The number of new restaurants in London jumped by 25 percent from a year earlier to 134 in the past 12 months. Closings were little changed at 74, indicating demand is proving resilient during the economic slowdown.
Gordon Ramsay plans to open two more restaurants in London this year, one of them with the sportsman David Beckham. This is a good time to consider his impact on gastronomy rather than his pantomime role as an angry TV chef.
London’s Soho has been a red-light district for hundreds of years. You don’t need to consult the history books to learn about its seedier side: Neon signs for strip shows, sex toys and “models” are openly on display.