Londonist Reviews: Taste of London

By tikichris Last edited 119 months ago
Londonist Reviews: Taste of London
Taste of London

As gorgeous as yesterday was, Taste of London presented a good excuse to forage through a marquee-laden Regent’s Park with friends. However, despite the pleasant weather, ToL would have hardly been categorized as a value for money outing. In a way, the event was comparable to a stroll through an alfresco version of the high end aisles of Sainsbury’s or Waitrose, which wouldn’t necessarily be an unpleasant activity but hardly one that attendees should have paid more than twenty quid to access (especially considering once in, most food still had to be purchased). But, it should be noted that the ToL’s timetable was chocked full of live music, demonstrations, book signings, and more.

Of course, high ticket prices didn’t seem to stop folks from coming. Sunday was sold out by noon, and by 3pm the gobs of cheery people rubbing elbows in ever lengthening queues suggested that there indeed will be another Taste of London in 2009. Still bargains, goodies and new takes on age old products were to be found. Londonist was pleased to leave the park with a big bag of Madeleines bought from the Bonne Maman stall and made note to check out restaurant Snazz Sichuan, which served up some proper heat at reasonable prices.

Photography by Chris Osburn.

Last Updated 23 June 2008


Mmm I actually think it was fairly priced for what you got. Bear in mind it's not really aiming at people who would think more than twice about spending £50 a head in a restaurant. Once you take that on board you get to sample dishes from restaurants many people would only go to on expense accounts - from about £3 - £10 quid when you'd normally be paying about 4 times that amount.

We managed to only spend about ten quid extra on the food and I was stuffed at the end as there were many stands who just chose to sample their stuff freely anyway and the other offers on things like magazine subs, food & drink were pretty good.

The Delicious magazine offer was ridiculously good and I love my new retro looking kitchen scales, which were thrown in with a good bag, a packet of biscuits from Bonne Maman & an extra magazine for good measure.

However, I will admit that some overcharged for their samples, but it was very easy to step away and move onto the next stand. I certainly didn't see every stand there.

Photos from the day including Chris spending his Taste crowns (the currency for much of the |Festival) are here.


Great pics Annie! And many thanks for sharing your thoughts about the day. Taste of London is certainly a good event to keep in mind, just not terribly economical in my opinion. I'm not saying it was a rip off by any means but after a while with all those vendors vying for my attention, I kinda felt like they should be paying me. To be honest, I walked away a bit more knowledgable about London's food and drink scene than I was before, but my favourite parts of the day were just plopping down on the grass, having snacks and drinking beer. It was cool but pricey.