Taste of London: The Festive Edition

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Taste of London: The Festive Edition

Time Out says

Taste of London is back for a three-day Christmas nosh-fest. The ultimate foodie festival is parking up at Wapping’s Tobacco Dock with a selection of exciting London restaurants for you to try dishes from including Nonna Tonda, Barbecoa, Bao and Hopper's, and firm favourites Xu and Rigo. Cocktail masterclasses will prepare you for hosting season and a shopping quarter will see you stocking up on edible Christmas gifts.

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I love Taste festivals as I love discovering and tasting new food and drink but I was disappointed with this one this Christmas as I found Tobacco Docks too crowded. I think the venue is a bit too cramped for Taste festivals especially as Tarts festivals are so popular. However the stalls that were there was all great and supplied great food and drink.


Having attended Taste Of London both in summer and winter, I personally prefer the one in summer.

I was expecting the restaurants to be set up in Tobacco Dock's rooms with plenty of seating, but the rooms were mostly designated to the producers market and a few alcoholic drink brands that had transformed the rooms into bars and lounges. The restaurants, which in my opinion is the best part about this festival, were set up in stalls and not many seats available. Also, there are more restaurants in the summer festival to choose from.

If you have never been to this festival altogether, you should expect long queues and quite pricey dishes (for the portion size you get).

Having said all that, it's one of my favourite foodie events. I love exploring the producers markets and trying loads of delicious samples. You can attend cooking or baking classes too. Basically a great opportunity to spend time with friends or family and have a good time.


I've never been to the venue before but it's stunning. I was at the Taste of London event on Saturday evening and this old warehouse, decked out with Xmas decorations, part inside, part outside was a joy. I've avoided Taste of London events before because of the ticket price and fears that I'd end up spending lots of money. That's exactly what I did. What I thought would be the main event was a bit of a letdown: tasting plates of dishes from highly regarded London restaurants - the queues were long and prices high. You basically get 2 or 3 mouthfuls for £5-7. I would have love to have tasted more but most of the dishes I'd had my eye on had run out by 8pm. The highlight was actually all of the stalls and producer's market. Lots of delicious new foodie things to try, from sauces and chutneys to sausages, gin and popcorn. There were a few well known names and lots of newcomers trying to get their name out. I wouldn't say food or drink wise the event was particularly Christmassy but I did buy a few gifts. The crowds and dish prices let this event down for me, but shopping opportunities and venue left me happy.