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Forman’s Smokehouse Tours
for the food loving public

Enjoy a unique tour and tasting at H. Forman & Son's famous smokehouse, including a fascinating carving demonstration.

Smoked salmon is serious business at H. Forman & Son, the East End’s last smokehouse, founded by Harry Forman in Stepney in 1905 and run today by his great-grandson Lance Forman at Fish Island in Hackney Wick.

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11amMeet & Greet
11.15amTalk on the history of H. Forman & Son
12.00pmTour of the Smokehouse and factory floor
1.00pm Smoked Salmon carving demonstration with Darren Matson
2.00pmSalmon Platter in the restaurant
3.00pmTour concludes

Join us for an afternoon filled with fun, exceptional food and stories from our century old fish-story.

Smoked salmon is serious business at H. Forman & Son, the East End’s last smokehouse, founded by Harry Forman in Stepney in 1905 and run today by his great-grandson Lance Forman at Fish Island in Hackney Wick. We are offering you the opportunity to enjoy a unique tour and salmon tasting at our famous smokehouse, including a fascinating carving demonstration. Purchase for yourself or as a GIFT VOUCHER and let your recipient choose their own date. We will mail you a salmon themed voucher so you can delight your recipient with a gift experience they will not forget.

The tour begins with a talk by Lance Forman on the history of H. Forman & Son which goes back over a hundred years. Following on from this you will kit up in our protective gear to descend into Forman’s famous London smokehouse where we will show you the process of producing the world’s finest smoked Scottish salmon including a smoked salmon carving demonstration on the factory floor by the Guinness World Record Holder, who previously won a carving competition against Gordon Ramsay. Afterwards, you will take a seat in Forman’s, the onsite riverside Restaurant and Bar which has an incredible view of the Olympic Stadium and a viewing gallery into the smokehouse. It is here where you will enjoy a smoked salmon tasting platter, accompanied by a bottle of still or sparkling water. If there is an exhibition on at the time you will have a tour of the Forman’s Smokehouse art gallery, a spectacular contemporary art project space on the top floor of the Smokehouse.

At the end of your experience you will have the opportunity to purchase our delicious salmon to take home.

Our masterclasses with our Guinness World Record holder, Darren Matson, are the perfect treat for the smoked salmon lover in your life. Book either as an upgrade to our popular Smokehouse Tour or as a luxury experience in its own right. You may also send a voucher to someone, so that they may organise a masterclass whenever is convenient for them, which makes for a fantastic gift.

If booking without the tour your session will be held at a mutually convenient time. Call our friendly consultants on 0203 601 5464 or email to select a time slot.

Your session will include the following:

  • A boutique hour-long masterclass where you will be trained how to carve smoked salmon.
  • The side of smoked salmon that you have carved at the demonstration – packed into sizes of your choosing.
  • A beautiful hardwood salmon carving board; a specialist Granton smoked salmon knife with Rosewood handle and a pair of expert stainless salmon boning tweezers.

For further details call us on 0208 5252 399

Forman’s Smokehouse Tours
for private groups

There’s no smoke without fire. Except when friction-burning oak logs create the perfect amount of smoke required for the delicate London Cure. Discover this and more trade secrets when you step behind the scenes at Formans smokehouse in London.

For over a century H. Forman & Son has been producing world class London Cure Smoked Salmon in the East End of London.

Remaining faithful to principles established in 1905 Lance Forman & his team of artisans are upholding traditional values and skills that would otherwise have died out long ago.

Tour the state-of-the-art facility.

Marvel at the Willy Wonka-esque kilns.

Learn about the heritage of our PGI certified smoked salmon and experience a carving demonstration from a true artisan.

We have exclusive one-hour private tours available for small groups of 2-6, or for larger groups (15+) create a bespoke tour to suit your group.

Packages & Prices 2019

Packages & Prices 2020

Watch Darren compete with Gordon Ramsay for the world record:


What a simply fantastic day we had yesterday from start to finish. As several of our members said, it was the best outing we have ever had – and we have had many other great ones, but not with the variety, fun and weather that we had yesterday. We were also really spoilt, and delighted, to see Mr Forman yesterday and we all enjoyed hearing him tell us some of the background of this thriving family business. Perhaps you could pass on our very grateful thanks to him for giving his time to speak to us.

We loved the humorous tour/demonstration with Darren Matson, and of course it was great fun seeing us all dressed up in our blue caps and bootees and our white coats. It all added to the occasion. We already have a great collection of photos!

I would also like to thank you for arranging everything so well for us – both at Forman’s and with the boat tour which we all found very relaxing and interesting. The two crew members were so helpful, humorous and informative and they themselves added to the fun of the day.

I was also particularly grateful that you had told me about the buggy to meet the less mobile passengers at the end of the boat tour – they were SO, SO pleased that they had not needed to walk.

I am really looking forward to repeating the trip next week – it will be no hardship at all!

Very many thanks once again,


Formans Heritage

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