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A 103 Minute Gelato Tour of London

My friend Eva got into town yesterday and I happened to mention a few weeks ago about the amazing gelato tour that Beth and I did back in September 2016. Now, if you know Eva, she's a massive fan of gelato, and she's vegan, and each of the stops on the gelato tour had vegan flavors. And she can eat...A LOT!

Since I didn't have a whole lot to do at work yesterday, we decided to make our own little gelato tour, hitting my three favorite stops from the five stop tour Beth and I did.

We took the bus from St. Paul's to Savoy and began to walk to our first stop. Wait, what's that in bright orange up on the right? OMG! It's a big groups of Reese's employees giving out free peanut butter eggs! I so wanted one of their jackets and hats, but settled for a silly picture.


One we went to our first stop, Gelatorino in Covent Garden. This was the last stop on the tour Beth and it's authentically Italian. It remind me so much of all of the gelatorias we went to in Tuscany. I started with three scoops: tiramisu, pistachio and cookies & creme.


In the end, this was the only stop of the three that stored their gelato in the tins that drop down into the counter. From what we learned in Italy, this is how you can tell the authenticity of the place. If you can see the gelato in those big mounds, it's likely to not be quite as good.

17 minutes later, we're back on the road to stop #2. Eva hadn't been to Covent Garden before so we wandered through the Covent Garden market on our way. We had to let the first few scoops settle after all.


Ironically, our second stop was named Scoop. This wasn't quite as authentic Italian as Gelatorino, but close. I downgraded to two scoops this time: salted caramel and strawberry.


29 minutes later, we're hit the streets again on our way to the last stop on the tour. The 18 minute walk took us from Covent Garden to Soho. I remembered our tour guide showing us some of the more "seedy" place in Chinatown, so I forced Eva to see them too. This is a part of London not many see, especially the tourists. It's, let's say, a different cultural experience.


Our final stop on the tour took us to the first stop on the tour Beth and I did, Snowflake Luxury Gelato. The 18 minute walk wasn't quite enough to burn off the calories we'd already consumed to make us hungry enough for more, but we persevered.  I mean, someone had to do it.

After hearing Eva argue with the employees about which flavors were vegan (note to self: don't argue with a vegan about food), I settled for two more scoops: honeycomb crunch and cuorcino, which was dark chocolate and hazelnut.


103 minutes, seven scoops of gelato. I consider that a pretty successful afternoon. Gelato tours are fantastic way to spend an afternoon in the city and they also allow you to walk and take in London. You can find tours like this in pretty much any midsize to major city. Give it a go! You'll learn quite about about the town as well.

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