London Culinary Events
Hungry? Need to fill your culinary calendar? Here is where you will find all the restaurant and culinary happenings in London. We feature a 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. Keep checking back so you can know all that's going on in the world of restaurant and food events in London. We've also got the latest London Restaurant News and Wine Events.
Join fellow food enthusiasts for 2014's four-day Taste of London event at Regent's Park. Among the dozens of exhibitors will be London restaurants such as Bar Boulud, Tamarind and Club Gascon. A variety of ticket types are available, from Standard (£24 in advance, £28 at door) to VIP (£60 in advance, £70 at door). For more information, visit www.tastefestivals.com/london
The Great British Beer Festival will return August 12-16, 2014, featuring more than 900 cask and bottled ales, ciders and foreign beers. Olympia London has been set as the venue. Tickets cost £10 for each day or £26 for a season pass for non-members (prices are £8 for each day or £22 for a season pass for members). For more information, visit gbbf.org.uk
London Cocktail Week is scheduled to return October 6-12, 2014. This celebration of spirits includes The Whisky Show and RumFest, as well as bar tours, master classes, tastings and cocktail competitions. For more information, visit www.diffordsguide.com/london-cocktail-week
The London Restaurant Festival (October 9-27) 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 www.londonrestaurantfestival.com
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.
In addition to its Fashion Afternoon Tea, The Mandeville Hotel London has introduced Men's Afternoon Tea at the deVille Restaurant. On offer are more masculine items like roast sirloin sandwiches, chicken satay, and chocolate brownies, as well as a selection of whiskies. Tea service starts at £23.50. The Mandeville Hotel London, Mandeville Place, London W1U 2BE, 020-7935 5599.
If you've tried the crab dishes at Indian restaurant Trishna, you've tasted some of the best. Now the restaurant is offering Crab Master Classes every Sunday. Executive chef Ravi Deulkar will show you the secrets of cooking live Dorset crabs with Indian spicing, and in the style of the southwest coast of India. Then it's a 3-course crab tasting menu with matching wines in the private dining room. Book early as numbers are limited. £60 per person. Book by telephone or on firstname.lastname@example.org. Trishna, 15-17 Blandford St., London W1, 020-7935 5624.
Galvin at Windows, atop The London Hilton on Park Lane, is one of London's top venues, with a fabulous view and a first-rate chef. But if the restaurant seems too full on at lunch, then try the good-value, seasonally changing bar menu. Take a selection of small tapas-style dishes like Scottish salmon, Dorset crab, avocado and pink ginger (£7), risotto of mushrooms and Parmesan (£6), steak with pommes purée (£12), and a cheese plate (£6) accompanied by specially priced drinks - a glass of Champagne at £6.50 or large glasses of wine from £5 to £7, and you have a rare feast at affordable prices. It's served Monday to Friday noon to 3pm (last orders). Galvin at Windows, The London Hilton on Park Lane , 22 Park Ln., 28th Floor, London W1K 1BE, 020-7208 4021.
The Marriott Hanbury Manor Hotel & Country Club offers a Jazz Lunch every Sunday in the Oakes Grill Restaurant. Relax to the tune of a three-course gourmet buffet lunch, a glass of champagne and a live jazz band. £29.50 per person. For more information, visit Marriott.co.uk/STNGS or call 0870-400-7322. Oakes Grill Restaurant at the Marriott Hanbury Manor, Thundridge, Ware, Hertfordshire SG12 OSD.
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