With so many amazing restaurants at our fingertips, it’s often overwhelming to know where to start. Is your stomach telling you you want tapas or is that groan actually supposed to be interpreted as a craving for ramen? We never know.
Make the decision making process that little bit easier by heading to Regents Park in June. Taste of London, aka the original restaurant festival, is back for another year, bringing with it 40 of London’s top restaurants – everyone from Kricket to Bao and Señor Ceviche to Roka will be there and you can eat them all thanks to the 160 taster-sized portions that will be on offer. Start with a mouthful of BBQ meat before a soupçon of pillowy bao goodness. A temporary restaurant, The Daily Special, will welcome Michelin-starred Portland and Pop Brixton favourite, Kricket, into the kitchen for one day each during the festival.
If you prefer to get a bit more hands on you can get creative at AEG’s Take Taste Further cookery school and be taught by School of Wok master, Jeremy Pang or learn from the experts at Le Cordon Bleu. Many of the world’s best chefs will also be making an appearance and you can take part in a once in a lifetime fine dining experience at The Taste Residence – intimate 4-course tasting menus with London’s very own Ollie Dabbous, and Alex Atala of D.O.M, the world’s 4th best restaurant.
There’s almost too much for us to tell you about so let’s just say if you want to take part in a whisky masterclass, you can. If you’d like to nail the art of food and beer pairing, you can. If you’d rather sit in the sun (fingers crossed – it is June) and relax to the sounds of the bandstand piano then you can and, guess what, if you’d like to treat yourself to a VIP Champagne masterclass with Laurent-Perrier then….yep, you can.
Forget the music festivals, this is where you’ll find us this summer.
Taste of London takes place 14th-18th June at Regents Park
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Written by: Fran Hazell