Tuck In To The London Restaurants
Food in London is not just fish ‘n’ chips and pie ‘n’ mash, some of the top chefs in the world call London home. With more ethnic groups than Beefeaters London is a wonderful mix of the exotic and home grown and no more so than in the food trade.
Imagine you are wandering around in the bustling West End of London, Leicester Square, Covent Garden and Shaftesbury Avenue are all a stone’s throw away. A fantastic area of London packed with amazing foodie places for a quick bite of lunch, a leisurely afternoon tea or a full on three course, loosen-your-belt-for-dessert dinner. If only there was some way of sampling loads of different places in a short amount of time to find out what you liked and what you could leave behind…
Happily for you there is!
The London Restaurant Festival and their aim is simple, to get bums on seats in London’s restaurants. The choice is huge, last year more than 400 restaurants took part, which means that no matter what sort of tasty treat you are into you will find something you like. It may even encourage you to be a little more adventurous with your food choices and step away from the old favourites. Here are some highlights that could just be your cup of tea or your medium, half-caf, no-foam, non-fat, vanilla, soy latte:
They say a walk is a good aid to digestion which makes the Gourmet Odyssey the ideal dinner plan. Based on the Progressive Dinner where each course is eaten at a different venue you will visit 4 top restaurants over the course of the evening, enjoying a glass of Laurent-Perrier champagne and a different delicious plate of food at each stop.
For a less formal way to pick and choose between restaurants try a Graze Passport. Your Graze Passport will get you a free drink when you buy one of the selected Graze dishes at any one of more than 30 participating restaurants during the festival.
A similar theme with a LRF Tapas Passport, you can delicately nibble Tapas and sup a drink at each venue. Some of the places on the list this year include Fernandez & Wells, Copita and Barrica.
For lovers of Italian food the Cicchetti Trail takes dinners on a tour of six of the best Venetian and Italian restaurants in London. Restaurants on the menu include Massimo, Polpo Covent Garden and San Carlo Cicchetti.
This is a brand new event for the London Restaurant Festival in 2013 and promises to be a hit. You will tackle 6 Japanese restaurants, like Sake No Hana, Kurobuta and Bincho Soho, in one day tucking into appetizing dishes from the Far East.
Fancy dinner and a movie with a top British star? Jonathon Ross, chat show host and general funny man, will be hosting this evening of food and film. First you will be treated to gourmet popcorn and a private screening of Ross’s all time favourite film “Spirited Away”. Then prepare yourself for a cocktail and a delicious dinner inspired by the film hosted by Ross and Piccadilly Head Chef Anton Manganaro.