London Restaurant Festival begins

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The Gherkin is on the right above the London bus. Imagine what you would see looking out from the Helix on clear night!

Tomorrow is the opening day of the month long festival.

Now in its tenth year, the festival is an opportunity for visitors (and residents) to try out some of the capital’s world-class restaurants.

OK, you can do that any time so what is special about the month?

For a start, over 200 restaurants serving every different sort of cuisine will be offering menus priced from £10-£60 so can sample menus from the inexpensive to Michelin star ones. Secondly, there will over sixty events including chef-hosted lunches to tasting menus and restaurant-hopping tours.

Your chances of dropping in on some of the chef-hosted lunches are next to nothing as most have been booked out for some time so it is probably better to concentrate on the different types of cuisine or venues you would like to try.

If, for example, you haven’t seen London at night from the Gherkin then try a meu at £35 per head at the Helix on the 35th storey of the building. Kaspar’s at the Savoy will set you back either £32 or £36 per head depending on whether you want two or three courses whilst Michelin starred chef Nathan Outlaw’s five course menu at Outlaw’s at The Capital in Knightsbridge will cost you £60.

Foxlow Soho near Piccadilly Circus will cost you either £13 or £16 for brunch whilst Gordon Ramsey’s Maze Grill which concentrates on steaks near Grosvenor Square is just £23 for two courses.

If you fancy something different try afternoon tea – Japanese style – in Soho at Silk. This restaurant is in the old courthouse that saw the trails of Oscar Wilde and John Lennon not to mention many thousands of people not quite so famous. Afternoon tea for two will set you back £70.

Highlighting London’s restaurants serves two purposes. The first is that it reminds us of how much development there has been over the decades and how international the cuisine has become. The second is to fill restaurants in what can be a slow time for bookings. Other cities around the world do this like Los Angeles and New York. Now we need other cities in the UK to copy this idea in their slackish periods.

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