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Apr 30, 2013 10:50 PM

London restaurants in the top 100

The annual ‘Wold’s 50 Best Restaurants’ list was revealed during a ceremony at the Guildhall this week.. Two London restaurants made it to the list: The Ledbury moved up a place to number 13, and Dinner by Heston Blumenthal rose two places to number 7. The number one spot went to Girona’s El Celler De Can Roca, and second place was claimed by Copenhagen’s Noma — last year’s winner.

Several other London venues made it onto the 50 to 100 list (which is published alongside the 50 Best list): Pollen Street Social came in at number 84, St John at 71, Hedone at 70, and Viajante at 59.

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  1. Interesting list as usual.

    Interesting also that three of those London restaurants on the San Pellegrino list don't even make the Good Food Guide's top 50 in the UK, let alone top 50 in the world.

    Which may say something about how both lists are compiled.

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    1. re: Harters

      Totally agree with you, Harters.

      1. re: Harters

        What would you put for the UK Harters.

        For me the Fat Duck and L'Enclume are streets ahead of anywhere else I've eaten in this country.

        Viajante deserves its place towards the bottom of the list in my view.

      2. Where's Alain Ducasse @ the Dorchester?!!

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        1. re: klyeoh

          Or L'Enclume.

          Although I accept that few foreigners appear willing to see the UK beyond London. It's probably because they only ever visit the capital.

          1. re: Harters

            I think many foreigners may start in London, but many go to other areas, too. Well, maybe not Blackpool but they do get around... Bath, Scotland, Stratford Upon Avon etc. The Lake District is well known for its beauty and most everyone in my family was there long before I was.

            1. re: zuriga1

              I'm sure you're right that some do get out and about. But hearing a foreign accent, even in touristy places like Edinburgh (last week) is a comparitive rarity.

              And those tourists who may be getting out and about don't seem to post about their UK meals on Chowhound that often (although they often post about their London meals).

              (PS: I was gobsmacked about how many coach parties of Japanese tourists in the Scottish Highlands we came across last year. Although it was only around Loch Ness)

        2. The Square
          Waterside Inn
          St. John's Hotel
          (4 way tie)

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          1. re: Edwardrae

            Fergus Henderson won't be involved in St John's Hotel anymore after its takeover by Singaporean hotelier (Loh Lik Peng - also the financial backer for Jason Atherton's forays into Singapore, Hong Kong and Shanghai):

            Interesting to see if St John's Hotel maintains its culinary approach. I heard it may be renamed One Leicester.

          2. It is a weird list. I ate at Can Roca last year and it deserves that spot in my limited experience.

            In England Dinner above the Fat Duck is bizarre but is probably just about novelty.

            Otherwise it's very obvious the kind of establishments that will garner attention.

            Clearly the Waterside Inn, Square, Gavroche etc are not going to make it as they are significantly inferior to Gagnaire, Arpege, Guy Savoy etc and that french tradition is not flavour of the month among the SP 'jury'.