A Guide to London Restaurant Festival in October

How’s your diary looking? The weekend has never looked better with such an engaging collection of London restaurants, cafés, and eateries as they play host to a variety of events, tours and tastings to beguile even the pickiest of eaters.

Move over pandemic, and enter the London Restaurant Festival 2021. Be sure to clear your calendars for the rest of the month. 

As the sun sets and the evening breeze caves in, there is no better way to bunker down than in a charming London eatery. Paying homage to great food in London, London Restaurant Festival is the perfect excuse to celebrate London’s eclectic food scene and try some new dishes. Hey, maybe you might even find a new favourite, or even turn vegan! 

The Best of London Restaurants This Month

So if you’re an avid London foodie or travelling to London this month, the city’s restaurant game is up there among the top players of the world, bringing wackier than ever options.

Think indulgent vegan Mac’N’Cheese, burgers on the terrace (pray for a sunny day), chargrilled cauliflower steaks, chilli ‘non’ carne (that’s right), saffron scotch eggs, quail Wellington, and traditional Sunday roast. Celebrate the best of London eateries from over 200 glorious venues.

Culinary connoisseurs, street food enthusiasts, and Michelin Star pilgrims can all find something to whet their appetites. With exclusive menus on offer, there will be something for everyone. 

Fan favourites? Restaurant-hopping tours of legendary London venues, a tour for tapas joints and a selection of borough-based excursions. A fantastic way to experience an introduction to London’s international gastronomy at its best.

Hand-picked tasting menus range from four to eight courses including drinks, in addition to unmissable masterclasses and Top Ten Cuisines, from the likes of Tom Aikens, Adam Handling, Anne-Sophie Pic, Monica Galetti and Russell Norman.

Not to be missed are events at the two Michelin-starred Greenhouse, Ollie Dabbous’ menu at the Michelin-starred Hide and an organic dinner at Natural Kitchen.

Enjoy a magical month with specifically curated menus, tasty cocktails, and more!

Be sure to book a table or event at one of the participating London restaurants and be treated to these exclusive menus or activities created for the festival.

Here’s a flavour of what you can expect!

The London Restaurant Festival runs until October 31st, visit londonrestaurantfestival.com

London Cocktail Week

If mixology is more your thing, London Cocktail Week is also taking place right now. You can find exclusive deals at the biggest cocktail festival in the world as well as cocktail-themed activities in hundreds of spots across the city

Simply purchase your festival wristband for just £15, which gives you access to £7 signature cocktails at 250 awesome bars across London.

What’s more, there’s also a bunch of cocktail tours, events and pop-ups taking place across the month.

Covent Garden is hosting the cocktail pop-up of 40 bars giving you plenty of great options. Choose a signature cocktail at the new two-floor multi-sensory bar experience created by The London Essence Co. or perhaps opt for a classic martini at a smaller cocktail pop-up.

London Cocktail Week runs until October 31st, visit londoncocktailweek.com

Bonjourno! Treat Your Taste Buds to Some Italian Delights

Weekend in Tuscany? Yes please! Well almost…Just to add a twist to your October calendar, London sees the opening of Il Borro Tuscan Bistro in Mayfair, the first UK outpost of the Ferragamo family’s Il Borro Estate. Formerly occupied by Nobu Berkeley Street, you can find the Italian bistro here.

There’s nothing quite as comforting as a huge bowl of homemade pasta. And now you can experience authentic, traditional Tuscan cuisine accompanied by organic wines from the vast Il Borro vineyards.

Sourced from the estate’s organic farm in Arezzo, some of the ingredients include honey, olive oil and vegetables.

Visit ilborrotuscanbistro.co.uk for more information.

So if you haven’t got much lined up for the rest of the month, now you do (have a scroll through our previous post which lists plenty to do in London!). Get ready to treat those taste buds and dive into a world of bar takeovers and immersive experiences.

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