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15 THINGS TO PIG OUT ON BEFORE LENT

With the beginning of Lent around the corner it’s nearly time to get virtuous and give up all the things you really love. So before then, we suggest you make the most of Fat Tuesday and have a proper pig out! Here’s 15 things you should eat before Lent 

1 All you can eat hog roast at Blues Kitchen, Shoreditch
Blues Kitchen is all about the big and the bold. Big tunes, bold interiors and the menu complements both. Take your stretchy trousers and devour a Blue BBQ Blowout (pit smoked BBQ chicken, Texan pulled pork & 12 hour slow-smoked St Louis style pork ribs, served family style with fries and ‘slaw) or a Deluxe BBQ Blowout (pit smoked BBQ chicken, Texan pulled pork, 16 hour slow-smoked short beef ribs and burnt end brisket beef, also served family style with fries & ‘slaw). theblueskitchen.com

2 Fondue at Tiroler Hut, South Kensington
Cauldrons of melted cheese are served by waiters in lederhosen and waitresses in dirndls against a backdrop of raucous yodelling – this is the way to celebrate your last day of feasting. Austrian restaurant Tiroler Hut, on Westbourne Grove, has become one of London’s institutions – even the royals are fans. Along with fondues, it serves other Austrian specialties, not least great steins of beer. tirolerhut.co.uk

London's food trend, doughnuts

1235 Doughnuts, served at Lockhart

3 Doughnuts at Lockhart, Central London
There’s great debate about the origin of the doughnut, was it an American invention or was it in fact the Brits who created the holey dessert? Either way, there’s not denying that both sides of the pond love the sugary round treat and before you get virtuous during Lent be sure to get your fill. 1235 Doughnuts make some of the best in London, which are sold in Marylebone’s Lockhart and at various street food markets around town, including Columbia Road. 1235 Doughnuts come oozing with fillings like Nesquick chocolate and salted caramel. lockhartlondon.com

4 Fried chicken at Chicken Liquor, Brixton
London’s fried chicken scene is so much more exciting than Nandos (no offence Nandos). There’s all sorts of classy variations of the deep fat fried bird, from Chicken Shop in Tooting and Kentish Town, to Chooks in Muswell Hill. But for something that will really hit the sides, head to Chicken Liquor in Brixton and order the Tower Block – a burger of chicken fillet, cheese, hash brown, jalapenos, slaw and onions (£7.50). wishbonebrixton.co.uk

Where to pig out before Lent

Alexeeva & Jones’ Portobello Hamper is a great place to start your pre-Lent gorge

5 Chocolate hamper at Alexeeva and Jones, Notting Hill
One last gorge on the chocolatey good stuff is a must before you plunge into the frugality of Lent. While there are hundreds of places in London to get your chocolate fix, we’d recommend locking yourself away with Alexeeva and Jones’ Portobello Hamper, which includes a calorific six boxes of chocolate (£130). alexeevajones.com

6 The Devastator, Red Dog Saloon, Clapham
Red Dog Saloon’s 8 inch hamburger has dominated more column inches than almost any other London burger. The Devastator Challenge involves eating three beef patties, six bacon rashers, six slices of cheese, a pile of pulled pork and two bread buns in just 10 minutes. If that doesn’t set you up for 40 days of fasting, I don’t know what will. reddogsaloon.co.uk

Hummingbird Bakery's Red Velvet Cupcake

Hummingbird Bakery’s Red Velvet Cupcake

7 Cake Hummingbird Bakery, Islington, Richmond, South Kensington and Notting Hill
The original cup cake connoisseurs Hummingbird Bakery hasn’t lost its touch over the years, still turning out immaculate looking and delicious tasting cupcakes piled high with sweet icing. Don’t hold back with your last feast and order a whole red velvet cake, or opt for a selection of cupcakes including Nutella, Black Bottom cupcakes or strawberry cheesecake. Plus if you’re feeling particularly lazy, Hummingbird deliver. hummingbirdbakery.com

8 Mac and cheese at Hawksmoor, Mayfair
Hawksmoor may be known more for its meat than its macaroni but on this occasion it’s the cheesy pasta that you should head to the restaurant for. The ultimate comfort food is served with an upmarket twist at Hawksmoor, made from three different cheeses (Cheddar, Ogleshield and Stilton), which lie over little morsels of macaroni and add that all-important crunch. Not only is the original mac ‘n’ cheese a decadent treat, but up the ante and add lobster for an even richer experience. thehawksmoor.com

15 things to pig out on before Lent

Have a Homeslice pizza all to yourself

9 A 20 inch pizza Homeslice, Central London
Homeslice’s pizzas are really made for sharing, hence the name. But rather than order a measly slice tuck into a whole 20-incher topped with goat shoulder, red kale & sumac yoghurt or bone marrow with pickled onion and brussel sprouts for £20. homeslicepizza.co.uk

10 Ice cream machine at Dinner, Knightsbridge
The ice cream machine at Dinner by Heston is every child and adults’ dream. Forget the Tipsy Cake, this is what you should be ordering. A trolley full of flavours and toppings will be wheeled to your table and your ice cream made on the spot in an explosion of dry ice. This is the most theatrical way to satisfy your ice cream cravings. mandarinoriental.com

11 Dessert at Pollen Street Social’s dessert bar, Mayfair
Why go out for dinner when you can skip the first two courses and go straight to dessert, especially when preparing for a chocolate fast. Pollen Street Social’s dessert bar is in a dedicated area and serves up the likes of bergamot and verbena sorbet with olive oil conserve, frozen citrus and bergamot jam; goat’s milk rice pudding, with goat’s cheese ice-cream, oat and milk crumb and honeycomb, and chocolate marquise, with praline, milk mousse and honey ice-cream. Pull up a pew and a spoon and work your way through the menu. pollenstreetsocial.com

Glutinous things to eat in London before Lent

Cabana’s feijoada fries

12 Brazilian BBQ at Cabana, Islington
It may be Shrove Tuesday in English but in Brazilian its Mardi Gras, which also means fiesta! See in Lent the South American way with a proper party and enormous skewer of meat. Choose from pork, beef, chicken or seafood and add a side of sweet potato fries topped with melted cheese and beef, pork and bean feijoada. There are sundaes to finish too. cabana-brasil.com

13 A steak as big as you like at Meat People, Angel
Meat People is almost as famous for staring in cult movie Quadrophenia as it is for its enormous steaks. Sold by the 100g, you can go as big as you like. Order a fillet or onglet from Tacuarembó or a rib eye from La Pampa, Argentina and an excellent bottle of red and see in the start of Lent. meatpeople.co.uk

The classic yankee hot dog from Dirty Bones

The classic yankee hot dog from Dirty Bones

14  A hot dog at Dirty Bones, Kensington
Dirty Bones is all about good American comfort food at its best. Its classic Yankee hot dog comes laden with onions, ketchup and mustard, while the Mexican is dressed in pulled pork, cactus salsa and BBQ sauce, then topped with lime sour cream and guacamole. The portions aren’t super-sized but then as its coming up to Fat Tuesday, you could order two… dirty-bones.com

15 Made to order ice cream at Chin Chin Labs, Camden
See in Lent with a trip to Chin Chin Labs in Camden, where ice-cream is frozen to order amid billowing clouds of liquid nitrogen. The menu is made for the indecisive, five flavours that change regularly and that blow plain old vanilla and chocolate out of the water. Experimental flavours include the likes of brown-wich, avocado and toast and dairy-free, vegan five-spiced pear. chinchinlabs.com

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