The prospect of a tour around London’s top cheese shops is too good an opportunity to miss. Whether it’s a Champagne and cheese tasting or Swiss Raclette that gets your mouth watering, there’s a fromagerie for every cheese-gourmand, making it the ideal gastronomic excursion during your stay at one of our luxury London hotels. Take a look at our guide to the best cheese shops in London next time you’re in the capital.
La Fromagerie takes pride in offering an extensive range of farmhouse artisanal cheeses from across the UK, Europe and the United States. In addition to being a cheese specialist, La Fromagerie Marylebone (also known by the name No 6) has a daily Kitchen Menu – including breakfast, lunch and a weekend brunch – featuring the produce in-house that day. The Highbury shop, meanwhile, has its own café where cheese plates, quiche and tortilla are served up alongside charcuterie (sourced from Italy, France and Spain), baked goods, accompaniments like wood-roasted artichokes, and a selection of wine, beer and cider.
La Cave á Fromage
Close to the museums in South Kensington and on Portobello Road in Notting Hill, both locations of La Cave á Fromage offer delicious nibbles, platters and warm dishes like Raclette and fondue. Alternatively, opt for the Journey through Cheese, Charcuterie and Wine, encompassing three cheeses, three types of cured meat, and a flight of three wines. The cheeses here come from across the UK, France, Italy and Spain, as well as Portugal and Switzerland. Stop by on a Thursday evening to take part in a cheese and wine tasting.
Neal’s Yard Dairy
Within its Bermondsey, Covent Garden and Borough Market locations, Neal’s Yard Dairy matures and sells cheeses that have been sourced from across Britain and Ireland. A selection of these can be tried by taking part in one of the dairy’s cheese tasting classes – normally held in the Borough Market store – which each have a different theme, such as Farmhouse Cheese and Cider, or Champagne and Cheese.
Paxton & Whitfield
Having been established in 1797, Paxton & Whitfield is one of London’s original artisanal purveyors. In addition to selling cheeses, all the fine food that goes with them, and cheese accessories, the famous cheese shop hosts a Cheese Society for real aficionados, and events such as how to pair cheese and beer.
Situated in Old Spitalfields Market, Androuet is an offshoot of the 1909 Parisien cheesemonger, the House of Androuet. Today, the London store is in partnership with Paxton & Whitefield, enabling the shop to mature and sell great British cheese, too. Cheese lovers can take a seat at The Androuet Bar for fondue, Raclette, cheese and charcuterie boards and more cheese-led cuisine, served alongside a stellar wine-list.
Champagne + Fromage
What better combination could there be than Champagne and cheese? Well at Champagne + Fromage shop and bistro it’s the menu of rustic French cuisine – think pork and herb terrine or Champagne flambéed pear and Langres cheese tartine – that draws people in, not to mention the afternoon tea with French cheeses and macarons. And if this isn’t enough to tempt you, the Covent Garden location is also the setting for weekly Champagne and cheese tasting sessions.
Fortnum & Mason
To pick up a souvenir, spend some time in the prestigious London department store Fortnum & Mason. Here in the expansive Food Hall, artisanal cheeses from the UK and Europe are sold alongside highly desirable accessories and cheese and wine box sets. Look out for the potted blue cheeses, which come in keepsake Fortnum & Mason china jars.
Continue the indulgence back at your London hotel by dining at any one of our elegant fine dining restaurants, or by treating yourself to a decadent afternoon tea, such as the new Royal Afternoon Tea at The Rubens at The Palace.
Image credits: Cover photo © LaFromagerie. The Cheese Wall at La Fromagerie © LaFromagerie. A cheese plate at La Cave á Fromage © La Cave á Fromage. The interior of Paxton & Whitfield © Paxton & Whitfield. The shop front of Champagne + Fromage in Covent Garden © Champagne + Fromage.