Explore a world of exciting new flavours and dining experiences with Heathrow. We’ve teamed up with Hemsley + Hemsley to lead a month long Taste the World celebration of food tourism. Following new research that one in seven UK travellers has chosen a holiday based solely on a destination’s foodie credentials, we bring you a month of insights, tips and mouth-watering experiences. Get closer to your next culinary adventure.
Ice-Cream with a twist
As New Yorkers lose their minds over an egg waffle ice-cream cone originating in Hong Kong, have your own taste of a frosty food trend right before you fly. Check out the high-tech Nitro Ice Cream Parlour in Heston Blumenthal’s Perfectionist Café (Terminal 2). The ice-creams are frozen using liquid nitrogen at -196C, making every mouthful delectably smooth.
Mix & match flavours in the Nitro Ice Cream Parlour at The Perfectionist Café, Terminal 2, from £5.50
First Class pizza
Charcoal has been sneaking its way onto trendy juice bar menus for a while in Toronto but recently it’s made its way as far as pizza dough. Craving a slice with a difference? Try the chorizo sourdough pizza at The Prince of Wales in Terminal 4. The salty sausage and chewy crust is a match made in heaven.
Chow down on Chorizo Sourdough Pizza at The Prince of Wales, Terminal 4, £10.45
Coming Up Rosé
Forget margaritas, frozen rose is everywhere in LA and frosé cocktails (the adult slushies) are officially the hottest drink to cool down with. While we might not have the weather for slushies in winter, why not nod to the trend with an ice-cold glass of rosé at The Commission.
Chill out with a glass of Domaine Montrose Rosé at The Commission, Terminal 4 from £5.95
Parcels of Joy
Dumplings are hardly new but they’re still beating off rival food trends left, right and centre. What could be more delicious than a steaming, perfectly seasoned mouthful of goodness? Try the Veggie Gyoza Wok Pot from Eat in Terminal 2 & 3 and leave as stuffed as a dumpling.
Dig into the Veggie Gyoza Wok Pot at EAT, Terminal 2 & 3, £4.99
Roll Up, Roll Up
Celebrate Singapore’s love of seafood with a selection of classic California rolls featuring snow crab, avocado and tobiko at Gordon Ramsay Plane Food, Terminal 5.
Simply delicious California Rolls at Gordon Ramsay Plane Food, Terminal 5, £9
Bowled Over by Beef
The booming food truck culture in Miami is celebrating rich and luscious stews with their pulled beef and rice becoming a fast lunchtime favourite. Over on our shores, dive into the spiced Hawaiian Beef Chilli Bowl at Wondertree in Terminal 2 for a wonderful, warming treat.
Enjoy a Hawaiian Beef Chilli Bowl at Wondertree, Terminal 2, £10.95
Spin on gin
Like a Negroni but better. Lighter, but somehow more complex. The bitterness is found naturally in the Grapefruit Marmalade allowing this to perfectly complement the soft Fortnum’s gin and the delicate sweetness of Lillet. Enjoy Fortnum & Mason’s lip-smacking house blend, in Terminal 5.
Kick back with a Fortnum & Mason Spin on Gin, Terminal 5, £12.50
A Fresh Take on Steak
You can’t beat a brilliant steak and no one knows that better than the French. Classic Parisian bistro cooking has a new audience in young metropolitan diners looking for traditional with a twist. Sink your teeth into this perfect plate of food with the Ribeye Steak Frites at Oriel in Terminal 3.
Treat yourself to Ribeye Steak Frites at Oriel, Terminal 3, £21.50
Food-lovers in Madrid are going mad for Fideuà, a pasta version of the classic Spanish rice and seafood dish Paella. Interested? Dive into the delectable Seafood Linguini at Strada in Terminal 3 for your very own hearty taste of the ocean. No swimwear necessary.
Don’t miss the Seafood Linguine at Strada, Terminal 3, £14.25
Edinburgh has spearheaded the celebration of Scottish produce and now the city boasts everything from Michelin-starred restaurants to budget friendly cheap eats. Stay in keeping with Edinburgh’s on trend foodie style by enjoying a delicious Pulled Pork Burger (£16.95) at The Gorgeous Kitchen in Terminal 2.
