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May 16

London Foodie Competition

London Grantourismo Competition.

Fancy a London foodie escape? Well, we have a tasty competition for our UK readers thanks to Argos, onefinestay, Context Travel, and LUXE City Guides. One lucky winner will get to live like locals in London, get a taste of the local foodie scene and fine produce on a London foodie walking tour, have a trusted local as their guide, and get to document it all with a cool compact digital camera. And winning is easy too. But first, the delicious prizes…

For one lucky winner, we have:

* Somewhere lovely to settle in for your stay, courtesy of  onefinestay, who are gifting a voucher worth UK£100 towards a beautiful property of your choice booked on the onefinestay website.

* Two spots on a salivating-inducing three-hour London foodie walk with Context, led by a culinary expert, such as the London Market Walk, Gastronomic London or London, City of Markets and Trade. During your walk you can buy some beautiful fresh produce to take back to your home to cook.

* A local guide in the form of the latest edition of the just-released LUXE City Guide to London to direct you to the best restaurants, cafés, bars, and gourmet food shops in the city. Edited by Brit-born publisher of LUXE Grant Thatcher, it’s packed with local favourites and insider tips so you can settle in, even if it’s for a short stay, and live like a local for a little bit.

*  A very snazzy little compact digital camera to document your delicious time – a cool Canon IXUS 210 IS 14MP, which is ideal for photographing every kind of activity and occasion, from holiday snaps to memorable moments. Check out your prize here. It’s perfect for snapping away images of London and is exactly the kind of camera a foodie traveller needs, something compact to tuck away in your pocket or purse or sit discretely on the restaurant table, yet something with a killer lens for those salivating-inducing close-ups.

To win this scrummy package of prizes, you need to:
* Tell us in 50 words or less in the comments below how you plan to live like a local in London and do some serious eating.
* Ensure you include your name with your entry in the comment. Anonymous entries won’t be accepted; we’ll contact you using the email address you leave when you comment.
* Submit your entry by 6pm UK time on Tuesday 12 June. Our contest runs for 4 weeks from today.
* Share your experience of your prizes online with us all, either during your stay or when you get back home – we want to see the mouth-watering images you took with your new Canon IXUS camera and hear about the foodie fun you had, your fine stay, and how you used your local London guide. If you have a blog, share it in a post; if you use Pinterest, create a board; if you use Twitter, tweet about it; if you’ve got a Tumblr or Facebook page… well, you get the picture. How you share is up to you.
* Be a citizen or resident of the UK.
* Ensure you’ll use your prizes within six months; all prizes must be used during the one stay.

A big thank you to our very generous sponsors…

Thanks to Argos, for supplying the gorgeous camera for this competition. Argos has an impressive range of digital cameras available online at their Argos Photography shop. What we love is that you can browse all their fantastic deals online, and then choose to reserve and collect your camera in store or buy online. Their prices are really very competitive and they have some amazing deals.

onefinestay, who have donated a UK£100 voucher towards a stay in one of their homes. onefinestay has a carefully curated collection of elegant, quirky and surprising houses and apartments, and booking a home on their site is as easy as booking a hotel, only you’ll be staying in a real home – but one with the extras of a hotel, including beautiful toiletries, free wi-fi and local calls, fluffy towels, quality linen, a 24/7 helpline, and more.

Context Travel, for donating the delicious foodie walk. Context is a network of scholars and specialists – in disciplines including archaeology, art history, urban planning, history, environmental science, the classics, and of course, cuisine – who lead in-depth walking seminars for small groups of intellectually curious travellers. We’ve done their fascinating strolls all around the world, from London to Istanbul, and we can vouch they’re compelling. You can read about the walks we’ve done here.

LUXE City Guides, for donating the latest edition of their brand new London guide. We’ve used LUXE guides and we love their compact format, their discerning choices, their irreverent and fun reviews, and the fact their print guides are updated annually and digital formats are updated every month.

UPDATE 13/6/12: WINNER(S) ANNOUNCED!

Our main sponsor Argos has selected the winner of the competition. Congratulations to Jools Stone, who has won a super little Canon IXUS camera, onefinestay stay, Context foodie-themed walking tour, and a Luxe Guide to London!

