London Restaurant Festival

London Restaurant Festival, October 8th through 13th

The inaugural London Restaurant Festival launched with a splash of red carpet glamour at the Vanity Fair opening party at Quaglino’s, an event that will doubtless become an annual glittering highlight. With the festival’s main events getting underway today, the organisers have announced gratifying levels of interest from chefs, restaurateurs and the public.

 london festival week lady at stand

Pre-event targets of signing up 500 restaurants were exceeded by more than 10% in the run-up to this week with a typically diverse range of more than 550 London establishments requesting involvement.

 The London Restaurant Festival was the inspiration of Fay Maschler, She said, “Restaurants have become a vital part of life, not just for nourishment but for socialising, inspiration, deal-doing and fun. London’s extraordinary breadth and depth of restaurants and our home grown and imported talent deserves to be recognised and celebrated in as entertaining and supportive way as possible. Other great cities have restaurant festivals. Now we do too.”
guy tossing pizza

Meanwhile tickets for festival events have been selling even more quickly than anticipated. The excitement generated by the announcement that legendary French chef Pierre Koffmann was going to be cooking at the ‘Pierre Koffmann Restaurant on the Roof at Selfridges’ saw its run extended twice. Diners will now be enjoying some of the finest food in town on top of London’s most iconic department store from today until 31 October.

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