LONDON GROUP TOUR – Salmon en Cruise!
Includes afternoon tea on the Thames, Salmon factory tour, tasting and lunch
Smoked salmon was introduced into the UK from Eastern Europe. Jewish immigrants from Russia and Poland brought the technique of salmon smoking to London’s East End, where they settled, in the late 19th century. They smoked salmon as a way to preserve it as refrigeration was very basic. In the early years, they were not aware that there was a salmon native to the UK so they imported Baltic salmon in barrels of salt water. However, having discovered the wild Scottish salmon coming down to the fish market at Billingsgate each summer, they started smoking these fish instead. Learn more on this tasty London Smoked Salmon tour!
Arrive in London on Sunday afternoon, and head to Tower Pier, where you will enjoy an afternoon tea on the Thames, while watching the sights of London drift by.
On Monday morning a visit to Forman’s Fish Island Smokehouse, the East End’s last smokehouse, founded by Harry Forman in Stepney in 1905. You will see behind the scenes at Britain’s oldest Smokery in the Old Smoke and enjoy a unique tour including a fascinating carving demonstration followed by a tasting and a two course lunch.
Limited Sundays in 2019
Day 1 Sunday
Travel to London and Afternoon Tea on the Thames
Arrive in London in the afternoon and make your way to Tower Pier (coach parking a few minutes walk away). At 3.30pm your boat will depart for a 1 1/2 hour cruise on the Thames. During the leisure trip, you will be served an afternoon tea consisting of a selection of sandwiches, traditional cakes, pastries, scones with clotted cream and jam and as much tea and coffee as you want. There will be a live commentary as you watch the sights of London glide by, and don’t forget to take the air on the upper deck for an even better view.
On your return to Tower Pier at around 5.00pm, re join your coach and travel to the Docklands area for an overnight stay. Dinner is not included, though we will be delighted to offer suggestions, alternatively you may wish to eat in the hotel.
Day 2 Monday
Breakfast in hotel, Forman’s Smoked Salmon Factory and Lunch
This morning you will have a full English buffet breakfast served in the hotel’s restaurant, then your fishy tour begins.
Britain’s Oldest Smokery
Make your way to Fish Island in Hackney (close to the Olympic Park) where you will begin your Forman’s Fish Island Smokehouse tour. Smoked salmon is serious business at H. Forman & Son. The business is the East End’s last smokehouse, founded by Harry Forman in Stepney in 1905, where today his great-grandson Lance Forman runs the show. Come and see behind the scenes; Forman’s use traditional methods of curing and carving salmon with state of the art forms of smoking salmon to produce the truly artisan London Cure Smoked Salmon. Enjoy a unique tour including a fascinating carving demonstration from their very own Guinness World Record Salmon slicer, Darren Matson (who beat Gordon Ramsay in the challenge!). Includes a taster of the world famous ‘London Cure’ smoked salmon since 1905 (minimum numbers of 25 apply.)
The tour will last around 60 minutes.
After your tour you will enjoy a two course lunch at this amazing smokehouse venue at the Old Smoke, before starting your return jouney home.
Please note this will be a set two course lunch with tea/coffee or soft drink – menu will be sent in advance and all the group will have the same menu.
Don’t have the time for an overnight stay? We also offer this as a Day Trip Monday to Friday.
We will be using a selection of 4-star hotels in the City of London and the Docklands area for this tour, including the Guoman Tower Hotel, the Hilton Canary Wharf Hotel, the brand new Novotel Canary Wharf and the Crowne Plaza Docklands.
All hotels offer high standards of comfort, and are ideally placed for visiting both Central London and London’s East End.
Although we have booked the stay on a bed & breakfast basis, dinner can be arranged in the hotel (supplements on request, but usually around £25 per person for three courses). Alternatively there are restaurants and bars in the local area for guests to make their own arrangements (we can supply a list of local restaurants that are open on a Sunday evening).
|Limited Sunday availability during 2019||from £129.00 per person|
Supplements of around £45 will apply for single occupancy rooms.