London has firmly established itself as one of the great foodie centres of the world, and there’s no better time to take advantage of the capital’s culinary credentials than this autumn. October 2014 sees a tempting array of food & drink festivals to gladden the heart of any food lover, and the joy of self-catering holiday apartments in Central London is that they give you the perfect reason to take advantage of these festivals as well as compliment them. Let’s eat, drink and be merry…London style.
Urban Food Fest
Shoreditch High Street, every Saturday to December 2014
Shoreditch is renowned for its nightlife, but Saturday nights see an alternative to the plethora of bars and clubs. The Urban Food Fest is Shoreditch’s street food night market, and consists of a weekly-changing selection of street food trucks and stalls which serve ‘gourmet global street food’ alongside craft beers, ciders, cocktails, wine, and champagnes.
London Cocktail Week
Various locations, 6th-12th October
The art of mixing the perfect drink is a serious business in London, and Cocktail Week shows off the best of the capital’s cocktail scene. Wristband holders can take part in tasting sessions, events, parties and masterclasses at around 200 bars all over the city, and enjoy discounted drinks to boot.
London Restaurant Festival 2014
Various locations, 8th -27th October
The London Restaurant Festival bills itself as a ‘citywide celebration of eating out’, and its range of events spans a diverse sample of London’s culinary scene, including a Tapas Tour, Japanese Journey and a Champagne Laurent-Perrier Gourmet Odyssey. Food-lovers can also restaurant hop to their hearts’ content, thanks to participating restaurants’ Festival Menus, specially designed for eateries to show off their wares.
Real Food Market
Southbank Centre Square, every weekend till Christmas 2014
The Real Food Market has built up a reputation for being one of London’s best markets for foodies in search of street food from around the globe, as well as a tempting array of affordable local produce. Approximately 40 stalls cater for anyone coming to shop or snack, and sell everything from curries, crepes and coffee, to cheese, churros and champagne (as well as a few things that don’t begin with a 'c'.)
The nights may be drawing in, and sun-dappled days of picnicking might be already a memory, but London’s food & drink festivals more than make up for it. London self-catering holidays in Presidential Serviced Apartments allow you to combine eating out with home-cooked meals (thanks to the fully equipped kitchens): perfect for anyone inspired by the ingredients on offer. Happy eating!