London officially world leader for restaurants

London’s culinary might has been recognised with its achievement of top spot on a list of the world’s greatest restaurants.

According to the list, which was compiled by Elite Traveller magazine, a US-based publication, ten of London’s restaurants have a place in the world’s top one hundred. Paris came second with nine of its restaurants gaining favour, while New York restaurants could only muster five positions.

The Elite Traveller list was contributed to by ‘ultra high net worth’ influencers and experts associated with the magazine. They reportedly made their choices based on the quality of food, surroundings and service at the resturants.

Of the London restaurants, The Ledbury in Notting Hill fared best, improving on its 16th position last year to be placed at number 10. However, the Fat Duck at Bray was the best-placed UK restaurant over all, coming second on the list to the winner for two consecutive years, Alinea in Chicago, US.

Head chef at the Ledbury, Brett Graham, told the Daily Mail, ‘I hope it’s a reflection of how we look after our customers and also the quality of our product. We have a great, energetic young team who love what they do and I think that passion comes through.’

The positions of London’s other nine restaurants on the list were, Restaurant Gordon Ramsay (33), Alain Ducasse at the Dorchester (41), Dinner by Heston Blumenthal at the Mandarin Oriental (a new entry this year at 44), Amaya (64), Le Gavroche (65), Marcus Wareing at the Berkeley (69), Zuma (72), River Cafi (88) and Nobu London (93).

In addition to the Fat Duck, the three UK restaurants from outside London that feature on the list were Le Manoir in Oxfordshire, the Waterside Inn and restaurant Andrew Fairlie in Scotland. The UK’s 14 total entries gave it second place as a nation, with France claiming the top spot.