“When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life” said Samuel Johnson, and boy was he right. Our vibrant city always has something new to try or do, whether that be dining in an igloo (remember when that was a thing?) or eating bugs for your supper (which will soon be a thing). In order to showcase London's dazzling schedule of foodie events, we’ve rounded up some top chef dinners that you need to know about.
Phil Howard at Chucs Serpentine, Kensington
When: 7 March
What: Renowned chef Phil Howard, of Elystan Street fame, will partner up with Chucs Serpentine for a one-night only dinner. You can expect to tuck into the likes of roasted octopus with sweet pepper and chilli hummus, baked fennel, blood orange and olive oil, or perhaps rib of aged cumbrian beef with wild mushrooms, potato galettes, truffle emulsion and red wine.
Where: Sackler Gallery, West Carriage Drive, W2 2AR
Judy Joo, Asma Khan and Mira Manek at JinJuu, Soho
When: 8 March
What: In order to mark International Women’s Day, accomplished chef Judy Joo has invited some of her Carnaby neighbours to come and cook up a storm. The one-off collaborative dinner will feature Asma Khan of Darjeeling Express and Mira Manek of Chai by Mira, and will see the chef's cook a three-course feast bringing together Korean and Indian cuisine. Dishes will include lamb and kimchi pilau with beetroot raita, and vegan saffron cheesecake with a miso caramel glaze.
Where: 15 Kingly Street, W1B 5PS
Tom Kerridge at The Gate Restaurant, Twickenham
When: 4 April
What: Two-Michelin starred chef Tom Kerridge will be making his way to Twickenham Stadium in April, to host a one-off dinner at the venue’s Gate restaurant. The evening will kick off with a cocktails and canapés reception, before guests sit down to enjoy a five-course feast followed by the opportunity to meet the chef. During the evening, ex Rugby World Cup winner Kyran Bracken MBE will also be hosting a Q&A joined by MasterChef semi-finalist Neil Black MBE.
Where: Rugby House, 200 Whitton Road, Twickenham, Middlesex, TW2 7BA
Jason Robinson at Whatley Manor, Wiltshire
When: 24 April
What: Ok, so Jason Robinson isn’t a famous chef, but he is famous for his time on the Rugby pitch. He’ll be hosting an evening at Whatley Manor on 24 April following The Six Nations. Tickets include a Deutz Champagne reception with canapés, followed by a four-course dinner with accompanying wines, coffee and treats. Of course, you’ll also get a chance to hear from the man himself, as he discusses the most challenging and memorable moments of his career.
Where: Easton Grey Malmesbury, Wiltshire, SN16 0RB