London Culinary Events
Need to fill your culinary calendar? Here is where you will find all the restaurant and culinary happenings in London. GAYOT's calendar of special dinners, tasting menus, prix-fixe meals, food festivals and other culinary events, including regularly occurring food events as well as special one-time-only events featuring top chefs. We've also got the latest London Restaurant News and Wine Events.
January 8-February 12
The normally private members club on floors 39 and 40 of The Gherkin will open to the public for Masterchef: The Professionals judge Monica Galetti's latest pop-up on a series of dates between January and February. Searcys at The Gherkin will play host to Galetti's set lunch and dinner menu, showcasing seasonal wintry dishes, with restaurant head chef Renee Miller overseeing things day-to-day. The 3-course lunch will be £45 and the 3-course dinner £55. Searcys at The Gherkin, The Gherkin, 30 St Mary Axe, London EC3A 8EP, 020-7071 5025.
February 12-April 9
Albert Adrià, equally well known brother of Ferran Adrià of elBulli fame, will be launching a 50-day residency at Hotel Café Royal to celebrate its 150th birthday. The experience will include cocktails and snacks in the Oscar Wilde Bar, followed by a meal in The Domino restaurant with Albert at the helm in the kitchen. Cost is £150 excluding wine and service. Booking is now open for what will be some of the hottest tickets in town. Call 0207 406 3344 from 9 a.m.-5.30 p.m. Monday to Saturday, or email email@example.com. The Domino, Hotel Café Royal, 68 Regent St., London W1B 4DY, 020-7406 3333.
Through April 2016
Street Feast's indoor night market Hawker House is back, and this time it’s heading over to Canada Water. Following a very successful winter stint in Dalston last year, it will this time be showcasing two floors of street food, bars and its now-famous whisky roulette, in a warehouse on Canada Street. New for this year is Neil Rankin's Meat Hook, Argentine-style, three-meter-long, whole-animal grill; and Up In My Grill, serving hunks of meat with shoestring fries and chimichurri. There'll be 13 street food vendors to choose from, and six bars serving everything from craft beer to classic cocktails. Hawker House will stay there until April 2016, with a Christmas break from December 12 to January 29. Street Feast's Hawker House, Canada St., London SE16 2XU, no phone.
The Dorchester will be serving its Afternoon Tea outside of its Hyde Park Corner location for the first time in its 75-year history. Visitors to the RHS Chelsea Flower Show in May will be given the opportunity to attend a £60 Afternoon Tea pop-up created by the hotel's head pastry chef David Girard in the on-site restaurant. RHS Chelsea Flower Show, Royal Hospital Chelsea, London SW3 4SL, No phone.
The London Restaurant Festival (October 1-31, 2016) is an umbrella event for all sorts of foodie and food-related happenings across London. You can go on gastronomic walks and road trips, see films themed around food, listen to debates, and a whole lot more. For more information visit the official website
Club Gascon offers a Chef's Special three-course menu for £28 from 6:30 p.m.-7 p.m. and after 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Guests may encounter such dishes as a black pudding tart with truffle vinaigrette and aromatic broad beans or glazed ox cheek with iced Worcestershire. Club Gascon, 57 West Smithfield, London EC1A 9DS, 020-7796 0600.
Obika Mozzarella Bar is offering a free tasting plate (fresh buffalo mozzarella, crostini with n'duja, a slice of artisan pizza, or a piece of stuffed focaccia) when you order a drink. The special is available Monday to Friday between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. Obika Mozzarella Bar, 35 Bank St., London E14, 020-3239 8010.
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