It's here: a city-wide festival celebrating everything good about eating out. Here's what you need to know
This is not the time to be eating beans on toast in front of the TV. Why? Because it’s the London Restaurant Festival from 1-31 October. That means it's your opportunity to meet celebrity chefs, enjoy a special menu at that restaurant you’ve been meaning to go to for ages and catch a whole host of food tours and events across the city.
And yes, we fully appreciate these city festivals can feel a bit overwhelming, so we’ve highlighted our top picks to help you get your head around it all. You’re all very welcome.
The 'Inspired by London' series sees top chefs such as Marcus Wareing, Mark Hix, Nathan Outlaw and Hélène Darroze prepare special menus inspired by the produce, sights and landmarks of the capital. You'll be given a glass of champagne on arrival (we're in) before tucking into a four-course menu ending with a meet and greet with the chefs themselves. Not to be missed!
Exclusively for Amex card members (they're sponsoring this event – so just grab a friend with an Amex and pay them back later).
Perfect for people who get bored easily, London Restaurant Festival road trips involve restaurant hopping from venue to venue while enjoying a different course at each stop. Look out for the Champagne Laurent-Perrier Gourmet Odyssey featuring top restaurants in north, east and west London and the Discover North Champagne Laurent-Perrier Gourmet Odyssey including The Quality Chop House, Trullo and Grain Store.
Have you ever eaten at six different restaurants in one night? Nope, we haven't either. But for one month only you can do just that. Choose a location (Carnaby, Chinatown, Seven Dials and Victoria) or a cusine-themed tour (such as Tasty Tapas or Japanese Journey) and eat your way across London. Probably best not to snack in the afternoon.
Love film as much as you love food? Then head to BAFTA 195 Piccadilly and feast on a three-course meal at the iconic headquarters of the famous awards ceremony. Cooked up by head chef, Anton Manganaro, we'll guarantee you'll have stars in your eyes.
Lots of London's much-loved restaurants will be offering great value special menus so you can sample their best dishes at affordable prices (see the list here) while others are nodding to the occasion with mouthwatering signature dishes: Bao in Soho will be creating a London Restaurant Festival bao bun; Bubbledogs in Fitzrovia will be offering a limited edition hot dog; and L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon will be hosting a dinner matched with wines exclusively from eastern Europe, to name but a few.
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