Recession? What recession? say London’s restaurants
The International Monetary Fund’s decision to downgrade the UK’s growth forecasts has heightened fears of a double dip recession, but it seems that no one has told Londoners.
Zagat has released the results of its 2012 London Restaurants Survey, which reveals that Londoners are eating out more than last year. The survey shows that Londoners ate out more than 2.4 times per week, compared to 2.2 last year – despite the fact that dining out in the capital has shot up by a staggering 6.3 percent this year from 40.84 to 43.30, marking the highest percent change in over a decade!
The survey, which includes ratings and reviews of restaurants voted on by diners, named the The Wolseley (a grandiose café-restaurant) as the most popular restaurant, bumping Gordon Ramsay at 68 Royal Hospital Road, into second place.
Factor in the recent arrival of Dinner by Heston Blumenthal at the Mandarin Oriental, Koffmann’s at The Berkeley, Wolfgang Puck’s Cut at 45 Park Lane, coupled with the opening of upscale restaurants like Franco Manca and Jamie’s Italian at the new Westfield Stratford City and it’s safe to say: Londoners have developed a palette for fine dining.