Take a Bite of Jolly New London
May 19-24, 2014 • Limited to 15 guests
London has taken center stage on the current
international food scene. Young chefs using fresh
ingredients to mix flavors and the techniques of British
colonial heritage are winning top awards for their
cutting-edge restaurants. London now holds spots
#7 and #13 on The World's 50 Best Restaurants list.
And who would have thought that a London pub
would earn a coveted Michelin star rating?
Be among the first to taste your way through
this exciting new culinary capital. With local
guides and foodie celebrities opening doors
behind the scenes, you’ll experience the best
of this up-and-coming scene.
Trip highlights include
Luxury Accommodations • Delicious Meals • Tastings
Pub Visits • Hands-on Cooking Class
Let us help plan your adventure
There are two easy ways to book your trip. Make your deposit online and our trip concierge will call you
as soon as possible to reserve the dates of your choice. Or, if you prefer, call our trip concierge
directly at 866.392.3302 to take care of everything over the phone.
Take a bite of jolly new London: May 19 - 24, 2014
$4990 per person, double occupancy. Single supplement fee: $1275.
Airfare not included. A non-refundable deposit of $500.00 is required to reserve your space.
Take a bite of jolly new London
Thursday, May 22
Today, we'll take a half-day cooking class at state-of-the-art Waitrose Cookery School. Fun and informal, this hands-on, half-day class is perfect for the enthusiastic amateur. You’ll start with a demonstration of technique in their theater, then move into your fully equipped work station. We'll learn the secrets of preparing a 3-course meal in the new style of British cuisine—a meal you'll be able to make at home for family and friends. You'll savor a glass of wine with your fellow travelers while enjoying the lunch you've just prepared in what seems like an amazingly short time for such good food.
You're free to enjoy the rest of the afternoon and evening on your own, with suggestions given as needed.
Friday, May 23
Early in the morning, before the peak rush of shopping, we'll discover the secrets and delights
of Borough Market, London's oldest and most renowned food market. The market began centuries ago on the road leading from the walled metropolis of London to the ports and towns to the south.
Today you can find a huge range of exceptional British and international products at the covered market. There are bargains to be had and products ranging from the lowly sardine to elegant truffles. You'll also find advice, recipes and cooking techniques for either daily needs or special treats.
Borough Market-certified guide Celia Brooks leads you on a magical mystery tasting tour of this bustling market, introducing you to the artisans who offer the best and most unique flavors. You’ll sample freshly grilled scallops served to you by a gentleman who, on other days, can be found diving in chilly waters to sustainably harvest each one. Sample kangaroo and ostrich meat, Spanish Iberico ham, homemade pasta and Turkish meze. Compare three English wines and end your visit with a unique chocolate experience.
Next we'll head just around the corner to Neal’s Yard Dairy, the consummate purveyor of fine British Isle farm cheeses. Neal’s Yard buys its cheeses from over 70 farms around Britain and Ireland and sells them in their two shops and to restaurants around the world. To maintain quality, as well as to see what’s happening on the farms, they regularly visit and befriend their suppliers.
Today, we'll be making and learning to appreciate and differentiate English cheeses. We'll sample eight local farm cheeses, like Cheddar, Caerphilly and Stilton, learning the qualities and origins of each, and pairing them with an appropriate wine or beer.
The rest of your afternoon is free.
In the evening, we'll have our farewell dinner at Nopi—classic, delicious food centered on fresh ingredients, simple preparations and robust flavors. These rising stars of the new British food scene, Yotam Ottolenghi and his partner Sami Tamimi, “have quietly changed the way people in Britain shop and cook and eat,” says The New Yorker.
In their own words: “Like the market vendor, we make the best of what we have and don’t interfere with it too much. We keep food as natural as possible, deliberately avoiding complicated cooking methods … Unfussiness and simplicity in food preparation are, for us, the only way to maintain the freshness of a dish."
Their dishes showcase striking flavors and unusual ingredients—like hibiscus and tea-smoked quail with kumquat and clementine relish—and convey their enjoyment of using food as an artistic palette.
At two marble tables in front of the open kitchen, we'll share tapas-style dishes of Ottolenghi classics: twice-cooked baby chicken, spiced hake wrapped in banana leaf and more. As a special treat, Sami Tamimi will visit with you and answer any questions you may have about the restaurant and their food philosophy. It’s a perfect conclusion to your exploration of the new British culinary scene.
Saturday, May 24
Your culinary tour ends after breakfast on Saturday morning as you say farewell to new friends over coffee.
Optional extension Saturday and Sunday,
May 24 and 25
If you'd like to extend your stay in London for the weekend, reserve two additional nights in your same hotel room, complete with full buffet breakfast and all taxes, plus a one-day sightseeing pass on the double-decker bus. You can reserve the extended weekend package at the time of booking.