The Festival of London with the RSM: Gourmet London

28 - 31 Oct 2021
  • Cultural Tours

About the tour

Prepare your taste buds for a weekend of gourmet delights, including gin tasting with botanical cold distillers, the Griffiths Brothers, and rare champagne tasting with musical accompaniment with the Principal Flute of the London Symphony Orchestra, Paul Edmund Davies. Enjoy lunch at Randall and Aubin, an Anglo/French brasserie, and hear about the history from head chef and owner Ed Baines. Travel to Hackney Marshes to join a professional forager to learn the art of foraging, explore Billingsgate Market, the UK’s largest inland fish market, on an exclusive guided tour, and browse Borough Market, one of the largest and oldest food markets in London. Enjoy a walking tour around Marylebone Farmers’ Market, trading in seasonal foodstuffs from artisan and local producers.

The tour provides options including accommodation or without accommodation. The hotel is the Royal Society of Medicine's Domus Medica, located on the first floor of the RSM on the corner of Wimpole Street and Wigmore Street in Marylebone.


Please contact Jon Baines Tours at info@jonbainestours.co.uk or +44 (0) 207 223 9485 to book.

Your tour leader

Picture of JBT tour leader, Janice Liverseidge

Janice Liverseidge

Until recently Janice Liverseidge was Director of Membership at The Royal Society of Medicine and is now a full time guide and in her spare time a trustee of both the Royal Medical Benevolent Fund and the London Handel Festival. Earlier in her career she worked for the British Medical Association. She is also a registered Blue Badge tourist guide and regularly leads groups in London on medical history walks, tours of the Wellcome Collection and other healthcare locations plus provides music and art tours for the Foundling Museum and the London Handel Festival. Janice has travelled extensively, including an eight month journey around India, South East Asia and Australia, and has led highly successful RSM tours to Vietnam and Cambodia, Sri Lanka, Cuba, South Africa and China.

Janice has the Visit Britain "Good to Go" Industry standard demonstrating that she has shown her compliance with government and industry COVID-19 guidelines, has a Risk Assessment in place and ensures social distancing including using a phone app when providing tour commentaries.

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Itinerary at a glance

  • Day 1: London (Thurs, 28 Oct) Foraging, Gin & Tonic and Dinner Check into Domus Medica at the RSM. Travel to Hackney Marshes to join a professional forager to learn the art of foraging and to discover the vast range of wild edibles lying all around us. After, taste a huge range of pre-made wild food tasters from pickles to jams, chutneys, syrups, flavoured salts, alcohol infusions and much more. Pre-dinner gin and tonic tastings before a welcome dinner at Due Veneti.
  • Day 2: London (Fri, 29 Oct) Markets and Seafood Start the morning bright and early with a tour and breakfast at Billingsgate Market, the UK’s largest inland fish market. Continue to Borough Market, one of the largest and oldest food markets in London, with a market on the site dating back to at least the 12th century. Visit Randall and Aubin, an Anglo/French brasserie that specialises in seafood for an early lunch. Hear from Head Chef and owner, Ed Baines, about its roots as a Victorian butchers’ shop to finding itself at the epicentre of Soho's gentrification. Gentle afternoon walking tour through Soho, discovering the history behind its diverse culinary scene, passing the sight of a former pickling factory and brewery that exploded.
  • Day 3: London (Sat, 30 Oct) Chocolate, Cheese and Champagne Start the morning with a food walking tour of Mayfair and Marylebone sampling the delights of cheesemongers and chocolatiers alike. After lunch, participate in a rare champagne
    tasting session ‘Flutes and Flutes’ with Paul Edmund Davies. Paul was Principal Flute of the London Symphony Orchestra for 20 years. Take part in a tasting of rare champagnes with Paul as he provides guides you through the history of Champagne with relevant historical musical accompaniment. Farewell dinner at The Grazing Goat.
  • Day 4: London (Sun, 31 Oct) Urban Farmers Conclude the tour with a morning walk through Marylebone Farmers Market, a Sunday outdoor street market trading in seasonal foodstuffs from artisan and local producers.

All itineraries are subject to change according to local conditions.

Tour cost

The cost of the tour for RSM members is $1,092 per person sharing. The cost for non RSM members is $1,162 per person sharing.

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