This is a sponsored article on behalf of Fitzrovia.
Well here's a prize to make autumn evenings out much more appetising: a cool £300 to spend at Fitzrovia's finest eating and drinking establishments.
With its gorgeous Georgian townhouses and bohemian history (the likes of Virginia Woolf, George Bernard Shaw and Arthur Rimbaud once called it home), Fitzrovia absolutely fizzes with old-world London charm. But when it comes to gastronomy, this West End neighbourhood is properly cutting-edge...
Below we've rounded up some of our favourite Fitzrovian dining destinations — as well as the best pubs and bars in the area — where our winner can dine on the house. Try not to drool on your screen as you read, and remember to fill in the form at the end of the page to enter this corker of a competition.
Independent chef-led restaurants
All self-respecting foodies know that Charlotte Street is the place to go for a showstopping meal out. Exquisite eateries on this picturesque thoroughfare include the much-loved Lisboeta from well-known Portuguese chef Nuno Mendes as well as The Ninth, a French Mediterranean restaurant helmed by celebrated chef Jun Tanaka (closed until 2023).
There's also Ed and Ollie Templeton's Carousel, with its ever-changing line-up of international guest chef collaborations, and a buzzing neighbourhood wine bar.
Other Charlotte Street gems include two inspired by Sicily: Norma, where head chef Giovann Attard conjures up incredible pasta dishes like linguine with cornish crab (served in the shell so it's as pretty as it is delicious); and Bricco e Bacco, a restaurant from a family of traditional Sicilian butchers that specialise in steaks cut large and served to the table on a hot Himalayan salt pan for extra flavour.
Greek spot Ampéli is your go-to for traditional Greek dishes with a modern twist (courtesy of Head Chef Vaois Salagiannis) and an exclusively Greek wine list.
Pop around the corner to Rathbone Place and you'll find the Peruvian paradise that is LIMA. Here, Culinary Director Roberto Sihuay presents vibrant and flavourful feasts inspired by Peru's three biodiverse regions — the Pacific coast, the Andes Mountain range and the Amazon.
Sweet treats and street food-inspired spots
After something a little more low-key? Make your winnings go even further at Fitzrovia's casual dining joints. Options include Ugly Dumpling (for Asian street food snacks, reimagined with global flavours) and Sohishi for freshly made sushi and some of the biggest jumbo tempura prawns you'll ever see. There's also Angelo Sato's Japanese street food concept Yatai, and MoMoMo, where you can get your hands on "saucier" versions of traditional Himalayan momo dumplings.
Prefer something sweet? Treat yourself to one of Italian Bear Chocolate's famously decadent hot chocolates.
Quirky cocktails and historic pubs
When it comes to wetting your whistle, you're spoilt for choice in Fitzrovia. Your £300 prize can also be spent in pubs like The Newman Arms — est.1730 and formerly frequented by the likes of George Orwell and Dylan Thomas — or the pint-sized Queen Charlotte.
If you're partial to a cocktail, you can plump for The Black Horse's speakeasy-style upstairs bar, or go underground to Reverend JW Simpson with its oh-so-delicious drinks and quirky design offering insight into the life of its former inhabitant and namesake (peep his original wallpaper choices!)
And last but by no means least, there's Mr Fogg's House of Botanicals — a very Instagrammable offering with canopies of wisteria overhead and botanical beverages served up by skilled mixologists.
To be in with a chance of winning £300 to spend in any of the above venues, all you have to do is fill in the form below by 11.59pm on Friday 28 October 2022. Terms and conditions apply*.
THIS COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED.