Eat your way around the capital with the London Restaurant Festival

The London Restaurant Festival 2012 is gearing up to be the biggest and best of the event’s four-year history.

Taking place from 1-15 October, the festival will see hundreds of London restaurants offering diners special menus featuring discounted dishes and house specialities – all in celebration of the capital’s food-and-drink scene.


In addition, restaurant-themed tours of the capital (courtesy of The Gourmet Odyssey) will swing into action from 29 September. The ‘East End’ tour will take in London’s hippest gastronomic hotspots – from newcomers the Old Bengal Bar and Tramshed, to meat-Meccas Hawksmoor and Brawn. The Classics tour will take diners to stalwarts of the restaurant scene, including Wiltons, Hix at The Albermarle and L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon, while a tour of hot newcomers will see diners visting Novikov, Banca and Brasserie Zédel. At each restaurant, tour-goers can look forward to nibbles and refreshments that showcase that venue’s particular style.

This year, the London Restaurant Festival has also launched Graze – a restaurant-hopping experience that will introduce people to London’s most vibrant foodie enclaves through a selection of their restaurants. The tours will take in popular burger joint Honest Burgers, located in Brixton Market’s foodie hub, pit-stops at Morito and Caravan on bohemian, bunting-strewn Exmouth Market, gourmet delights at Coco Momo on Marylebone High Street, sensational small plates at Ducksoup in streetwise Soho, and pimped up hot dogs with Champagne at Bubbledogs in Fitzrovia. The tours will run from 2-14 October.

One-off events

What’s more, the entire festival will see one-off events going on all over the capital, including:

  • The Big Debate: industry experts debate the motion ‘the more we look, the less we cook’ – whether TV and celebrity chefs are killing cooking.
  • Street ThEATre: a street-food market celebrating the gastronomy diversity that London represents, hosted in partnership with and the Old Vic Tunnels.
  • Eat Film: food-related film screenings taking place at Firmdale Hotels.
  • Game On: food writer Tom Parker Bowles and TV chef Michaela Chiappa host two celebrations of game season.
  • Gastropub Quiz: 100 London pubs will host simultaneous pub quizzes.
  • Tapas crawls: ticket holders can experience traditional tapas from all over the city.
  • Kitchen Influentials: a one-off lunch cooked by renowned UK chefs including Michel Roux Jr, Bruno Loubet, Rowley Leigh, Valentine Warner and Mark Hix, with the help of their protégés, family members or friends (exclusive event for American Express Cardmembers).

Special menus

Find out which restaurants are offering special menus during London Restaurant Festival 2012:

Please note: many restaurants only offer online booking during the festival.

Book tickets

To get involved in any of these events, check out the festival’s website. Prices for special menus and foodie events start at £10.