The lovely people at Luxe Guides gave us an additional London guide, which we’ve decided to give to Stuart Lodge, the first entrant, for getting in so quickly.

Thank you to everyone who entered for their mouthwatering entries, and to all those many readers who dropped by for a look but didn’t enter (what’s up with that?), you may wish to consider this competition. We’ve also got some giveaways coming up soon that won’t require you to do anything at all!

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  1. Stuart Lodge

    BOOM and this is geographical: 6am: Guinness in Spitalfields, breakfast in Breakfast Club Islington, brunch at Banners, Dim Sum at Imperial China, Tea and cake at Carnation Marylebone, tapas at Morito, chops at Tayyabs, full scale dinner St Johns , late night at Brick Lane Beigel.

    1. Lara Dunston

      I wanna be there! Cool! We should also give you a prize for being the first to enter :)

  2. Jools Stone

    ‘Maybeee it’s becorse I’m a London-ahh’, but I’d go.. Turkish in Islington (Sedir), Greek in Clerkenwell (Sofra), Mexican in Covent Graden (Wahaca), Italian in Soho (any), Vietnamese in Dalston (Song Que), Russian in Hampstead (Smolenskys ) Mental at Borough Market & I’d go Dutch with you!

    1. Lara Dunston

      Yum! And thank you :) Best of luck!

  3. Laura Porter @AboutLondon

    Breakfast at a proper greasy spoon for a fry up; E Pellicci in Bethnal Green would do nicely. Healthier lunch at Tibits in Piccadilly for the veggie food boat buffet. Tea & cake at Pavilion Cafe at Kew Gardens for peace. Burmese dinner at Mandalay on Edgware Road.

    1. Lara Dunston

      Love it! Thanks for entering! Best of luck :)

  4. Dini

    Breakfast at CocoMaya , mid-morning pit-stops at La Fromagerie and Ginger Pig. Enjoy Mount St Deli’s Champagne luncheon hamper in Berkerley Square. Spoilt by High-tea at Sketch. Aperitifs at The Connaught and finally dinner and dancing at The Pigalle Club. Perhaps a nightcap at Purl, to end a magical day!

    1. Lara Dunston

      My mouth is watering! If you win, I want to come too ;)

  5. Colin Macrae

    DIY! For fresh, fragrant & feisty, foodies head to market. Hook a catch at Billingsgate, spice up your life in Brick Lane or go green at Spitafields, but why bother when Borough has it all? No need to scour the world, in London, the world’s plate comes to you.

    1. Lara Dunston

      Love it! Love Borough Market too! Thanks for your entry!

  6. Nikki Bayley

    Breakfast: dine like a king on champagne & oysters at St Pancras. Lunch: go thrifty at one of the new taco food trucks on Whitecross street. Treat myself to an ice cream sundae at Fortnum & Mason’s And dinner – head to Brick lane for the best Indian food in the world!

    1. Lara Dunston

      There are few better ways to start the day than with oysters & bubbly! Thanks for entering :)

  7. Natasha

    Being a West Londoner, I’d start off with an ‘Aussie’ breakfast at Bill Granger’s Granger and Co in Westbourne Grove, scouring Farmer’s Markets near Notting Hill Gate for fresh produce and then onto Ottolenghi near Kensington Church Street for a crunchy organic salad. For afternoon tea I’d dine like a royal at the Orangery at Kensington Palace followed by cocktails on top of Kensington Rooftop Gardens and then to top it all off in style – feast on ‘meat fruit’ and other gastronomical delights at Dinner by Heston Blumenthal at the Mandarin Oriental.

    1. Lara Dunston

      Oh nice. Love the combo of scrummy activities! Good luck!

  8. Emma Sparks

    Living like a local = cooking for yourself, so I’d hit the markets; Greenwich for my greens, Broadway for bread and Borough for cheese (must taste everything /take arty photo before purchase of course). When appalling cooking skills fail me, I’ll do the Brit thing and order in – to my onefinestay pad.

    1. Lara Dunston

      We couldn’t agree more! Cooking market food and eating cheese = travel heaven! Thanks for your entry and good luck!

