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Why London's Top Chefs Are Moving out to the Neighbourhoods

London’s restaurant market has seen a steady rise in the number of fine eateries, giving discerning capital city diners a veritable smorgasbord of options to choose from when dining out.

Mayfair is likely to remain a magnet for discerning eaters, tourists and chefs.

So, it may be surprising to hear that many top chefs are now moving away from the heart of London’s restaurant scene in W1.

According to Harden’s London Restaurants, only one of the “most significant” openings of the last 12 months found in the guide was to be found in the traditional epicentre of Mayfair.

But what’s causing this culinary migration?

Harden’s Co-editor Richard Harden believes the expensive regeneration (or gentrification depending on your viewpoint) is channelling new energy into areas that had previously seen better days and were no-go areas for many.

Along with premium restaurants, comes trendy bars and highly desirable property developments, all going to boost the local economy and making these areas (Shoreditch, Brixton etc) the places to see, live or go and eat in.

Mayfair is likely to remain a magnet for discerning eaters and tourists along with top chefs, but this change allows for more ventures for restaurant entrepreneurs to expand in further afield.

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