London wins new Michelin Stars
Visit London has announced the latest spate of restaurants and kitchens to be awarded Michelin Stars in 2012, luring in guests at luxury London hotels.
London's restaurant scene has been growing from "strength to strength", according to the group, as the Michelin Guide to Great Britain and Ireland 2012 has revealed that the capital now has 55 starred venues.
The city has seen the number of restaurants awarded stars grow year-on-year, with two awarded three stars, seven awarded two stars and an "amazing" 46 awarded with one star.
This year, four new restaurants have joined the list of Michelin-starred eateries, including London's top new locations.
Dinner by Heston Blumenthal and Pollen Street Social by chef Jason Atherton have been given the prestigious awards, alongside Hakkasan in Mayfair and North Road in Clerkenwell.
Meanwhile, both Gordon Ramsey and Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester retained their three star pole position.
"The new Michelin star ratings prove that London's food scene is one of the best of the world," commented London and Partners chief executive Gordon Innes.
"With more stars than ever before, the capital can be proud of its culinary offering, especially as the spotlight shines on the city as the host of the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games."
Visitors to the capital can now choose from 45 restaurants, including 13 new additions, that have received the Bib Gourmond Status awarded to good value eateries at moderate prices.
The Montcalm hotel is ideally suited to take advantage of central London restaurants, with the local station of Marble Arch providing easy access to the rest of the city.