The London Restaurant Festival will serve up a delicious menu of eats and entertainment this October.
The month long London festival has celebrated London’s thriving culinary culture since 2009 with featured festival menus and restaurant experiences.
More than 200 London restaurants curate special festival menus to satisfy every taste, dining style and price range from October 1 through October 31. Take in the view and three delicious lunch courses at the scenic Babylon Roof Gardens, or plan a date night at M Victoria Street, an award-winning restaurant offering a five course festival menu with free-flowing champagne.
Photo courtesy of M Victoria Street Restaurant.
Restaurant experiences are events curated by the London Restaurant Festival team to highlight the excellent eateries that comprise the London restaurant scene. Events range from chef-hosted lunches to restaurant-hopping tours, and featured 2018 events include Gourmet Odyssey and Eat Art.
Travel across London and beyond in a single meal with one of the festival’s exclusive three course lunch opportunities. Experience the cuisine of three different top London restaurants over three courses, each served with a champagne reception and wine. This year, the festival offers five of these lunchtime events, each of which offer varied cuisines from different cultures and establishments. Indulge in the tastes of Laos, Japan and Australia from Scarlett Green, Laos Cafe and Roka with ‘Flights of Fancy’. Enjoy a course from three different Michelin-Starred restaurants, Club Gasgon, Angler and City Social, with ‘Discover East End’.
Tartare of yellofin tuna, Hass avocado, wasabi, shiso. Photo courtesy of Angler Restaurant.
2018 marks the introduction of the first ever ‘Eat Art’ event to the festival. The event promises an exclusive evening hosted by artists and curators at the Saatchi Gallery. ‘Eat Art’ offers a private gallery tour with cocktails and a four-course dinner at the gallery’s restaurant, Gallery Mess.
Photo courtesy of Saatchi Gallery.
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Though the event promises a busy itinerary for the foodie traveller, we suggest you explore more of the culture, sights and shopping the city has to offer during your stay. London, the original ‘world city’, boasts not only five-star hotels and upscale boutiques, but also charming markets and parks.
The festival hosts events and features special menus in restaurants all over the city, so you will likely find that you are spending quite a bit of time walking around the beautiful London streets. As you hit the pavement, make sure you also hit London’s top street markets, including Old Spitalfields Market, an East End market with trendy and vintage treasures, and Borough Market, which has a gourmet selection of fresh foods from bread, to vegetables, to teas from Monday to Saturday. Visiting the markets is a great way to further immerse yourself into London culture.
The InSpitalfields stall at the Old Spitalfields Market. Photo courtesy of Old Spitalfields Market.
A Walk in the Park
After feasting on London’s finest culinary creations, feast your eyes on the city’s royal parks. Walk off your finest fall meals in London’s finest outdoor spaces, including Richmond Park, with its variety of wildlife, and Hyde Park, found near the city’s most exclusive districts.
A Good Night’s Rest
Rest up between your food and fun-filled London days at some of the most lavish and comfortable hotels. Experience London luxury with an Italian flair at the Baglioni Hotel, located in the heart of the city. Enjoy British sophistication at Brown’s Hotel London in central Mayfair, one of London’s most desired locations.
Photo courtesy of Brown’s Hotel London.
‘Discover East End’ Gourmet Odyssey: Saturday, October 27
‘Flights of Fancy’ Gourmet Odyssey: Tuesday, October 9
‘Eat Art’ at the Saatchi Gallery: Wednesday, October 17
‘Eat Film’ series: Tuesdays October 2, 9, 16, 23, at 7:30 pm
‘Tea Tasting & the Chitra Collection’: Thursday, October 11, Tuesday, October 30
For more on Do, Dine and Spend in London, visit our Destinations page.