Address: Regent’s Park, London NW1 4NR
Food lovers are in for a treat when planning a visit to the English capital this summer, as the Taste of London festival will be returning to Regent’s Park for another year.
A showcase of the best dishes on offer from some of the city’s most renowned and well-respected restaurants, the festival attracts thousands of visitors that are all keen to find out more about the latest culinary trends and sample an array of great food.
From champagne tasting to sampling unique ingredients that are set to take the culinary world by storm, guests at this year’s Taste of London will have all manner of chances to delight their senses when heading along this summer.
Great things to see and do at this year’s festival
Visitors will enjoy sample tastings of upcoming chef’s specialities, as well as being able to get involved in a range of masterclass sessions, where they can learn all the tricks of the culinary trade.
They can indulge in exquisite dining at the mouthwatering array of restaurant stands that are setup throughout the five-day celebration of the British culinary scene, while live demonstrations of the latest techniques and inspirational dishes on offer at London’s top restaurants will also be taking place each day.
Some of the biggest names in the UK culinary field will also be in attendance this year, with Michelin-starred chefs rubbing shoulders with some of the best amateur cooks that the country has to offer.
Tom Kerridge of the two Michelin-starred Hand and Flowers pub in Marlow, Marcus Wareing of the AA’s 2015 Restaurant of the Year in London Tredwell’s, Pascal Aussignac of the one Michelin-starred Club Gascon and Tom Aitken of the acclaimed Tom’s Kitchen, will all be in attendance this year.
Visitors can also get up close and personal with their culinary heroes at the A Question of Taste event, which will take place daily and offer the chance for a small audience of guests to pose their questions to some of the English capital’s top restaurateurs.
Live music will also be showcased at the the festival bandstand, with a large selection of local and upcoming groups being given the opportunity to shine. Confirmed acts for this year’s festival include Samantha Durnan, Joe Dolman, Stella and the Shakes, LewRey, Ginger Tom, Axel Jansson and many more besides.
When is it on?
Running from June 15th to 19th, Taste of London 2016 expects to see more than 55,000 guests and will be a paradise for food lovers from far and wide.
Broken down into separate tasting sessions throughout the day, lunchtime services will run from noon until 4 pm, followed by evening sittings for guests from 5.30 pm to 9.30 pm each day.
A special Sunday Lunch sitting will also take place, with specially designed menus being offered by the more than 40-plus restaurants attending this year’s festival, running from noon until 5 pm.
Visitors keen to enjoy the varied fare on offer at this year’s festival can do so by investing in a special festival currency, the Taste of London crown. One crown is the equivalent of £1. Many exhibitors will accept sterling as payment for their delicious wares, but all of the restaurants attending this year’s event will only accept crowns.
Tickets are to go on sale from early 2016 and will be available via the official Taste of London website.
Tube travel to Taste of London
Anyone planning a trip to this year’s festival might like to take as much of the hassle as possible out of getting to the festival site by making use of the extensive London Underground network, which serves every part of the city.
Travellers planning journeys to Regent’s Park can use the following Underground stations:
- Regent’s Park (Bakerloo line): 4 minutes’ travel time on foot
- Great Portland Street (Circle, Hammersmith & City and Metropolitan lines): 5 minutes
- Baker Street (Bakerloo, Circle, Hammersmith & City, Jubilee and Metropolitan lines): 3 minutes
- Warren Street (Northern and Victoria lines): 10 minutes
- Euston Square (Circle, Hammersmith & City and Metropolitan lines): 13 minutes
- Mornington Crescent (Northern line): 18 minutes
Visitors planning journeys to the area can also make use of overground rail services via the nearby stations of Marylebone and Euston.
Full details of all public transport options to this busy part of the English capital can be found by heading to the official website of Transport for London. This includes full service timetables, station opening times, details on accessibility for travellers and much more.
Nearby parking for festival goers
Meanwhile, visitors keen to hire a car during their time in the city can be assured there is plenty of parking in the local area, including facilities at:
- NCP Car Park London Park Road (0.2 miles, three minutes’ travel time on foot)
- Chiltern Car Park (0.4 miles, eight minutes)
- Q-Park Church Street (0.7 miles, 14 minutes)
- Bell Street Car Park (0.7 miles, 15 minutes)
- Q-Park Marylebone (0.5 miles, 11 minutes)
- NCP Car Park London Portland Place (0.4 miles, nine minutes)
- George Mews Car Park (0.5 miles, ten minutes)
- Stanhope Street Car Park (0.4 miles, eight minutes)
- Underhill Street car Park (0.7 miles, 14 minutes)
- Arlington Road Car Park (Arlington Road Car Park)
Anyone hoping to drive during their time in the English capital should be aware that traffic volumes can be busy throughout the day, especially during the morning and evening rush hours.
Motorists are therefore advised to avoid taking to the roads at this time, as congestion can be a problem and hold up journeys. In addition, drivers might like to pre-book their parking prior to their departure, as spaces can be limited.
Other attractions in the area
It is not just the Taste of London that draws millions of visitors every year to this busy part of the English capital though, as the area in the vicinity of Regent’s Park is chock-full of stunning attractions and sights to see. Here are just some of the many fun activities and entertainment options on offer for London guests to enjoy:
- Camden Market (0.6 miles, 12 minutes’ travel time on foot/via public transport)
- Roundhouse (0.7 miles, 14 minutes)
- Madame Tussauds London (0.3 miles, six minutes)
- The Sherlock Holmes Museum (0.1 miles, two minutes)
- Hyde Park (1.1 miles, 22 minutes)
- Keats House (1.7 miles, 31 minutes)
- Harrods (2.1 miles, 24 minutes)
- Westminster Abbey (2.2 miles, 22 minutes)
- Holland Park (3 miles, 33 minutes)
- Victoria & Albert Museum (2.5 miles, 24 minutes)
- Old Spitalfields Market (3.6 miles, 24 minutes)
- City Hall (3.9 miles, 33 minutes)
- Tower of London (3.6 miles, 26 minutes)
- The Troubadour Cafe (3.6 miles, 23 minutes)
- Lyric Hammersmith (4.2 miles, 29 minutes)
- Design Museum (4.2 miles, 37 minutes)
- Whitechapel Gallery (3.9 miles, 21 minutes)
Indeed, Regent’s Park itself is also home to some stunning attractions that visitors to London will not want to miss. The world-famous ZSL London Zoo can be found here, complete with all manner of exotic animals and regular events to thrill guests of all ages.
In addition, Regent Park’s Triton Fountain, Rose Garden and Tropical Bird Pavilion all offer fantastic places to explore for those visiting the area.