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It’s a tour de force for London’s gastronomes

A ticket to ride around London’s culinary hotspots

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It’s a tour de force for London’s gastronomes

October 01 2011
Sibéal Pounder

London’s iconic red Routemaster buses may be more synonymous with the bustling tourist trade than the capital’s prime culinary offerings, but on October 8 the buses will be taken over by London’s ardent foodies as part of the London Restaurant Festival’s Gourmet Odyssey tours.

With four pick-up locations (Belgravia, Pall Mall, Park Lane and Piccadilly), the tours each cover a mouthwatering mix of stops. The Park Lane route, for example, begins with a champagne reception at the Savoy’s Beaufort Bar followed by a starter at the hotel’s art-deco-adorned River Restaurant, then it’s a short bus ride to the sleek Massimo Oyster Bar for a main of sautéed cod fillets with cream of peppers and aubergine gratin, followed by the final stop-off at Gordon Ramsay’s Grosvenor Square outpost, Maze, for dessert.

And for those who prefer to take in the sights on foot, Belgravia is also playing host to two additional tours: the Safari Suppers (starting October 10) and Chocolate Tours (starting October 14). The former includes an itinerary crammed with gastro pubs and intimate dining venues (think The Ebury, first picture, Motcombs and The Thomas Cubitt, second picture), while the Chocolate Tour boasts stops at cakemaker Peggy Porschen’s parlour on Ebury Street, a chocolate afternoon tea at the Lowndes Bar and Kitchen – and even a chance to try your hand at chocolate candlemaking at Rachel Vosper candle boutique.