We Londoners are pretty lucky when it comes to food, with one of the most exciting restaurant scenes in the world right on our doorstep. If you’re having trouble tasting all the capital’s gastronomic goodness, you’re in luck, as Taste of London is back for another five-day gastronomic celebration bringing together an exceptional line-up of London’s most exciting restaurants. From June 14-18 Regent’s Park will be transformed into a nosh nirvana with 150 mouth-watering dishes, a veritable feast of food and drink masterclasses, live entertainment and a gourmet food market. Here’s why you should loosen your belt and pay a visit:
1. Create your perfect tasting menu from 40 of London’s best restaurants
Taste your way around London’s best restaurants by grabbing yourself dishes from 40 of the city’s latest, greatest and most innovative eateries. More than 160 tantalising, taster-sized dishes will be available, including classic French cuisine from the beautiful brasserie Les 110 de Taillevent, seasonal European dishes from Oldroyd, fine Indian fare from Mayfair’s Jamavar, Roka’s sushi and Japanese dishes and gourmet vegetarian food from Vanilla Black. ‘The Daily Special’ rotating restaurant spot this year also sees gastronomic brilliance from Portland, which will serve up its Michelin-starred modern European dishes – all proceeds of which will go to Refugee Community Kitchen – plus Bao’s exceptional buns and modern Indian cuisine from Kricket.
2. Help renowned chefs create tastebud-tingling dishes
Stars of the capital’s culinary world, including auspicious names such as Tom Kerridge, Nathan Outlaw, Thomasina Miers and Francesco Mazzei, will be cooking up a storm in the AEG Taste Theatre in association with Etihad Airways. They’ll be demonstrating how they create their most revered meals and you can get involved too by helping to prepare dishes created live on stage and tasting the freshly prepared plates.
3. Try your hand at some mouth-watering masterclasses
Fancy a go at making mouth-watering grub yourself? Get involved in one of the many masterclasses on offer. Skill yourself in the art of cheese-making, cake-decorating or learn to mix cocktails and pair whisky; whatever your taste they’ve got it covered. Can’t seem to get your home-cooked bolognese up to restaurant standard? No sweat; AEG’s ‘Take Taste Further Perfecting the Classics’ cookery school will give you all the tricks and tips you need to improve your culinary repertoire and impress at your next dinner party.
4. Fill your bags with artisanal food and drink
The friendly farmers’ market also gets a gourmet twist at Taste of London. You’ll be able to wander through 200 stands offering everything from award-winning cheeses and fine wines to traditionally cured meats, all sourced from a selection of the UK’s finest artisan producers and boutique brands. That means you can fill your bags with luxury fodder and take it all home to impress your foodie friends.
Taste of London will be taking over Regent’s Park from Wed June 14 to Sun June 18. Get your ticket through Time Out here and you’ll receive 48 percent off and a complimentary glass of Champagne Laurent-Perrier La Cuvée or Pilsner Urquell.