1 ST JAMESS THE London Restaurant Festivals opening party will take place at Quaglinos restaurant on Thursday 8 October, co-hosted by Vanity Fair. Head chef Konrad Inghelrams menu for 350 guests will be in the style of a Parisian brasserie. 2 ThE GourMET odySSEy Guests travel around London on a fleet of routemaster buses eating a starter in one restaurant, a main in another and a pudding in a third. Some of Londons most famous eateries will take part in the event, which will take place on 10 october, including Scotts, The Square, Maze, Green house and La Petite Maison. 3 MAyFAIr University Challenge- style quiz about food with top British chefs pitted against Americans in The May Fair Hotel. The Brit team includes Richard Corrigan and Rowley Leigh, while the US hopes to field Daniel Boulud and Thomas Keller. 4 SELFrIdGES Chef Pierre Koffman will open a restaurant on the roof -- a revival of his three Michelin-starred La Tante Claire. The oxford Street store has never had a restaurant on its roof. 5 ThE EyE Restaurants for 10 diners will spring up in capsules after the Eye has closed at 8.30pm, with food from a different ethnic background each night. Tickets will go on sale or be auctioned next month. 6 CoVENT GArdEN The festival hub -- a restaurant here will be the main point of contact for information and tickets. There will also be a suppliers market and food and wine tastings. 7 KINGS CroSS Historian Simon Schama will speak about the history of societys relationship with food, restaurants and eating at Kings Place in Kings Cross, on 11 October. The event will include brunch. 8 hoXToN A pop-up restaurant will be opened by Bistroteque. The secret location of the awards ceremony is in (9) ShorEdITCh, and the event will coincide with the restaurants launch on Tuesday 13 october. 10 LEAdENhALL MArKET The Big Roast on 11 October will see 500 people in Leadenhall Market enjoy dinner cooked by London chefs including Mark Hix and Richard Corrigan. Restaurants across the capital will also join in. MEALS by candlelight on the London Eye, a gourmet odyssey on a Routemaster bus and a Sunday roast for 500 people -- welcome to Londons foodie answer to the Edinburgh Festival. The first capital-wide celebration of all things edible was launched today and experts are predicting it will become the gastronomic equivalent of Scotlands annual arts event. The six-day London Restaurant Festival, from 8 October, will involve more than 1,000 restaurants as well as street events and temporary venues. It aims to tempt more customers into restaurants amid the hardest trading conditions in 20 years. Boris Johnson called on restaurateurs to sign up to provide two-course menus show-casing their chefs talents at affordable prices. He said: Londons restaurant scene is world-class. Their importance cannot be stressed enough. lSee visitlondon.com/londonrestaurantfestival. 18 Monday, 13 July 2009 London Lite DineontheLondonEyeinsix-daycelebrationofrestaurants week of events designed to suit all culinary tastes T H A M E S 4 3 2 1 5 6 7 8 9 10 Regents Park Hyde Park Covent Garden City Southwark Hoxton ShoreditchKings Cross Mayfair St Jamess Oxford Street One mile capital launches its festival for foodies by georgina littlejohn 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Feast talking: Mayor Boris index.html2.html3.html4.html5.html6.html7.html8.html9.html10.html11.html12.html13.html14.html15.html16.html17.html18.html19.html20.html21.html22.html23.html24.html25.html26.html27.html28.html29.html30.html31.html32.html33.html34.html35.html36.html37.html38.html39.html