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Posted by Royal Sundaram on 18 Jun 2015
While it was once known for a lack of imagination when it came to all things culinary, London today is practically the crown jewel in any gourmet lover’s travel map. From being known merely for the staple fish-n-chips served in butter paper to hosting the world greatest restaurant festival, the Taste of London, the city has come a long way in incorporating all cuisines with a finesse that deserves as much credit as respect.
The Taste of London, a five day food festival held at Regent’s Park every June, showcases the best of food flavours in London. It is a foodie wonderland to visit, with options that allow you to taste signature dishes from top restaurants, create customised taster menus, attend master classes with top chefs and sample wine and champagne to clear your palette as you wind your way through each culinary delight.
Eating out in London is a must in your travel itinerary for the sheer amount of food experimentation and innovation it packs in. Starting with some bottomless brunch at the Mews of Mayfair, where you can get some traditional breakfast with some modern organic fusion, and yes, an unlimited supply of Bellinis, Mimosas and Bloody Mary’s. For a lighter meal, you may want to head to the New Street Grill with its Old Bengal Bar for some really intoxicating memories, London style. If it’s a traditional Indian breakfast you crave, head to Dosa n Chutny for a taste of home. For a full English breakfast, do spare a visit to Smith’s,one that will satisfy your cravings for all things British including meat and produce.
Dining in London is incomplete if you don’t partake in the traditional afternoon tea. To enhance your experience, try the BB Bakery Afternoon Tea Bus Tour. Enjoy a cuppa of Earl Grey with mini sandwiches, pastries and scones with taking in some historical sights in a London Bus. For those with an adventurous palette, try the Mad Hatter Afternoon Tea at the Sanderson and actually live out your Alice in Wonderland fantasies, replete with quirky crockery, a fairy-tale menu and riddles on your napkins. If Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is more to your taste, find your inner Willy Wonka over tea at the One Aldwych. For those who like their tea but not the scones, try other options at Brgr.co, Mr Foggs or the Gentlemen’s Afternoon Tea at Sanctum Soho Hotel, where you can replace tea with a peg or two of Jack Daniel’s and enjoy a cigar while you’re at it.
Dinner can be at the many open street stalls at Soho or Chinatown, where you can experience global fusion or savour your sushi, Indian curry or any other cuisine including Korean, Peruvian, Greek to name a few. Do try the Bubbledogs in Fritzovia for—you guessed it—Hotdogs and Champagne. For a fine dining experience with a twist of history, head to Kitty Fisher’s at the Mayfair, but only if you have booked weeks in advance.
Remember to book your tables in time with your tickets, as they do take food every seriously in London, but most importantly, do remember to insure your travel trip with Royal Sundaram Travel Insurance to ensure that culinary trip of a lifetime is as succulent and indulgent as you can dream of….
Restaurant Tips Courtesy – TimeOut London
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