The Ultimate Bucket List of Cheesy Experiences in London

While there is no conclusive evidence as to where cheese making originates, we can safely say that the world is a better place because of cheese in it. Can you imagine just how much flavour our lives would be lacking if it weren’t for cheese? We shudder to even think of it! If like us, you too are a true cheese devotee, and happen to find yourself in London then here’s the ultimate bucket list of cheesy experiences you must have in the city:

1. The Cheese Truck

This no frills food truck is what you need to chase down if you’re in the mood for a ridiculously cheesy grilled cheese sandwich. Their aim is to show people just how amazing British cheese is and they do so quite successfully by melting locally sourced cheeses combined with artisanal breads. Popularly found at Maltby Street Market the truck travels a lot and you easily find their location via their social media. While their deliciously gooey sandwiches are heavy on the stomach they are quite light on the pocket with cost for two being just £10.

2. The Cheese Bar

If you’re not satisfied with simply a grilled cheese, then fret not. The founders of The Cheese Truck decided to expand their horizons and have opened their flagship restaurant in Camden – The Cheese Bar – also known as the cheesiest place in London. Need we say more? Head out to Camden Stables Market to get your hands on some of the cheesiest comfort foods out there.

3. Alpes

Experience the magic of hot melted raclette at this small Alpine bistro in a shipping container in Pop Brixton brought to you by famed street food vendors Raclette Brothers. The fact that they decided to open up a permanent space is a testimonial to their Raclette Savoyarde (priced at £9 at Alpes) being worth the hype.

4. Oli Baba’s

Forget your Mozzarella Sticks or Cheddar pops and make way for your new addiction: Halloumi Fries. Oli Baba’s at Camden Market (and now at Netil Market) call themselves as the original creators of Halloumi Fries and this delicacy full of middle eastern flavours is something you can simply not afford to miss when in London. Their Camden stall serves literally only their flagship dish priced at an affordable £6 and topped with Zaatar Yogurt, Pomegranate Seeds & Molasses, Mint, Sumac and Turkish Chilli flakes.

5. Champagne + Fromage

This French bistro in Covent Garden serves the best – yes, you guessed it – Champagne and Fromage (cheese) combination. A fine selection of Champagne, some brilliantly put together cheese and charcuterie boards as well as seasonal specials and tempting desserts – all served the french way. The best part about this eatery is that it’s not just an eatery – you can very well purchase their finest grower Champagne and over 50 types of soft & hard cheeses to take home with you.

6. St. Moritz

Visit London’s oldest Swiss Restaurant, St. Moritz, for an authentic Fondue experience. Located in Soho, this place is popular for serving an amazing blend of bubbling Swiss cheeses with a variety of breads and seasonal vegetables. An average cost for two is £45.

7. The Cheese Wheel

Hot and fresh hand rolled pasta swirled around generously in a giant Grana Padano cheese wheel. This is your cheesy pasta dream come true, trust us. Made with signature white wine, garlic and chive sauce, their pasta is topped with only the finest artisan ingredients. You can find The Cheese Wheel at Kerb Camden Market.

8. La Fromagerie

Another French cafe and shop that should not be missed by cheese connoisseurs is La Fromagerie in Marylebone. You can enjoy breakfast and lunch featuring the exquisite cheeses on offer at the store daily, or indulge in their Cheese & Wine tastings on Friday evenings. Cost for two on an average at La Fromagerie is around £30.

9. Kappacasein Dairy

Visit their stall at Borough Market for some fantastic Raclette and toastie, or if you want to satisfy the cheese nerd in you, then you can visit their dairy in Bermondsey. Open to guests exclusively on Saturdays, the Kappacasein Dairy is great opportunity to taste their cheese and see how they are made. Take home locally produced cheese with you and impress your friends with some cheesy delights as well as trivia!

Learn Bartending Techniques with Dry Milano

Bartending is an art and one that requires mad skills.  There are no two ways about it. If you think that simply memorizing a few cocktail recipes and putting them together at a party makes you a bartender, then you’re wrong. Mixology takes a lot more than just memorizing recipes. As a bartender, you need to understand your alcohol and all your ingredients. Your drink should tell a unique story through its flavours, and as a bartender, you are the author of that story, with the ingredients being your characters.

Having received recognition around the world as a serious profession, there are now specialized schools for bartending operating around the world. But what if you’ve already made your career choice and just want to pick up a few tricks to entertain your guests? Well, Dry Milano is here to solve your problem.

Dry Milano is a hip cocktail bar with two prime locations – Viale Vittorio Veneto and Via Solferino – offering a high-end nightlife experience with its wide choice of cocktails to go with your meal. Now, having a name like “Dry” for a cocktail bar is pretty curious – after all, as per its common meaning of ‘no alcohol’, it leaves the place quite redundant. However, dry also means ‘reduced to the bones’ or rather, reduced to ‘the fundamental qualities’ and in this case, quite consciously so.

Dry aims to simply bring together two fundamentals – pizza and alcohol – to serve you the best pizzas accompanied by remarkable cocktails in the heart of Milan. While at it, the bar is also offering a unique experience for mixology fans – to learn bartending techniques.

At this distinctive experience, Dry Milano has curated an exclusive session behind the bar with the Dry bar manager. During this experience, the bar manager will guide you through the basics of mixology and demonstrate some of the common tricks of bartending. The session will culminate in an opportunity to shake his signature cocktail with him!

To accompany the cocktail that you have just mixed for yourself, you will be served:

  • Cubotti with roasted ham and horseradish
  • Focaccia with rocket, squacquerone cheese and basil oil
  • Selection of homemade gelato

Sign up for this fun experience, and pick up a cool bartending skill or two from the best in the business.

Explore Beer Craft at Birrificio Milano

Italy is a haven for wine lovers, and being in Milan you have access to some of the finest wines in the world. With Birrificio Milano though, beer lovers, too, have a reason to celebrate now. This top-notch Milanese brewery produces 7 types of beers currently, with the alcohol content ranging from 4.2% to 7.5%.

Established in 2013, Birrificio Milano is a brewing company that is set in one of the industrial area’s still perfectly preserved buildings. Their mission is “producing high-quality, unfiltered, non-pasteurized beer, selecting top ingredients with care and lots of passion.”

Built on the site of a historical Milanese factory, Birrifico wants to embrace the values of handicraft representative of the site. They want to pursue a dream of excellence by locally producing high-quality, handcrafted beer and creating a competitive Italian brand that is fit for sharing with the world and yet, entirely produced in Italy.

As per Birrifico Milano: “Our beers reflect our way of being, curious and open to the new, yet also strongly connected to Italian tradition and taste. We select top raw materials and modify them with great care for details.”

At the brewery, meticulous amount of care is given to the selection of raw materials, the production process, taste and branding. Special attention is also given to using environmentally safe products to ensure that the production site is not only functional but also sustainable.

At this tasting event, you will get to explore beer craft via a 2-hour long guided tour of the brewery led by an expert. During the tour, you will get acquainted with what a normal day at the brewery looks like, the daily work and the production process. The tour will culminate in an elaborate tasting session of their 7 different craft beers, accompanied by a spread locally sourced cold cuts and cheeses.

The guests will also get an opportunity to purchase the products at favourable prices.

You will come across many a wine tasting tours in and around Milan, but this is a great tour for those who prefer the beer over wine.