Trips to London for Hospitality & Catering Students

A college trip to London offers an affordable and interesting opportunity for hospitality and catering students to discover one of Europe's great culinary destinations.

As the multi-cultural capital of the UK, the city has been influenced by the mix of nationalities that call London home. Nowhere is this more evident than in the city's food-scene. From Michelin-starred restaurants to street food stalls, there's a wealth of places for your students to be inspired by.

We have a host of visits, tours and workshops to help your students to hone their culinary skills and to enhance their classroom learning.

Prices start from£99pp

Sample Itinerary

Our sample itinerary provides you with an idea of the visits you can cover during your trip. We can tailor-make an itinerary to support your specific learning outcomes.

Morning Afternoon Evening
1 Executive coach travel Walk Eat Talk Eat Street Food Walking Tour The lastminute.com London Eye
2 Smithfield Meat Market Bread Ahead Workshop Executive coach transfer home
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Morning Executive coach travel
Afternoon Walk Eat Talk Eat Street Food Walking Tour
Evening The lastminute.com London Eye
Morning Smithfield Meat Market
Afternoon Bread Ahead Workshop
Evening Executive coach transfer home

Price Shown includes

  • 1 night’s bed & breakfast accommodation
  • Executive coach transport from & to college & throughout your stay
  • Group travel insurance
  • 1 in 10 free place ratio

The visits shown in the sample itinerary above are not included in your quoted price unless indicated. If you would like to add any of these activities to your quote price, please get in touch.

Price shown is based on 30 paying passengers departing from a selected departure point on selected dates and is subject to availability.


On-tour support

Additional on-tour support available...

  • A choice of packed lunches for your group throughout your stay
  • Pre-booked meals at great group prices
  • Pre-booked and pre-paid public transport tickets

Top visits for college groups in London

Walk Eat Talk Eat - 3 hour food & drink walking tour

Take a walking tour through the streets of London to share a great food experience. You will try modern and traditional dishes, British treats and food from far away. The tours centre around a few different food and drink stops where you may sit down and dine at the venue, pick up the food and taste it outside, or just walk and talk with the food.

There are three different tours to choose from:

Portobello Tales - Ladbroke Grove to Kensington Palace tour

You will try cold cut meats and cheese sourced locally, bubble tea, handmade Swedish traditional baked kanelbulle and delicious doughnuts from a doughnutry that has truly made its mark on Portobello Rd – offering a twist from your normal conventional flavours. You will also indulge yourself in some incredible street food called Arepas from South America and will taste some caviar just off Notting Hill. We will finish just in front of Kensington palace and who knows, we might even be able to say hello to the royals.

The east end / Brick lane food and drink walking tour

Starting at Spitalfields market the group will make their way to Brick Lane. From there you will have the opportunity to grab some sweets from a quaint little Bangladeshi sweet shop, and experience the incredible cuisine influenced by the waves of migrants coming to the area from the French Huguenots, Irish, Jewish and most recently the Indian and Bangladeshi. Then indulge in some truffles from the well-known chocolatier on Brick lane called Dark Sugars. Next stop is Beigal Bake, one of the last still owned Jewish Bakery's that is situated around the area that harks back to a time when the whole area was predominantly Jewish in the 1800s. Then grab a sweet and savoury pizza ring which is filled with Nutella and Ricotta.

Tower Hill to Borough market tour

Open on Friday, Saturday and Sundays, in the market you can find the Venezuelan street food called an Arepa. The Arepa is a staple in Venezuela. Traditionally made from white ground 'corn' and cooked on a round griddle called 'budare'. Monday to Thursday instead your will try a new Swiss (French) import that called Raclette’s. A Raclette is a semi-hard Swiss cheese which is traditionally served in a particular manner.

Next stop is Texas Joe’s slow cooked meats, where your group will learn more about their method of BBQ and getting to sample their incredible brisket that is slowly cooked for 10 hours. The tour will also visit shops loved by locals which champion produce from around the local area and get to try cheese from Neal’s yard Dairy.

Finally, your group will get to try Oysters at Richard’s Oyster bar in Borough market and then finish off the tour with a mouth-watering Doughnut overlooking the Thames which was made that morning at bread ahead bakery located in Borough market.

London Christmas Markets

For a wonderfully festive experience visit the German style Christmas markets, overlooked by the London Eye your pupils can find unusual Christmas presents at the wooden chalets, enjoy traditional Christmas music, and take a ride on the carousel.

Bursting with all the charm and excitement of the Continental Christmas markets, your students are bound to be impressed by the December delights on offer

Bread Ahead Workshops

We offer a range of Bread Ahead baking classes for college groups – giving students a hands-on experience of baking something delicious to eat!  Workshops available include:

Pizza Workshop

Soda Bread Workshop

Scone Workshop

Shape & Bake Workshop

What is Sourdough? Workshop

Borough Market Visit

The Market's layout reflects its rich history, with a warren of passageways and open spaces providing atmosphere and offering shoppers the thrill of new discoveries.  Three Crown Square, the Market's largest trading area, is devoted to produce, including fruit and veg, meat, fish and cheese, while the spaces around the periphery offer a colourful and eclectic blend of foodstuffs from all over the world.

Smithfield Meat Market

Smithfield Market is located in the City of London and is close to landmarks such as the Barbican, St Paul’s Cathedral and St Bartholomew’s Hospital.  Although some selling takes place until mid-morning, to see the market at its best and find the full range of stalls open, visitors should arrive by 7am.

The Chocolate Museum

The Chocolate Museum is an independent museum established by Isabelle Alaya, a French artisan chocolatier, who started her own brand, Melange Chocolate, in the UK in 2008. The collection encompasses a range of objects and memorabilia acquired over many years from different merchants and collectors.

Waitrose Cookery School

If you love preparing and eating good food you’ll love the hands-on approach to learning at the Waitrose Cookery School.

Elysia Catering

Elysia Catering are an innovative new catering project. Creating breakfasts and canapes from food waste, they have served over 28,000 people around London and have to date saved more than 9 tonnes of food waste. This food surplus is locally sourced and in-season as well as being hand-chosen to maintain the highest quality.


Evening activites

  • The lastminute.com London Eye
  • View from The Shard
  • Thames River Cruise
  • West End show 
  • Jack the Ripper tour
  • Bowling
  • Cinema

Study Themes

  • Food and Drinks Service
  • European Food
  • Contemporary World Food 
  • Environment and Sustainability in Hospitality