This week Tobacco Dock in Shadwell has been converted into a foodie mecca for Taste of London’s winter gathering of all that is great and good in the London food scene. Built in 1811 to house, you guessed it, imported tobacco, this beautiful building has had a chequered recent history. It fell into disuse when the landing of goods moved away from the area and in 1990 it was converted into a shopping centre for an eye-watering £47m but failed to draw enough customers and since then it’s been mainly unoccupied. On the plus side though it now provides a stunning venue for London’s top chefs to present new dishes, new takes on festive classics and for visitors to get involved with a dizzying array of masterclasses, tastings and demonstrations. A veritable who’s-who of London restaurants have set up their stalls and nowhere else in town even come close to offering such a density of delicacies right now. Whipped de Beauvoir salmon followed by a duck reuben, washed down with a Thunder toffee vodka? This is probably the only place you will ever be able to do this combination of flavours so if your tastes run to the delicious, don’t mind the agony of choice and have some tactically loose-waisted trousers then get down to Taste of London Winter this weekend. You can find out more here