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Review : Taste of London at Regent’s Park – 14th to 18th June 2017

Regent’s Park is once again transformed for a foodie festival with the return of Taste of London. The festival is in its 15th edition and has become a popular celebration of good food and drink and offers visitors the opportunity to sample dishes from some of the top London restaurants such as Duck & Waffle, Club Gascon, Roka, The Cinnamon Club, Oldroyd, Ember Yard, L’Autre Pied, Temper and many more.

The warm weather and sunny skies drew in the crowds for the Thursday afternoon session with a relaxing festival vibe with plenty of free samples for the hungry crowds to sample as they made their way around the festival site.

Whether it is the authentic Turkish delight in the Taste of Turkey or watching top chefs at the AEG Taste Theatre. the festival provides a large range of food and drink related experiences.

The smell from the aromatic dishes in the pop up restaurants may be difficult to resist but there are plenty of other foodie entertainment dotted around the site. The AEG Taste Theatre and other presentations have World-class chefs like Tom Kerridge, Thomasina Miers, Marcus Samuelsson, Jose Pizarro and Alex Atala, providing plenty of advice and an opportunity to see their expertise close up.

New this year is The Taste Residence which features some of the top chefs in the world, intimate groups of diners are treated to an exclusive fine dining experience designed, and delivered by the chefs themselves which include Alex Atala of 2 Michelin-starred D.O.M, World’s 50 Best’s Female Chef of the Year Ana Roš and Ollie Dabbous of 1 Michelin-starred Dabbous.

If you want to get more involved there are plenty of opportunities to take part in interactive masterclasses and demonstrations and try a range of complimentary activities including champagne, wine, whiskey and craft beer tastings.

If you are looking for something different, head towards the food markets where there are more than 200 artisan producers and manufacturers offering exclusive and unique products with plenty of opportunities to sample before you buy.

Part of the popularity of the Taste of London festival is that there is something for everyone, if you are looking for something special you can treat yourself in the VIP Lounge or sip Champagne in the Laurent – Perrier Club House. If you are a dedicated foodie there are over 170 dishes from 40 top restaurants to tempt you. However, the festival is equally appealing if you just want a relaxing session listening to music with plenty of food and drink options to enjoy.

Each session at the Taste of London lasts between 4-5 hours and that gives you plenty of time to enjoy your pick of restaurant dishes, browse the artisan stalls and enjoy some of the many attractions.

Visiting London Guide Rating – Highly Recommended

For more information or book tickets, visit the Taste of London website here

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Book Review : Eat Like A Londoner by Tania Ballantine ( Francis Lincoln Ltd )

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London has over 5000 restaurants which cover a vast range of establishments and cuisines, whilst having a choice is wonderful, it can make the selection of eating out a bit of a lottery. This book, Eat Like A Londoner by Tania Ballantine, an insider’s guide to dining out will make sure the odds are in your favour that you try to find a satisfying place to eat in London. The author has been a London restaurant critic for the last decade, reviewing for the capital’s best-regarded publications. She has worked at Time Out London and  was  a judge in the Time Out restaurant awards. She has also wrote articles for Square Meal, Food and Travel, Women’s Health and The Times. This extensive experience means that the book takes locals and visitors beyond the obvious destinations and highlights the places that have built great reputations for food and service. These establishments vary from the top end restaurants to local eateries, neighbourhoods and markets. This variety is broken down into themed chapters which include Cult Classics, Small & Buzzy, Perfect Pitstops, Late Night, Special Occasions, Something for the Weekend, Sensational Settings, Around the World and Sweet Stuff.

Hundreds of restaurants open in London every year but few stand the test of time, the chapter entitled Cult Classic lists some of those who have managed to not only survive in a highly competitive market but go from strength to strength. High on many good food lists is Dabbous named after chef/patron Ollie Dabbous which offers haute cuisine with a bit of an edge. Equally popular is the Harwood Arms, the first London pub to receive a Michelin star. Hunan, Polpo and Roka are other notable restaurants that often feature on the must visit lists.

The book reflects the modern features of dining, in an increasingly busy world, restaurants have to respond to the modern consumers who may expect establishments to cater for them at different times and for different moods. The sections on Small & Buzzy, Perfect Pitstops and Late Night highlight the trend away from formal dining.
The chapter on Special Occasions considers another aspect of the London dining experience, finding restaurants to go in a group or with a date for that intimate meal. Brassiere Zedel, Flesh & Bun, Foxlow and Pizza Pilgrims provide plenty of options for a group, whilst Bob Bob Ricard, Fischer’s and Hakkasan will impress any potential partner.

Most Londoners look forward to the weekend and often go out for breakfast or brunch or find a gastropub to enjoy a Sunday roast. The Something for the Weekend chapter offers plenty of options from E Pellici, a traditional East End cafe to the highly rated pub, the Bull & Last in Highgate. For all the wonderful ambience of a restaurant, some visitors may want to have a view to look at whilst they tuck into their meal. The chapter, Sensational Settings provides a number of restaurants that provide that something extra. The Boundary Rooftop, Min Jiang and Sushisamba offer a room with a view, meanwhile the Lido cafe and Shoryu offer a different kind of alfresco dining.

The Around the World chapter pays tribute to the large variety of cuisines available in London, often certain areas are known for a particular countries cuisine, Chinatown being an obvious example. Middle Eastern, South Asian and Vietnamese are some of the most enduring cuisines in London and some of the best establishments are listed. However some Steak Houses, Tapas bars, Sushi and Dim Sum establishments get an honourable mention. For those with a sweet tooth, the final chapter offers some hints where to find the best cakes, chocolate, ice cream and pastries.

Each chapter has a number of attractive photographs of the food and dining rooms, it also gives a run down of a number of restaurants which explain what is special about dining there, the location and address is added with phone number, website and nearest tube station. At the back of the book is a couple of maps with the various restaurants marked to give idea of their location in the various London neighbourhoods.   This provides all the information you need to make an informed decision about whether the restaurant appeals to you.

Eat Like A Londoner is a well written, informative and attractive book that offers more than 100 eating establishments for the reader to discover. The author offers something for everyone with advice on where to go for a fast meal or that special occasion. London restaurants have changed beyond recognition in the last 25 years, this book is an invaluable guide to enjoy some of the capital’s culinary delights.

Visiting London Guide Rating – Highly Recommended

If you would like further information or buy a copy of the book, visit the publisher’s website here

 London Visitors is the official blog for the Visiting London Guide .com website. The website was developed to bring practical advice and the latest up to date news and reviews of events in London.
Since our launch in 2014, we have attracted thousands of readers each month, the site is constantly updated.
We have sections on Museums and Art Galleries, Transport, Food and Drink, Places to Stay, Security, Music, Sport, Books and many more.
There are also hundreds of links to interesting articles on our blog.
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