  9. Jake Capleton

    Is there such a thing as a ‘local in London’? My face-stuffing bonanza would be a foody reflection of multicultural London: A glorious Hyde Park picnic. Oven-fresh baguettes, with chorizo, olives, cucumber, scones with jam, falafel, home-made jerk chicken, and sushi. A cultural melting pot: Like city, like food.

    1. Lara Dunston

      Always loved picnics – and this one is a wonderfully multicultural one! Thanks for your entry! Best of luck!

  10. Becki | Backpacker Becki

    For breakfast (normally skipped) I’d love to stop by Ottolenghi for cinnamon French toast. Afternoon Tea is a must (which should be enjoyed somewhere fabulous like The Dorchester), but I’d have to leave space for an award-winning Bangladeshi curry on Brick Lane and an Italian dessert treat from Princi.

    1. Lara Dunston

      Love a good afternoon tea, too. Good luck with this!

  11. Rachel

    It’s all about simple pleasures: street food, shopping for fresh ingredients at a different market each day, cooking with friends in a well-provisioned kitchen, indulging in chocolate from Paul A. Young and afternoon tea at Scratch, and determining once and for all where to find the best bagels in London.

    1. Lara Dunston

      Street food, market shopping, cooking… all sounds super to me. Best of luck!

  12. Andy Jarosz

    Asian is the way to go. We’d start with a late-morning masala dosa in East Ham, with a stop at Tayyab’s in Whitechapel for a few of their famous lamb chops on the way into town. Mid afternoon snack would be at the Japan Centre, with fresh sushi at bargain prices. If it’s warm outside we’ll eat these around the corner in Trafalgar Square. For dinner a visit to Woo Jung Korean restaurant for their fabulous spicy chicken, washed down with a beer. A whole day of top food – and change from £20 a head for the lot.

    1. Lara Dunston

      Okay… this is definitely my kind of food tour – edible, ethnic and affordable! When do we go? ;)

      Thanks for your entry! Best of luck, Andy!

  13. Raj Sandhu

    I’m not a London regular, so I’d been going to the local guide for all the hints and tips for the best places to visit. I love eating food, but not so great at cooking it – it sounds like this could be an inspiring visit for me!

    1. Lara Dunston

      Well, Luxe Guides will be pleased to know you’ll be relying on their guide for London tips ;)

      Thanks for your entry – best of luck!

  14. Natalie

    Great local London food is all about the markets in my humble opinion – from Borough to the Sunday Farmers fair. I’d spend a day trawling my favourites, discovering new ones, tasting as much as possible, chatting to the vendors & snapping all the photogenic opportunities these spots have to offer :)

    1. Lara Dunston

      Thanks, Natalie! We’re big fans of markets ourselves and Borough is brilliant – and it doesn’t get more local than that, does it? Thanks for your entry! Good luck!

  15. Lindsey

    I’d make it all about indulgence: a morning coffee and pastry and Loafing, a long tour of Broadway Market (with an obligatory stop at the Crêpe man for lunch!), high tea and Fortnum and Mason and finish off with dinner at Ottolenghi (but if they’re booked, I’ll go to Byron Burgers, a simple favorite!)

    1. Lara Dunston

      Oh nice. That’s a fun one! Good luck with your entry!

  16. Shing Yoong

    A day of FoodLit! Collect a basket of treats from Borough Market and follow the footsteps of Keats’ as I head to Hampstead Heath for a picnic. To celebrate the work of Dylan Thomas have drink in Soho’s The French House, then walk to Poland Street where William Blake lived and have Italian in Vasco & Piero’s Pavilion Restaurant!

    1. Lara Dunston

      Books and food, eating and reading – what better way to spend some time in London! Thanks for your entry and best of luck!

  17. Katherine L

    The most wonderful thing about London is it’s an international melting pot! In one day, I’d pay homage to fresh produce (Borough Market), explore street food culture (Brick Lane), get hands-on (Butchery @ Allens’ of Mayfair) and sample quintessential British cooking (St. John’s) within view of a London institution (Smithfields Market).

    (wow, I wrote 4 paragraphs and realised I had to shorten it to 50 words .. tough task for a foodie who can talk about food for hours!)

    1. Lara Dunston

      Great combination of fun foodie activities to do in London! Best of luck with your entry!

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