Taste of London, Regent’s Park, London (June)
Feted as the world’s greatest restaurant festival, Taste of London is a giant summer garden party. Held in Regent’s Park each June, it attracts over 50,000 foodies every year.
Taste of London’s Summer Festival is held in Regent’s Park
Unlike most food festivals where the emphasis is on street food, Taste of London is all about eating restaurant dishes. Even better, they’re all dishes from London’s top eating establishments. There’s a staggering menu of more than 200 taster size dishes to choose from. It’s the equivalent of a food lover’s giant sweetie box and it comes packaged in one of London’s prettiest parks. Invite your friends, wear your floaty summer dress and enjoy a cocktail as you feast your eyes upon the extensive menu and decide what to eat.The Foodie Travel Guide
- Eat dishes from London’s top restaurants
- Watch chef demos
- Shop at the Small Producers Market
- Take part in masterclasses
Create Your Own Restaurant Menu
Once you’ve visited Taste of London, it’s hard not to be drawn back each year. Take a beautiful summer’s day in a London park, add some of the city’s most exciting restaurants, mix it with Britain’s most renowned or artisan drinks producers, invite the country’s top culinary stars, and it becomes an irresistible combination for London’s foodies. Meet up with your friends and have fun dining at all your favourite pop ups. Big names in the line up for 2016 included Spanish chef José Pizarro, Michel Roux’s Parliament Square and the Heddon Street Kitchen, which is part of Gordon Ramsay’s Restaurant Group.
Learn From The Master Chefs
You’ll see plenty of stars of the culinary world live on stage giving demos. Over the course of the festival, more than seventy chefs prepare some of their favourite dishes. Watch and you’ll pick up their best tips and tricks in the process.
Enjoy a summer cocktail
A good problem to ponder at Taste of London is deciding what to drink because there are so many great choices. Enjoy the garden party atmosphere by sipping a Champagne cocktail at the Laurent-Perrier Clubhouse, start with a gin and tonic from Sipsmith or try an Apérol spritz. If you like to learn and drink at the same time, book into a whisky masterclass at The Balvenie Lounge and become a whisky connoisseur.
Shop for Artisan Products
Some of the UK’s finest artisan producers and boutique brands make browsing the Small Producers Market another tasting treat. There’s black pudding from Scotland, cheese from Snowdonia, cider from Cornwall and charcuterie from Somerset. Taste from some of our favourite producers – try the English sparkling wine from Hush Heath Estate and Chapel Down Wine in Kent, London Dry Gin from the City of London Distillery and the new craft beers, such as Frontier, brewed at Fuller’s Griffin Brewery in Chiswick.
- Portions are all taster size so you can enjoy several dishes
- Taste of London is an outdoor festival so do come prepared in case the weather changes
- If you’ve enjoyed the festival, put a date in your diary for Taste of London Winter and make a start with your Christmas menu planning and shopping
WHERE TO STAY IN LONDON
A 15-minute walk from Richmond Tube Station,the Bingham features luxurious rooms, some overlooking the River Thames.
Rooms from £92 a night.
The Hotel Zetter
The Zetter Hotel is a quirky, award-winning boutique hotel located in fashionable Clerkenwell, London.
Rooms from £135 a night.
They tell me only Guide Dogs are permitted on site.