With more than 17,000 restaurants across the Capital creating one of the most diverse dining scenes in the world, it can be hard to keep up, even for the biggest foodies.
When it comes to dining out, Londoners are spoilt for choice.
With more than 17,000 restaurants across the Capital creating one of the most diverse dining scenes in the world, it can be hard to keep up.
If you find yourself overwhelmed by the choices in your local food truck park, let alone with the revolving door of restaurants in Soho, Covent Garden and, of course, the Square Mile, the 10th annual London Restaurant Festival could be the highlights reel you’ve been waiting for.
The festival is a month-long celebration of dining out across the city, with more than 350 restaurants taking part in a series of gastronomic tours, tasting menus, and one-off dining experiences, all designed to showcase the Capital’s culinary chops.
Tickets for the international chef-hosted dining experiences, starring the likes of Australian Bill Granger, Galician chef Javier Ollero and French Michelin-starred restaurateur Anne-Sophie Pic were snapped up weeks ago, as were most spots for LRF’s special Tasting Menus at restaurants around the Capital. But if you’re stomach is already grumbling at these missed opportunities, worry not.
There are still plenty of chances to get your fill of the festival throughout October through more than 250 bespoke menus designed by restaurants to provide diners with a taste of what they stand for, with value to match.
Festival Menus start at £15 and range from the neighbourhood favourites you hoped nobody else knew about all the way up to the Michelin-starred names on every foodie’s wishlist.
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At the top end, Smithfield’s French fine dining institution Club Gascon is back after a refurbishment and better than ever with a four-course set menu starring duck foie gras, barbecued monkfish and guinea fowl with citrus, plus a glass of Champagne for £49.
Sample Yauatcha City’s pillowy prawn and chive steamed dumplings as part of a four-course dim sum menu plus a cocktail for £35, or Cinnamon Kitchen’s spiced-crusted pollock with green curry in a three-course set menu for £29.
Meanwhile, Shoreditch Italian favourite Palatino will plate up anchovy toast, chicken and pistachio meatballs and a seasonal fruit tart for £20, and Clerkenwell’s Foxlow has a two-course menu of modern British favourites like Wiltshire burrata and rump steak with bubbles for £16.
London Restaurant Festival founder Simon Davis says the success of the festival over the last decade is reflective of London’s ‘flourishing’ dining scene.
Festival Menus created specially for London Restaurant Festival are now on sale! At over 300 restaurants, from Michelin-starred to causal dining. BOOK NOW ✨✨✨ pic.twitter.com/kefIPdIhgU
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“Little did we know 10 years ago just how far London’s restaurant scene could travel,” he says.
“London is unquestionably one of the world’s leading culinary destinations and a melting pot of cultures and cuisines from the farthest reaches of the globe. The festival has grown accordingly – celebrating the diversity of London’s restaurants with creative events that encourage everyone to get out there and try something new.”
London Restaurant Festival is on until 31 October.