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London on a Plate: press events with the London Media Centre

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SquareMealLogoLarge.pngSquare Meal is the Official Content Partner with the London Media Centre during the 2012 Olympics. Find out about food-and-drink tours, chef Q&As and other events taking place across the capital for international media. Press only.

Square Meal Tours of London

No-bookings Restaurants

‘No Reservations’ – restaurants that don’t accept bookings – is currently London’s hottest trend. On this Square Meal guided tour of Soho, the city’s current hotbed of new openings, we explore the restaurants that started it all, meet the people behind them and the coolest new arrivals and sample the food that diners queue for.

This event is suitable for both print and broadcast media (participants would need to understand and speak English). Spaces are limited to 15 and RSVPs are essential.

Spuntino_2011_-_Spuntino2.jpgDate: Tuesday 31st July.
Estimated timings: 3pm – Meet in Soho (exact location tbc), until 5.30pm
The tour will visit the following five restaurants:
Barrafina
Copita
Ducksoup
Spuntino (pictured, right)
Vinoteca

Please request your place here.

London Street Food

street food1 - streetfood1.jpgJoin the street-food revolution. On this early lunchtime tour, we visit Eat Street in King's Cross, home to a collective of London's top food trucks and the first market of its kind in the capital. We talk to the vendors themselves, sample anything from banh mi to BBQ ribs, and find out how street food is becoming part of London's culinary landscape.

This event is suitable for both print and broadcast media (participants would need to speak English). Spaces are limited to 15 and RSVPs are essential.

Date: Friday 10th August 11am – 12.30pm
Location: Eat Street, Kings Boulevard, N1C

Request your place here.

The Borough Market Experience

borough market - Borough_Market_iStock_000000999160Medium.jpgExplore London's most famous food market with Simon Boyle, the chef from Brigade (a local restaurant and cooking school). Simon will take you around the market and introduce you to his favourite stallholders, picking up ingredients for your cookery class and dinner along the way. Back at Brigade, there will be a Champagne and canapé reception in the bar, after which you will head upstairs to the cookery school to prepare your food and then sit down to enjoy it over dinner with matching wines.

This event is suitable for both print and broadcast media (participants would need to understand and speak English). Spaces are limited to 25 and RSVPs are essential.

Date: Friday 3 August.
Estimated timings: 3pm meet at Monmouth Coffee shop in Borough Market; 3.15pm market tour; 4.30pm Champagne reception; 5.15pm cookery class; 6.30pm dinner
Please request your place by emailing: [email protected]

East London Bar Tour

69 Colebrook Row - MG_7263_web.jpgWe will be inviting 15 global press (drinks, bars, spirits) to visit four of Shoreditch’s best bars, from the elegant to the eccentric, for an exciting opportunity to try out their very different house cocktail styles and to get a feel for each of these unique drinking dens. Bars on the hit list include 69 Colebrooke Row, Hawksmoor, Happiness Forgets and Callooh Callay. The tour will be led by two Square Meal/Imbibe staff members who can give a little more information on each bar and introduce the visiting press. Each bar will serve their signature cocktail.

Date: Tuesday 7th August 4-6pm

Request your place here.

Traditional Pubs Tour

Hand & Shears 03 - Hand_Shears_03.jpgIf there is anything that shouts London, it's the snug, history-ridden, hole-in-the-wall pubs that you would otherwise miss if you weren't already in the know. Get a taste of old London with Square Meal, as we take you on a historic pub tour through Clerkenwell. Experience one of Charles Dickens' favourite Fleet Street haunts and a death-row drinking den.

This event is suitable for both print and broadcast media. Spaces are limited to 10 and RSVPs are essential.

Date: Monday 13th August
Time: 3-5.30pm
The tour will visit the following three pubs:
Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese
Ye Olde Mitre
Hand & Shears (pictured, right)

Request your place here.

Square Meal Talks

Best of British

marcus wareing - Marcus_Wareing_Taste.jpgThink back to the 1970s and 1980s, and the rest of the world used to pour scorn on British food. But now this reputation has changed completely, thanks in part to the wonderful produce available in the UK, but also due to the multitude of top-quality British restaurants that are – quite rightly – the envy of the world.

