding regions such as Jura, Galicia and Paso Robles, while filling up on bottles from the area’s best wine stores.

Experience 3: Shaken or stirred?

Embark on a capital cocktail tasting journey, with tales and tipples from classic to experimental. Louis will introduce the best places in town to enjoy a tipple, including a Soho institution renowned for creating classic libations with a twist. Learn the stories behind the most mysterious and intriguing cocktails and bartending rituals on this immersive cocktail tour of London.

Experience 4: Counter Culture

Dining out in London has changed dramatically in recent years. Be it no-reservations dining or the rise of street food, removing the barrier of tables and chairs with a stool at the bar now puts you in the best seat in the house.

Challenging expectations and blurring the lines of the traditional dining experience, explore the capital’s counter restaurants from breakfast ‘til late with Louis and strike up conversations with waiters, baristas or barmen on the way, and get a true insider's compendium of tips and recommendations on London’s burgeoning dining scene.

We Also Recommend

  • Enjoy experimental cocktails in a Victorian gin palace at Worship Street Whistling Shop in Hoxton
  • Discover superb street food from hundreds of vendors at any of Street Feast’s locations in London
  • Find out what your perfect wine type is with a ‘vinotyping’ experience at Humble Grape

Additional information

This experience is valid for redemption within six months from the date of issue.

All experiences are available any time subject to Louis Fernando's availability.

This experience is priced for two people. Additional guests can be added by selecting "add an extra guest" above, up to a maximum group size of six people.

At least 7 days' notice is required for any cancellations or amendments to bookings.

Minimum age of guest is 18 years.

All bookings are subject to availability. We recommend booking at least two weeks in advance to guarantee the desired date and time.

We Also Recommend

  • Enjoy experimental cocktails in a Victorian gin palace at Worship Street Whistling Shop in Hoxton
  • Discover superb street food from hundreds of vendors at any of Street Feast’s locations in London
  • Find out what your perfect wine type is with a ‘vinotyping’ experience at Humble Grape

Additional information

This experience is valid for redemption within six months from the date of issue.

All experiences are available any time subject to Louis Fernando's availability.

This experience is priced for two people. Additional guests can be added by selecting "add an extra guest" above, up to a maximum group size of six people.

At least 7 days' notice is required for any cancellations or amendments to bookings.

Minimum age of guest is 18 years.

All bookings are subject to availability. We recommend booking at least two weeks in advance to guarantee the desired date and time.

How it works

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    Treat yourself or share with someone you truly care about.

  • We arrange everything

    Our concierge will arrange everything, even the little extras.

  • Relax and enjoy

    Simply show up and savour the memory that will last a lifetime.

Location

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SideStory – “Made in Soho” Walking Tour (exact meeting point will be arranged after booking)

SideStory – “Grape Escape” Walking Tour (exact meeting point will be arranged after booking)

SideStory – “Shaken or Stirred?” Walking Tour (exact meeting point will be arranged after booking)

SideStory – “Counter Culture” Walking Tour (exact meeting point will be arranged after booking)

Capital Culture: Private Foodie Tour of London's Culinary Scene with Food and Wine Journalist, Louis Fernando