Nearly 60 London hotels have been told to improve their food hygiene, including some of the capital's most prestigious establishments.
In a new report, a government watchdog has slammed hundreds of hotels across the UK for poor food hygiene giving more than 550 hotels two stars or less.
The four-star Royal Lancaster Hotel near Hyde Park and the Radisson Blu Edwardian in Covent Garden, London were among those to have received two stars or less, the Evening Standard reports.
The Food Standards Agency examines how hygienically the food is prepared, cooked, re-heated, cooled and stored, the cleanliness of buildings, and how restaurants make sure food is safe.
Under FSA rules, a two-star rating requires establishments to make some improvements, while a rating of one star requires 'major improvement', TravelMole reports.
A zero score means hotels must make urgent improvements.
"Unclean practices in a hotel kitchen could mean your simple bowl of porridge has you reaching for another kind of bowl right afterwards - or even heading to hospital," said consumer group Which?, which carried out the research.
The FSA estimates that there are 500,000 cases of food poisoning every year.
Which? is now calling for food hygiene ratings to be made compulsory. Travel editor Jill Starley-Grainger, said: "It's shocking that any hotel would put their guests' health at risk so we want the display of food hygiene ratings made compulsory as soon as possible.
"This will provide greater transparency and give consumers confidence about where they choose to eat."
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Blue Nile Cafe is a family run restaurant in Woolwich serving Ethiopian and Eritean food.
The Five Fields in Chelsea is a modern British restaurant serving some of the UK'S finest seasonal and artisinal produce.
The Green Pea is a family run restaurant, cafe and gallery in Greenwich specialising in quality pub grub.
Casa Tua is a friendly little Italian cafe located close to Camden Road overground station.
The Andover Arms in Hammersmith is a traditional British gastro pub tucked away in Brackenbury Village.
The Art of Pizza in Cricklewood serves traditional Neapolitan pizzas cooked in a stone baked oven.
With two Michelin stars, Le Gavroche in Mayfair offers classical French haute cuisine by chef Michel Roux Jr.
Bombay Chow in Hammersmith offers a selection of Indo Chinese dishes and specialities.
This Notting Hill restaurant boasts two Michelin stars under head chef Brett Graham.
Combining historic architecture and orientalism, Maison Souquet offers a Belle Époque experience of a time focused on peace and optimism. Set next to Montmartre in a neighbourhood formerly renowned for its pleasure houses, where nobility and socialites would party with bohemian Parisians during the Belle Époque era, the hotel features a grand staircase as the centre point for the ground floor’s large reception areas, including a great lounge, study and winter garden. Not to be missed, the underground pool and hammam boast a sky-painted ceiling. Famed French designer Jacques Garcia conjured up the opulence of 19th century France through antique woodwork and Cordova leather furnishings throughout the hotel and its 20 luxurious suites and rooms.
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The new InterContinental London – The O2 is set to become the most luxurious hotel in Greenwich when it opens in late 2015, with 453 bedrooms over 18 storeys. Located on the banks of London's River Thames, guests can enjoy breathtaking views of the water and neighbouring Canary Wharf. Facilities at the hotel include a luxury spa, a bar, two restaurants - comprising a fine dining and all-day dining experience - as well as an 18th floor Sky Bar boasting an uninterrupted, panoramic view across the water to Canary Wharf and beyond.
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Situated in Picasso’s first studio, where he painted the famous Ciencia y Caridad, The Serras is housed in a building dating from 1846 with an original Neo-Classical façade designed by Francesc Daniel Molina. Inside, Spanish designer Eva Martinez has created an elegant and fresh feel, with a look combining New York and modern Catalan styles. The five-star hotel has 30 rooms and suites, including the Picasso Suite, where the artist painted the view of Basilica de La Mercè, just around the corner from the hotel. The rooftop invites guests to relax with views over Barcelona's marina by taking a dip in the pool or having a drink at the bar. Dining is a Michelin-starred yet informal affair, with specialities such as sea bass sushi and Galician beef tataki from the grill.
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Autograph Collection debuts its first property in Switzerland, Kameha Grand Zurich, in March 2015. Set in the heart of Zurich, the unique hotel is a dazzling fusion of architecture and design, showcasing 11 individually-themed suites, including an extravagant Poker Face Suite fitted with roulette tables and Kameha poker cards, as well as a luxurious Serenity Suite which will boast yoga and wellness accessories to promote ultimate tranquillity. Along with beautiful bedrooms and suites, the hotel features a gourmet Italian restaurant, L’Unico, serving authentic homemade pastas, plus Japanese fine dining restaurant, Yu Nijyo. Puregold Bar is the place to enjoy evening cocktails and the Cigar Lounge allows guests to relax with a selection of Dominican and Cuban cigars. There is also the Arabian-themed Shisha Lounge and the Kameha Spa provides lavish treatments and therapies in a peaceful sanctuary setting.
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