Get involved with the London Restaurant Festival at these fantastic restaurants in The City.
If you are staying in a serviced apartment in The City and wondering what to have for dinner, then now is the perfect time to enjoy some of the area’s best eateries. London Restaurant Festival is taking over the capital until October 31st and features a number of special dining spots within the Square Mile.
Whether you wish to take advantage of the festival menus, which make the bill a little more manageable at the end of your meal, or are looking for an entirely different experience, now is your chance.
This AA Rosette-feted restaurant near Liverpool Street Station is boasting wine-paired festival menus throughout October. Sommeliers are taking over to offer the best tipples to go with exciting food offerings. With two courses priced at just £25 and three at £29 for the festival, there’s no need for any more excuses to visit.
Head chef Sam Dunleavy has put a lot of thought into the set menus. Starters include heirloom tomato tart with burrata and basil; and sweet potato waffle with smoked salmon, crème fraiche and caviar. Mains such as a grilled mackerel, samphire mash and mussel beurre noisette make the mouth water, while room should be left for Earl Grey crème brulee with honeycomb and lemon shortbread.
Marco Pierre White – London Steakhouse Co – City
Visitors to Marco Pierre White’s steakhouse in the heart of The Square Mile should take advantage of its Wine Flight Menu during the London Restaurant Festival. Anyone dining from the a la carte menu, set menu or special festival menu can get three glasses of wine that have been chosen to accompany their dishes for £20.
The restaurant prides itself on sourcing its steaks from master butcher Aubrey Allen, although there are a number of other options on offer. These include fish dishes and roast meats, while anyone keen on a classic British pudding expertly baked will find it hard to pass over the dessert menu.
Andaz London Liverpool Street
This Victorian hotel is home to no fewer than six bars and restaurants – Catch Lounge, 1901 Wine Lounge, Eastway, Miyako and George Pub – with each and every one offering an exclusive menu for the festival. Not only this, but there’s also wine tastings galore and screenings of the best films ever made about food in the hotel’s Masonic Temple.
It’s Catch Lounge if you’d like to relax sipping on a cocktail; 1901 Lounge for a wonderful array of wine; and Eastway for the true foodies. Meanwhile, Miyaki has a Japanese vibe and fantastic sushi, but George Pub has a great traditional feel with comforting food and extensive beer options.
Known for its outstanding steaks and seafood offering, Hawksmoor Guildhall never fails to impress. To celebrate London Restaurant Festival, it is offering patrons the chance to enjoy two courses and a cocktail for £25 or three courses and a cocktail for £28. So take your pick from the innovative drinks list to wash your meal down with.
Last year was the first time that Hawksmoor had been involved in the festival and it was a huge success. The group took away the Most Popular Festival Menu title in the awards for their Knightsbridge branch and will be looking to replicate that success with offerings at this year’s event.