Return of the HPL competition – WIN the Time Out London Eating & Drinking Guide

Time Out is offering 5 lucky HPL winners the chance to win a copy of their London Eating & Drinking Guide.  I’m planning a Christmas lunch with the girls and it’s been great for ideas of places we can try (walk on the Heath followed by roast at the Bull & Last, yes please) – restaurants, pubs and bars are set out by area and by cuisine. It also has the winners of their Eating and Drinking Awards and “best of” lists, like places to take kids, with river views, food to share, pre-theatre meals.

Having been through a stage of wanting to go to the next “new place” and trying out somewhere different each week, I’m enjoying going back to old favourites (Leongs Legends, the Polpo restos, Great Queen Street), with the excitement of trying out somewhere new every now and then, on special occasions. I’m going to The Ivy! This weekend! Hurrah! And I also want to go to Hawksmoor Seven Dials, Vinoteca in Marylebone, and Bocca Di Lupo; and I’m dying to eat at the Gingerline supperclub early next year.

A guide like this is really useful if you’re planning a date or stuck in a rut and bored, and want to see what London has to offer. If you want to win a copy of the guide, please leave a comment below and inspire me with which restaurant you really want to try soon, and I’ll pick 5 of you completely randomly. Good luck!

Here’s what Time Out have to say about the guide:

In its 29th Edition the Time Out London Eating and Drinking Guide remains the most definitive guide to dining in the capital. The prestigious guide provides reviews of hundreds of London’s best restaurants, cafés, bars, gastropubs, sushi bars and more. All the reviewed entries have been anonymously revisited and we pay our own way so we get treated just like the average customer. No venues pay to be entered in to the guide, we make our selection independently with many new venues having been added this year.

We also give our ‘Hot 50’ list which we believe offer the most interesting eating experiences as well as the rundown of our Eating and Drinking Awards 2011 with categories such as ‘Best New Cheap Eat’ and ‘Best New Local Restaurant.’ Our reviews span the full kaleidoscope of London dining from African & Caribbean cuisine to Malaysian, Indonesian & Singaporean.

The normal retail price is £11.99 but they are £8.99 from the Time Out shop, which can be found here.

8 responses to “Return of the HPL competition – WIN the Time Out London Eating & Drinking Guide

  1. We need some inspiration for our office lunches where we like to try different cuisines if possible – and working in W1, it is quite easy but we’d like a few recommendations to help us out!

  2. I tried the ‘interesting’ Notting Hill supper club last week. It had awesome cocktails and was hugely entertaining. I wasn’t sure about my pigeon and chips though but black squid risotto and trio of puddings were delicious!
    Would like to go old school London and eat at J Sheekey’s next.

  3. I would like to try spuntino in soho as it looks pretty cool. There is also a new coffee shop in putney near home called artisan coffee I must try.

  4. I’d like to try archipelago next as it sounds fantastically bizarre! Buddhas all around and kangaroo on the menu!

  5. Mishkins in Convent Garden is next on my list – a Jewish deli with cocktails!

  6. I’ve had my eye on Le Mercury in Islington for a while as it’s always really busy when I go past, but haven’t got round to it yet…

  7. That’s got to be “Bel Canto” (Mark Lane, E3 (020 7444 0004), where talented music students work as waiters and waitresses while singing well-known classics, cantatas and pieces from operas, accompanied by a pianist. There’s a similar restaurant in Amsterdam where I have been (Pasta e Basta), and it was an unforgettable experience to dine while our waiters were sing for us. I have no idea what the food will be like at Bel Canto, but it’s located in a cellar, which sounds pretty awesome to me too.

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