Walking and discovery tours always seem like such a great idea when they come up on ‘daily deal’ sites - I’m suddenly seized by a passion for hauntings, places of literary interest, street art and small batch artisan gin distilleries - not to mention being driven almost mad by greed by anything of a foodie nature. But then stuff comes up. Like bad weather, or lack of time, or lack of appetite. Wouldn’t it be great if you could just dip in and out of such events, like a hop-on, hop-off bus?
This is where Taste Tripper comes in. With three ‘tours’ to choose from - one for coffee lovers, one for craft beer drinkers and another for chocoholics - you can explore London at leisure, fitting your tastings and visits in among other sightseeing, experiences - even chores. It means you can appreciate each individual maker’s offering, without your palate being so overwhelmed that you can barely discern what’s special about your final stop of the day, or simply not having the room or fancy for it. Regardless of being a tourist or a Londoner, it means that you can enjoy different experiences on different days, whether as and when you happen to be in a relevant area, or having purposely factored a pit-stop into your day.
I thought I knew a fair bit about where to go to get chocolate in London; my friend and I have become very adept, when training for race events, at planning our long runs along routes that miraculously end at a chocolatier - for congratulatory and refuelling purposes, obviously.
Now, thanks to TasteTripper, there are several as yet untried places on our radar, not to mention the sneaking sensation that we’d better not stop running any time soon #burnitoff. According to the fold-up map (love a bit of old school) which came with the pack, there are a LOT of brilliant places to buy chocolate out there - and the reverse of the map gives you a bit of info about all of them. Best of all, eight of the featured chocolate-spots are included on extra cards, which can be exchanged for free tasters on your visit, as well as for further discounts on goodies to take home. And, just in case any of your chocolate lasts the journey home, there are even some recipe cards with fab ideas ranging from mains to desserts. Throw in a few fact cards (comprising info on famous London neighbourhoods, plus some chocolate lingo and a tasting guide) and a chance to win prizes via various social media tags as you upload snippets from your tasting experiences, and you have the ideal gift for a foodie friend or for someone who’s headed to London.
Explorer packs for one person are £18, or £30 for 2 people.
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