What would make a visit to London even sweeter? How about the many ways you can experience her chocolate?
Chocolate Ecstasy Tours offer several chocolate tours and one is sure to suit your taste. Jennifer Earle founded this business in 2005 and has been introducing people to fine chocolate and the artisans that make it ever since. Some of the 3 – 4 hour tours include:
- Mayfair – A tour for milk chocolate lovers. This tour starts with hot chocolate and a pastry. The following boutiques all offer something a little different. Here is where you will discover the Queen’s favorites and learn a bit about Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. This tour gives you glimpses of off the beaten track West End London.
- Chelsea – Wind your way through historic Chelsea and Belgravia, stopping at boutiques with truly unique tastings. All creations are chef inspired like the passionfruit salted carmel. Finish the tour with a sit-down tasting . This is the tour for dark chocolate and connoisseurs-in-training.
- Chocolate and Coffee – Best for caffeine addicts. Start your tour in Nottingham with a coffee and pastry. Along the way see famous film sites. You are also sure to get plenty of chocolate to cure any cravings.
- Evening – Once a month you can experience how chocolate goes from fruit through all stages until it gets to a truffle. You will get to try cocoa beans, ice cream, gelato, brownie, chocolate samples and a special chocolate drink in an upscale bar at the end of the evening. This tour starts in Covent Garden and takes you through the neighborhoods of Soho and Piccadilly.
- Workshop – Take a quick 2 ½ hour course from a chocolatier. Learn some secrets to the ganache fillings and gain some decorating skills.
If a walking tour isn’t on your list, you could visit the free Chocolate Museum just off Brixton Road. Learn about the British history of chocolate and see some fun memorabilia. Take a class or enjoy a tasting.
And just in time for the holidays, London hosts the Chocolate Festival at the Business Design Center in Islington. There’s the Chocolate Market, the Christmas Market, the Taste Zone with Seventy % and a the Chocolate Café, all of which you would expect for such a festival in December. Unique to the festival is the Health Trail which features free-from and raw chocolate and where you will learn about the health benefits of chocolate. Yes, really!!
Another way to truly indulge is the Cocoa Spa. How about a chocolate scrub, rose massage and a cloud cocktail?
And of course what are the holidays without an enormous Christmas tree? Feast on this one decorated completely in chocolate.
Whew! That’s a lot of sweet stuff. I’m mentally making an appointment with my dentist just thinking about it. But if you need a chocolate fix while you’re in London, the city has you covered.
Want to find out more local tips for your vacations? Contact me to see what we can come up with to fit your style.