Celia Brooks' Gastrotours: London Food Tours

All of Celia's Gastrotours are a unique opportunity to join her for an insider's view of London's vibrant culinary hotspots. She has specially designed each day to be bursting at the seams with exclusive food and wine tastings and encounters with passionate foodies and producers: a chance to discover new tastes, rediscover old ones, and to acquire knowledge about food and wine through all your senses.

You can book either as an individual on specified dates, or as a private/corporate group (usually 6-12 people) for a date of your choice.

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GIFT VOUCHERS AVAILABLE!

This voucher, £60, gives the recipient a choice of 3 Gastrotours: Portobello, Covent Garden, or Borough Market. (If they choose Borough Market, there will be £10 supplement payable upon booking, as this costs £70 per person.) You can pay with Paypal using the button below.

Celia will email you the voucher document and you can forward it or print it and tuck it into a card. The recipient(s) can choose any available date that suits them and contact Celia directly to arrange. The voucher is good for 1 year. Please contact Celia for further details or to pay by cheque or bank transfer.

Gift Vouchers

My Gastrotour of Borough Market is on a separate page and is called A TASTE OF BOROUGH MARKET. Click here for more details.

PERSONAL GUIDED TOURS

I often get requests from visitors to London - tourist and executive - to give bespoke, personal guided tours for individuals or couples.

It would be my utmost pleasure to be your personal food guide in London. I'm from Colorado, but I've lived here for 23 years and forged my entire foodie career here, whilst witnessing a gastronomic revolution which has taken place during this time.

I'll personally design an unforgettable, inspiring, educational, entertaining and delicious food and drink tour just for you. We can spend an hour, a few hours, a whole day, or more uncovering culinary gems in this truly cosmopolitan food-lover's paradise.

It depends somewhat on which day of the week and how much time you'd like to spend. See my descriptions of my organised tours for an idea of what we'd cover in Borough Market, Portobello, Marylebone or Covent Garden. There are many other gems including Soho for unique shops including those in Chinatown, and slightly grittier but fascinating neighbourhoods like Green Lanes (Turkish) and Southall (Indian / Bangladeshi), and much more!

We could do all of it or just a little! Please contact me and let me know what interests you the most.

My fee starts at £100 per hour, (minimum 2 hours), including tastings.

COVENT GARDEN GASTROTOUR

Celia will greet you at Covent Garden tube station with a sumptuous Ladurée macaroon to kick off a Thursday morning of sipping and supping the delights of the Covent Garden area. Celia will escort you through the tourist mayhem to uncover the neighbourhood's true foodie gems, including a chocolate demo from bean to bar with coffee, and a tasting tour of the Real Food Market stalls in the Piazza. Here you'll discover exotic foods like Venezuelan arepas, Polish sausages, Bombay Beach style snacks, and more, all peppered with stories about the neighborhood's fascinating history. A unique Italian wine tasting with wild-foraged "ciccette" (Italian tapas) completes this varied and colourful foodie experience in the heart of London's West End.

Thursday mornings, 10:30am – 1:00pm

Price: £60 per head

Also available for private groups up to 12 people on Thursday day or evenings, or Saturday mornings. Please Contact Celia for details


For individuals: book on the following dates or Contact Celia about open-date gift vouchers

Thursday, 10 April

Thursday, 19 June

Thursday, 24 July

Thursday, 7 August

 

Please use your Paypal account to pay by credit card using the relevant buttons above. If you'd prefer to pay by BACS or cheque, please contact Celia to book

GIFT VOUCHERS CAN BE PURCHASED FOR THIS EVENT - please contact Celia to purchase

For Private/Corporate groups:

Private group bookings can also be made for this 10:30 - 1:00 time slot on Thursdays, or 4:30 - 7pm, after which you could hit a West End show! Max 12 people

Gift Vouchers

You can purchase gift vouchers for the Covent Garden Gastrotour. You can pay by bank transfer or cheque. Celia will email you the voucher document and you can print it and tuck it into a card. The recipient(s) can choose any available date that suits them and contact Celia directly to arrange. The voucher is good for a year. Please contact Celia specifying how many you would like to purchase.

PORTOBELLO ROAD GASTROTOUR

Portobello Road is known as one of the funkiest street markets in London, but few are aware of the inspiring culinary secrets peppered throughout this famous neighbourhood. As a former Notting Hill resident, Celia is armed with all the local foodie knowledge and lets you in on the scene of fabulous food shops and restaurants, introducing you to some trendy as well as eclectic destinations. You'll taste your way around the area, including tapas, fine hams, cheeses and olives, and samples from artisan market stalls. We'll be unearthing culinary treasures like Moroccan pastries, exotic spices, and enjoying a cheese and wine-matching experience at the best local vintner. The day concludes with a special tasting and demonstration in the kitchen of a unique chocolate boutique.

Tuesday mornings, 10:30am-1:30pm

Price: £60 per head


For individuals: book on the following dates or Contact Celia about open-date gift vouchers

Tuesday, 8 April — SOLD OUT

Tuesday, 6 May — SOLD OUT

Tuesday, 3 June

Tuesday, 15 July

Tuesday, 5 August


Please use your Paypal account to pay by credit card using the relevant buttons above. If you'd prefer to pay by BACS or cheque, please contact Celia to book

GIFT VOUCHERS CAN BE PURCHASED FOR THIS EVENT - please contact Celia to purchase

For Private/Corporate groups:

Monday to Friday and NOW SUNDAYS! Mornings or afternoons (afternoons have a slightly different format involving more wine!)

For group bookings only, 2-12 people. Please contact Celia for date availability.

Price on application

Gift Vouchers

You can purchase gift vouchers for the Portobello Gastrotour. You can pay by bank transfer or cheque. Celia will email you the voucher document and you can print it and tuck it into a card. The recipient(s) can choose any available date that suits them and contact Celia directly to arrange. The voucher is good for a year. Please contact Celia specifying how many you would like to purchase.

 

MARYLEBONE VILLAGE GASTROTOUR

For group bookings only

Marylebone Village is currently experiencing a gastronomic Renaissance and here's your chance to get inside it through a late afternoon of specially arranged tastings with expert Celia as your guide. It is ideal for entertaining clients or treating your office team. The tour includes a tasting at the wonderful cheese emporium La Fromagerie, a tasting at award-winning butcher The Ginger Pig, and chocolate tasting at Rococo. It concludes with a comprehensive Spanish food and wine experience at Iberica, where we are joined by WineChap Tom Harrow.

A recent testimonial from Chloe Fowler of Razor Reasearch: "Thank you so much for orchestrating such a fabulous day for us and our clients yesterday. The session was fantastically planned and carried out with grace, elegance and intuition. Our clients have all gone away inspired, appreciated and energised. Your choices and your contacts made it feel as though we had the keys to knowledge and businesses that most people simply don't have."

This tour has flexible timings and day availability and can be bespoked to your requirements.

Please contact Celia to discuss prices and dates.

Celia also operates a similar Marylebone tour through Divertimenti Cookery School once a month on a Sunday, available for individuals to book. Search "Celia" on the above link.