Where to stay for London Restaurant Festival

Hailed as one of the world’s culinary capitals, London boasts a vibrant and ever-evolving restaurant scene with a constant flow of new openings amongst long-established timeless favourites. No matter what type of cuisine you crave, you’ll find it in this diverse and dynamic city. But arguably the best time to eat your way around the city is autumn when the capital plays host to the London Restaurant Festival.

Making a triumphant return for its 15th consecutive year, London Restaurant Festival celebrates the city’s rich culinary heritage and drive for innovation with a host of trending events across the city. Join us as we delve into the details so you’re well-prepared to savour London’s culinary delights to the fullest…

What is the London Restaurant Festival?

The London Restaurant Festival is a bi-annual city-wide celebration of the capital's food and drink scene, taking place in June (summer edition) and October (autumn edition.)

This autumn, we're in for a treat with a mouthwatering lineup of over 50 culinary experiences, including special menus, enlightening masterclasses and restaurant tours to explore the gastronomic wonders of the city.

Mark your calendars as the festivities kick off on 30th September with Food Fest at Market Halls on the iconic Oxford Street. But there's a catch! The events are exclusively for ticket holders. So, if you fancy going along, head to the London Restaurant Festival website to snag some of the last remaining tickets.

Don't close this tab! We're about to tantalise your taste buds even more with a guide through the London Restaurant Festival's trending events and where to stay.

London Restaurant Festival: Trending Events

Wondering what to expect at the London Restaurant Festival and which events have tickets left? Here’s a quick rundown of the highlights.

Food Fest at Market Halls, Oxford Street - 30th September

Love street food? Us too! At Food Fest at Market Halls, you’ll embark on an epic flavour journey with top street food vendors, including Sexy Buns, 20ft Fried Chicken and Budgie Montoya’s new Filipino concept Apoy. But that’s not all. As you indulge in the mouthwatering delights from around the globe, you’ll be grooving to the soundtrack of banging Balearic tunes from some of the best DJs on the Ibiza scene. A sensory explosion that’ll have you craving for more!

Restaurant-Hopping Tours

Why dine at one restaurant when you could dine at 4? With the London Restaurant Festivals Restaurant-Hopping Tours you’ll embark on a gastronomic adventure, sampling a tasting plate and drink at 4 exquisite venues. Tours are taking place across 3 different foodie destinations:

  • Islington 4th October (Spanish tapas extravaganza)
  • Belgravia 24th October (Classic British bistro)
  • King’s Cross 31st October (Intimate foodie hot spots and hidden gems)


In partnership with Orchard Pig ciders, London Restaurant Festival is hosting a series of events merging great food from Kricket, The Broadcast and Electric Cinema with great shows at BBC Studio Works - the home of British television. Times and dates to be confirmed, so make sure you keep an eye on the London Restaurant Festival website for more details.

Neighbourhood Nights

As part of the festival, eateries in some of London’s best-loved boroughs will offer special menus with something for everyone to enjoy. While most nights have sold out, there’s still a chance to book tickets for Jesse Dunford's modern British restaurant Harvest in Kensal Rise on 26th October. Sample a sophisticated menu of British coastal fish, direct-from-farm meat and contemporary plant-led dishes. Tickets include a 2-course meal and drink on arrival.


Fancy trying your hand at mixology? Cheese and wine more your thing? It’s all going on at London Restaurant Festival with a range of workshops and masterclasses taking place across the capital. Highlights include a Margarita making class at Brixton bar Hacha, Gusbourne wine tasting at The Londoner’s Shima Garden and wine and cheese tasting at L’oscar London. Not forgetting, an evening of elegance at Bar Antoine at Four Seasons Hotel London sampling three unforgettable cocktails paired with canapes.

Hotels near London Restaurant Festival

Make the most of your time in the capital with a stay at one of London’s top hotels. While Four Seasons Hotel London at Park Lane and Four Seasons Hotel at Ten Trinity Square are the official hotel partners of the event, there are plenty of fantastic hotels nearby.

Book with Plans Change and get 42% off a luxury stay at Conrad London St. James - ideally located near all of London’s iconic landmarks, including Buckingham Palace and Westminster Abbey.

We’re also offering 32% off stays at 4-star The Clermont London, Charing Cross, just steps from Trafalgar Square, Covent Garden and some of the city’s best restaurants.

If you’re looking for a cheap London hotel for the restaurant festival in October, pop your chosen dates into our search bar and we’ll share the hotels with the biggest savings. You can also check out our Resale Deals page - you never know your luck, someone might be selling a London hotel room with a huge discount. We upload new resale deals daily so keep your eyes peeled.

Things to do in London in October

Of course, the London Restaurant Festival is just one of many not-to-be-missed events taking place.

October kicks off with a celebration of heritage and culture with Black History Month. Enjoy a host of educational events and enlightening exhibitions at venues throughout the city.

Raise your stein because the London Oktoberfest is also in full swing! Enjoy cheerful festivities and authentic Oktoberfest vibes at two separate events in Ealing and Finsbury Square. It’s the next best thing to Bavaria!

And, of course, as the month draws to a close, London transforms into a bewitching wonderland with Halloween celebrations as spine-tingling as they are spookacular! Whether you’re an adult seeking thrilling nightlife or a family looking for kid-friendly events, London has it all under the veil of Halloween’s enchantment.

Sell a London hotel booking

Don't forget, if you've got a London hotel room booking for October that you can't use, list it on Plans Change ASAP! The sooner you list, the better your chance of selling it to someone attending the London Restaurant Festival or other autumn events. We'll showcase it on our Resale Deals and events page. Visit our sellers page for more info and discover 5 reasons to sell your non-refundable hotel room with Plans Change.