When a city has a food scene as exciting as London does, the choice is so huge that it can be hard to know where to start. And that's never more obvious than during London Restaurant Festival, happening for the month of October, when the city devotes itself to celebrating its dining offering.

There are one-off tasting menus, restaurant-hopping trails that help you discover everything from cicchetti to Japanese cuisine, and limited-edition new menus items at hundreds of establishments. 

Luckily for you, we've curated our top picks of where to eat this month. It's time to say goodbye to the beach bod and embrace a little bit of extra winter padding...