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London's restaurant prices highest in the world

12 September 2007 by
London's restaurant prices highest in the world

London is the most expensive city in the world to dine out in, a new restaurant guide claimed today.

The Zagat London Restaurants 2008 guide said the capital had surpassed Tokyo as the world's priciest dining city, with the average cost for a meal rising almost 3% to £39.

The guide, based on a survey of 5,330 diners, also found that traceability and sustainability are high on the agenda, with nearly 60% of respondents happy to pay extra for organic or sustainably raised food.

Co-founder Nina Zagat said: "London diners are increasingly aware of what they're eating and it's not just something they're interested in but something they're prepared to pay for."

Zagat crowned the Michelin-starred Chez Bruce as top for food, praising the south London restaurant for its reliability and flawlessly executed menu. Michelin-starred L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon was named the best newcomer, while Gordon Ramsay's eponymous restaurant on Royal Hospital Road came top for service.

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By Kerstin Kühn

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