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London reaches for the stars!

The capital celebrates Michelin star success with highest ever results for the city.

London has confirmed its position as a leading world city for gourmet cuisine as a record 53 restaurants are awarded Michelin Stars in the 2011 Michelin Guide.

Gordon Ramsay's eponymously-named Chelsea restaurant and Alain Ducasse at the Dorchester have each retained their coveted three stars, while nine new London restaurants were added to the list overall.

New additions include Hélène Darroze at The Connaught, with the respected French chef awarded two stars for her restaurant within the top London hotel.  

The 2011 list draws a spotlight on East London with two new restaurants in the East awarded the one star honour; Galvin La Chapelle in Spitalfields, the second Galvin restaurant to be awarded a star, and relative newcomer Vijante, located at Bethnal Green's Town Hall Hotel.

Seven Park Place at St James's Hotel and Club also received a star, continuing the success of the capital's hotel restaurants, while Petrus in Belgravia added an accolade to the Ramsay group of restaurants.

The Mayor of London Boris Johnson said:
'This awesome news reflects what many of us have known for a long time - London is a fabulous destination for gourmands. No need to quiver at the prospect of eating out in the capital. Some of the finest chefs in the world are producing some of the most delicious food to be found anywhere, lip-smacking gastronomy we can all be immensely proud of.'

Visit London CEO Sally Chatterjee added: 'Today's results confirm London's reputation as one of the world's top destinations for fine dining. With over 6000 dining options, some of the best world cuisine available, and prices to suit all budgets, London's culinary scene not only provides outstanding quality but a breadth of choice that caters for all tastes.'

Michelin have been producing guides for Britain since 1911 with a stand-alone London edition launched in 1974. Stars are awarded to establishments serving cuisine of the highest quality as a result of independent, regular and anonymous visits from inspectors.

For comprehensive information on eating out in London visit http://www.visitlondon.com/attractions/eat/

Notes to Editors

London Michelin Stars 2011:

Three stars
Gordon Ramsay
Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester

Two stars
Pied à Terre
The Ledbury
The Berkeley
Hélène Darroze at The Connaught
Le Gavroche
Hibiscus
Square
L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon

One star
Chapter One
Hakkasan
Club Gascon
Rhodes Twenty Four
Harwood Arms
River Café
La Trompette
St John
Rasoi
Tom Aikens
Kitchen W8
The Glasshouse
Bingham Restaurant (at Bingham Hotel)
Petersham Nurseries Café
Viajante
Galvin La Chapelle
Chez Bruce
Amaya
Apsleys (at Lanesborough Hotel)
Pétrus
Zafferano
Benares
Galvin at Windows (at London Hilton Hotel)
Greenhouse
Kai
Maze
Murano
Nobu (at The Metropolitan Hotel)
Nobu Berkeley St
Semplice
Sketch (The Lecture Room & Library)
Tamarind
Umu
Wild Honey
L'Autre Pied
Locanda Locatelli
Rhodes W1(Restaurant)
Texture
Seven Park Place (at St James's Hotel and Club)
Arbutus
Gauthier-Soho
Yauatcha
Quilon

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