Kitchens ramp up as hottest May in record drives 24% rise in London restaurant bookings

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According to Bookatable, Europe’s largest restaurant booking platform, there has been a 24% increase in London restaurants this month compared to the same period last year suggesting that Londoners are keen to get out and about when the weather warms up.

The rise in bookings is in line with recent reports that May 2016 is due to be the hottest ever on record.

Also increasing footfall in London this month is The Chelsea Flower Show.

Joe Steele, CEO of Bookatable, said: “To celebrate the start of the Chelsea Flower Show, and herald in the start of the warm weather, Bookatable have put together a roundup of the ultimate deals with flower power – from afternoon teas to fine dining – to make this springtime one to remember.”

Bookatable recently published research suggesting that while more and more high streets in the country are offering a wider range of international foods, British cuisine is booming.

The restaurant booking platform has analysed two years’ worth of British dining data based on its 3.8 million database of British diners. Looking at the most popular cuisines in the UK, the findings reveal that British cuisine has enjoyed a surge in popularity in the last year, now accounting for 27 per cent of all Bookatable’s bookings – up from 12 per cent of all bookings in 2014-15.

Whilst British cuisine continues to rise in popularity having knocked Italian off the top spot in 2013-14 and enjoying a boom in bookings in 2015-16, Brits clearly have a healthy appetite for international cuisine with Japanese, Italian and Chinese all consistently in the top ten.

Bookatable’s Top 10 Most Popular Cuisines 2015-16

  1. British
  2. Italian
  3. Steaks and Grills
  4. American
  5. French
  6. Pizza
  7. European
  8. Chinese
  9. Fish & Seafood
  10. Japanese
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