Restaurant magazine just dropped its 2014 update of the World's 50 Best Restaurants, and London gave an admirable showing. The whole thing’s voted on by more than 900 international food industry experts from The Diners Club World's 50 Best Restaurants Academy, who list their choices in order of preference based on their "best restaurant experiences of the previous 18 months”. Refreshingly, it turns out that’s actually the entire judging criteria -- it literally just comes down to, “Is it good?" and, “How good?".
So, back to The Big Smoke -- here are the spots that captured enough votes to make the top 50 (and three more that made it into the top 100):
No. 5: Dinner by Heston Blumenthal
No. 10: The Ledbury
No. 55: St. John
No. 63: Hedone
No. 87: The Clove Club
London tied for third in the world (!) for cities with the most restaurants in the top 100, behind only... ugh... New York and Paris. 2014 marks the third-straight year that Dinner by Heston Blumenthal and The Ledbury made the list, and they've both climbed the ranks since 2012, when they started out at No. 9 and No. 14, respectively.
If you were wondering what non-London spots earned top-50 rankings, check out the full list, here.
Pete Dombrosky is an Editorial Assistant at Thrillist and call him old-fashioned, but he'll take his mum's cooking over these places any day (except weekends). Follow his sentimental musings on Twitter.