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Time: 16:21 23 May 2011

London Restaurant Festival gets underway

2nd October 2012

The popular London Restaurant Festival has begun across the capital.

Held every year, the festival lasts for two weeks and is aimed at showcasing the wide range of food on offer to visitors staying in central London hotels.

Since 2008, the London Restaurant Festival has involved hundreds of establishments that suit a whole range of budgets, with each putting on special menus for festival-goers looking to discover a new favourite.

Festival events director Adam Coghlan recently explained to TNT Magazine that the festival is perfect for anyone interested in good dining and is a great event for the capital city.

"Foodies, hipsters, families and City boys all rub shoulders at the London Restaurant Festival," said Coghlan.

"It doesn’t pinpoint any one demographic because everyone loves food! The London restaurant scene, in terms of diversity and ambition, is the best in the world.

"It offers more affordable options than Paris, more variety than Tokyo and is now in the same league as New York."

The last event of the two-week long celebration is the London Restaurant Festival Awards, which are revealed at a special ceremony held at Old Spitalfields Market on October 15th. This year there are eight different awards and the winners are decided based on the success of the menus with the general public.

Other highlights of the festival include a special gathering of street food traders in the Old Vic Tunnels accompanied by poets and live musicians. 

Meanwhile, the Big Debate will involve food experts discussing a whole host of issues such as the development of the celebrity chef and the impact on home cooking. Taking place on October 8th at the Tabernacle in Notting Hill, the discussion will be chaired by Rosie Boycott.

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