What’s that coming over the hill? It’s the £200+ per head restaurant…


The price of a meal out in London continues to rise above inflation, with the emergence of the £200+ per head restaurant, new figures show today.  

The trend has been described by the publishers of the latest Harden’s London Restaurants guide, which is based on two years of averaged data, because Covid-19 prevented the publication of its 2021 edition.

The average price of dinner for one at establishments listed in the guide is £64.14 compared with £59.28 two years previously.

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Prices have risen by an annualised rate of 4% in the past two years, which remains above the general annual inflation rate of 3.2% for the 12 months to August 2021.

The rise is most marked amongst pricey restaurants (over £100 per head). In this group, the annualised growth is a significant 8.8%.

The guide’s authors note that there has been a marked change in restaurants for which the guide’s formula price is over £200 per head.

Whereas in the 2020 edition, only one restaurant (The Araki) had a formula price above £200 per head, in the 2022 edition, there are seven: Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester; The Araki; Endo at Rotunda; Ikoyi; Kitchen Table; Mãos; and Sketch (Lecture Room).

The number of restaurants with a formula price over £150 per head, meanwhile, has risen from 9 to 24.

The formula price assumes a bottle of house wine spread between two, and thus represents the minimum one could sensibly spend in a luxury restaurant.

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