Try the Pulled Pork Burger at The Gorgeous Kitchen, Terminal 2, £16.95
Explore the culinary capitals of the world, discover five apps to improve your Instagram game and find out the facts about food tourism in the Taste the World Guide - everything you wanted to know about exploring the world one plate at a time.Read the report
If you're coming through Heathrow, you could win one of our Instagram photography kits.
We're giving away a prize a week, so simply share your meal at a participating Heathrow restaurant on Instagram using #tastetheworld and @heathrow_airport for your chance to win:
*T&Cs apply. See T&Cs at the bottom of the page for more information.
Fabulous foodie sisters Hemsley + Hemsley have shared their top food photography tips guaranteed to make your foodstagram pics sing no matter what filter you choose.
As with any kind of photography, lighting is key. We think that natural light is best when taking photos of food, so if you’re dining out and want a great snap for the gram, ask for a table by the window if possible. Flash lighting can look harsh and never looks as good as naturally lit images once it’s been edited or overlaid with a filter. If you really need a little extra light, using the torch on someone else’s phone can be a more subtle way around using a flash. iPhones are equipped with pretty good exposure settings too so you can tap the darkest part of an image to brighten it up a bit.
Normally, we’d say don’t play around with your food, but in this instance, do! By that we mean rearranging food on your plate to make it look more striking, or adding contrasting garnishes like fresh herbs, chilli flakes or black sesame seeds. Food can start to wilt quite quickly, so be conscious that you’ll have to snap away relatively fast to get the most mouth-watering shot. Having olive oil or water to hand helps as a little spray can help bring dishes, especially salads and veg, back to life.
Experiment by playing colours and textures off of each other, such as glossy desserts on a matte plate, or stark, bold ingredients laid out on to a neutral or marble surface. Creating contrast in some of your images will make them more eye-catching and memorable. Try getting napkins and candles into the frame too to really set the scene. Hands reaching for food also brings the photos to life and can make them look more personable.
Leave a little to the imagination, and by that we mean don’t stress if you can’t fit everything into one frame. Letting plates of food, ingredients, napkins or chopping boards fall outside of the photo can look natural and allows the viewer to picture the full scene for themselves. Some people like to divide images up into tiles using other apps such as PicSlit or Instagrid, giving the full image a greater impact on your feed.
It’s important to look at the bigger picture, so bear in mind how your Instagram feed looks as a whole. Do all the tiles complement each other or do they clash? Develop a look and feel that is uniquely yours and and roll with it, people will follow you because of that! You can keep the consistence by paying attention to the kinds of images you like and the favorites that you’ve taken yourself.
Got the jitters? Try tucking your elbows closely into your sides to keep the camera as still and stable as possible. This will avoid blurring the image and may or may not also work those tricep and core muscles! Tapping on the screen of your phone helps focus the image too.
We like to get up close and personal with our food, so if you’re after a more closely cropped shot, move yourself and the camera lens closer to the subject as opposed to zooming in, as this can decrease the quality of the image, especially if you’re using a mobile phone.
When posting your image, it’s helpful to geotag the place you’re eating at and also include the handle (if they have one) in the image so that people can find your recommendation easily via Instagram and Google maps. If we’re posting a home-cooked meal, our followers love to see which ingredients we’ve used so sometimes we will tag our favourite brands/suppliers too.
Variety is the spice of life so mix up your composition with a main course, drinks and a side or dessert, it’s nice to be able to see a full meal in a shot and can inspire future visitors to order similar dish combinations. What’s more, having the variety of dishes and drinks can add different dimensions to your photos.
Don’t be afraid to get snap happy and take multiple images from different angles until you find the best one. Practice makes perfect!
From contemporary classics at Gordon Ramsay Plane Food to the ultimate Japanese fast food at Yo Sushi, excite your tastebuds before you fly at Heathrow.
The terms and conditions below govern the Taste the World competition (the "Competition").
Promoter's name and address
1. The Competition promoter is Heathrow Airport Limited of the Compass Centre, Nelson Road, Hounslow, Middlesex, TW6 2GW ("Heathrow").
