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London is the food and drink capital of the UK

Isabelle Aron

When it comes to food and drink, there isn't much you can't get your hands on in London. Where else can you inhale your booze through a walk-in cocktail cloud, mix your own drink in a 'Breaking Bad'-style bar or eat your way through a 200-course tasting menu? But just in case you were in any doubt about London's food and drink credentials, it's now been crowned the culinary capital of the UK. According to figures from Eventbrite, London has the most food and drink events of any UK city, with a 29 percent increase in the number of events in the past year, compared to last year.

It seems we're all partial to a G&T because the biggest growing trend in London was gin events, which have increased by 142 percent since this time last year. But when we're not knocking back gin, we're scoffing our way through brunch, which is obviously the most important meal of the day as its popularity has increased by 124 percent. Other trends in London were weird food and drink pairings (foie gras doughnuts, anyone?), cheese and whisky. All the healthy stuff, then.

We're not ones to gloat but to all those smug 'I'm leaving London' folks, let us say this: the rent might be cheaper outside of the M25, but if a trip to Zizzi is as good as it gets in the culinary department then we're quite happy staying put.

Feast your eyes on nine London dishes that will boggle your brain.


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