Two London restaurants named best in the world

Dinner  Heston Blumenthal Restaurant  Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Hyde Park, London, Sw1, United Kingdom Architect:  Tihany Design

Two restaurants in London have been named among the top 10 in the world at an awards ceremony in the capital.

The World's 50 Best Restaurant Awards said it was the first time two UK restaurants had won a place in the top 10.

The two-Michelin starred Dinner by Heston Blumenthal in central London, was the UK's top offering climbing two places to fifth. Source: PA.

While Brett Graham's The Ledbury in west London, which also has two Michelin stars, is up three spots to 10th place.

The Diners Club Lifetime Achievement Award was handed to Fergus Henderson, who owns a string of St John restaurants in London, for his contribution to the UK's "culinary identity".

But it was two-Michelin star Danish restaurant Noma (pictured above) which took the coveted top spot for the fourth time, after a slipping to number two last year.

It regained its title after a suffering damage to its reputation last year when dozens of guests fell ill.

It has famously served up moss, lichen and bone marrow on its menu.

It pushed Spain's El Celler de Can Roca, well-known for its free-style cooking and cutting edge techniques, into second place.

The annual awards ceremony organised by Restaurant magazine is considered a highlight of the global gastronomic calendar.

William Drew, group editor of The World's 50 Best Restaurants, said: "It has been another exciting year for the awards and we are thrilled to have once again welcomed the world's best chefs to London for a night of celebration within the industry.

"The appetite for reaching new gastronomic heights continues to grow and grow and we are honoured to play a small part in that process. It's fantastic to witness the strength and breadth of talent that exists across all corners of the globe."

Europe boasts 28 restaurants within the top 50, with Spain seven places each and Italy taking three.

Meanwhile the USA and Asia both have seven restaurants each appearing on the list.

The list is made up of votes of more than 900 international leaders in the restaurant industry, who each cast seven votes.

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