2. The Competition shall run from 02.10.17 to 31.10.17 inclusive (the "Competition Period"). For the avoidance of doubt, both 02.10.17 and 31.10.17 are within the Competition Period.
3. Entries received outside of the Competition Period shall not be valid.
Who can participate?
4. Subject to Conditions 5 and 6, the Competition is free to enter and is open to UK residents aged 16 or over with an Instagram account.
5. Employees of Heathrow or their families, its agents, contractors, consultants, or anyone professionally connected with the Competition and all affiliates of such companies may not enter the Competition.
6. Employees of the Heathrow Participating Restaurants whose place of work is on the Heathrow estate may not enter the Competition.
7. To qualify for entry, an entrant must, within the Competition Period, post a photograph of their food from one of the Heathrow Participating Restaurants to Instagram with @heathrow_airport and #TasteTheWorld (a "Qualifying Entry").
8. The participating restaurants are as follows: Oriel, Strada, Huxleys, La Salle, Giraffe, Wondertree, The Commission, Fortnum and Mason, The Perfectionist Café, Gordon Ramsay's Plane Food, The Curator, Itsu, EAT, Ca'puccino, Prince of Wales, Caviar House, PRET, Wetherspoons, Starbucks, LEON, Caffè Nero, Giraffe Stop and The Gorgeous Kitchen (the "Heathrow Participating Restaurants").
9. Any breach of these terms and conditions by an entrant, or any misrepresentative or fraudulent entries, will void an entry.
Selection of the winner
10. A winner shall be drawn from the Qualifying Entries at random by an independent adjudicator (the "Winner"). There will be four winners in total, with one winner drawn per week of the Competition Period. Heathrow's decision is final and binding in all respects on all entrants.
11. Each Winner shall receive a Heathrow Instagram Food Photography Kit consisting of a selfie stick, a smartphone tripod, a smartphone LED light and a smartphone clip-on wide angle lens (the "Prize").
12. A smartphone is not included in the Prize.
Notification of the winner
13. Heathrow will notify the Winner by direct message via Instagram ('Notification'). The Winner will be required to direct message Heathrow via Instagram to accept the Prize within 24 hours of the Notification and confirm their contact telephone number and home address to arrange delivery of the prize. Should Heathrow not receive contact from the Winner within 24 hours of the Notification, the Winner will forfeit the Prize. Heathrow reserves the right to award the Prize to another entrant.
14. The Prize is not transferable, non-refundable and no cash alternative will be offered. Heathrow reserves the right at any time to cancel, modify or supersede the prize draw (including altering the Prize).
15. The Prize may be subject to additional terms and conditions, including but not limited to Heathrow's terms for service. The Winner agrees that the cost of and the responsibility for complying with such terms and conditions will be borne solely by the Winner. All third party terms and conditions relating to the Prize are beyond the control of Heathrow.
16. Subject to Conditions 17 and 18, any personal data provided by an entrant will remain confidential to Heathrow and will not be disclosed to any third party without the entrant's prior consent.
17. Heathrow reserves the right to use the information for the purpose of facilitating the Competition including but not limited to publishing the name and general location of the Winner for advertising and publicity purposes without additional remuneration.
18. Heathrow reserves the right to provide the Winner's details to third parties for the purposes of administering the Competition including but not limited to the actual providers of the Prize.
19. Please note that the Competition is in no way sponsored, endorsed, administered by, or associated with Instagram. By entering the Competition, you acknowledge that Instagram bears no responsibility for the Competition and you release Instagram from any liability whatsoever in connection with the Competition.
20. Under no circumstances will Heathrow (or its parent, subsidiaries and affiliated companies) be liable (except in the case of death or personal injury arising from its negligence or in respect of fraud) for any losses, damages, costs or expenses arising from or in any way connected with any errors, defects, interruptions, malfunctions or delays in the Competition or for any Prize connected with the Competition and liability is excluded, to the fullest extent permitted by law for any loss or damage caused to the Winners arising out of or in connection with the Prize.
21. Entry of the Competition signifies your acceptance of these terms. Heathrow reserves the right to amend the Competition terms at any time. These terms will be governed by English law and you irrevocably agree that the Courts of England and Wales shall have exclusive jurisdiction to settle any dispute or claim arising out of or in connection with the Competition.