The real stars responsible for this turnaround are the chefs, and four of the best will take you through the evolution of British food and how it’s gone from zero to hero: Fergus Henderson (St John), Mark Hix (Hix, Hix at The Albemarle, Tramshed), Jeremy Lee (Quo Vadis), and Marcus Wareing (Marcus Wareing at The Berkeley, The Gilbert Scott).

This event is suitable for both print and broadcast media. Spaces are limited to 100 and RSVPs are essential.

Read potted chef biographies of the chefs participating in this tour here:
Fergus Henderson
Mark Hix
Jeremy Lee
Marcus Wareing (pictured right)

Date: Tuesday 7th August
Time: 9am
Location: London Media Centre (1 Great George Street, London SW1P 3AA)
Please request your place by emailing: [email protected]

Melting-pot London

cinnamon club salmon with green-pea salsa - Cinnamon_Club_wine_and_spice_dinner.jpgLondon is one of the world’s most culturally diverse cities and this rich variety is reflected in its restaurant scene. Using one of Britain’s favourite cuisines, Indian, as a springboard, this round-table discussion will ask why ethnic cuisine – from bang-for-your-buck curry houses and Vietnamese food carts to Michelin-starred Chinese and Japanese restaurants – has taken such a firm foothold in London.

Hear the unique insights of successful Indian chefs Atul Kochhar (owner, Benares), Alfred Prasad (executive chef, Tamarind), Vivek Singh (executive chef and CEO, Cinnamon Club, pictured right) and top food writer Ravinder Bhogal (author of Cook in Boots) and get the chance to ask them questions.

This event is suitable for both print and broadcast media. Spaces are limited to 100 and RSVPs are essential.

Read potted chef biographies of the chefs participating in this tour here:

the dispensary_ravinder bhogal 2012 - Ravinder-Bhogal_resized.jpgAtul Kochhar
Alfred Prasad
Vivek Singh
Ravinder Bhogal (pictured, right)

Date: Monday 6th August
Time: 10am
Location: London Media Centre (1 Great George Street, London SW1P 3AA)
Please request your place by emailing: [email protected]

The Future of Food: a media Q&A with Heston Blumenthal

heston blumenthal 2012 the fat duck - 2012_HESTON._29-(credit-Neal-Haynes).jpgInfluential and experimental British chef Heston Blumenthal, owner of the world-famous Fat Duck, joins Ben McCormack, editor of Square Meal, for a media Q&A session. The man who wowed us with snail porridge and bacon-and-egg ice cream, and then delved into the history books for inspiration for his latest restaurant, Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, will be discussing the future of food. From current trends to future predictions, Heston gives us a peek into his innovative mind.

This event is suitable for both print and broadcast media. Spaces are limited to 100 and RSVPs are essential.

Read Square Meal's potted biography for Heston Blumenthal here.

Date: Friday 10th August
Time: 3pm
Location: London Media Centre (1 Great George Street, London SW1P 3AA)
Please request your place by emailing: [email protected]

About Square Meal

Since 1990, Square Meal has been an independent, market-leading restaurant commentator, with up-to-date reviews of 5,700 London and UK restaurants and bars, written by a team of independent critics with the aid of comments from thousands of restaurant customers.

Its award-winning website, squaremeal.co.uk, covers restaurants and bars by area, style and price, with ratings and reviews of each establishment, and is updated continuously. It also offers useful lists of restaurants organised by theme, special offers and events, as well as interviews and features, and much more. Restaurants do not pay for inclusion.

In addition to its online presence, Square Meal’s portfolio of products includes Square Meal Restaurants & Bars (a printed guide), Square Meal Lifestyle magazine, Square Meal Venues & Events, an app and an e-newsletter.

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Contact the team:

Editor: Ben McCormack
[email protected]; 020 7840 6278

News and online editor: Nicky Evans
[email protected]; 020 7840 6267

Assistant online editor: Ami Kang
[email protected]; 020 7840 5248

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