Interactive Map Shows Which Restaurants in London are Dirty

By Nick Cowen on at

If you fancy heading out this weekend to one of London's myriad restaurants, you might want to take a quick gander at this map before you do. Compiled using data from the Foods Standards Agency, it cleverly breaks down the pubs, restaurants and food outlets in London by their food hygiene score. The results just may make you re-think your dining choices in your area.

This is especially true if you live in Enfield, North London, which tops out the low-hygiene list with 28.3 per cent of the borough’s eateries scoring two, or less than two, out of five on the government’s Food Hygiene Rating Scheme. Furthermore, 2.7 per cent scored zero; it's possible even these areas' foxes would turn up their snouts at the leftovers in the bins at this stage.

Hackney and Islington (yes, Islington) follow closely behind, with 24.5 per cent and 21.69 per cent of the food serving establishments in those areas scoring two or less. Lewisham pops up in fifth place, offering the least hygienic eating spots in South London, with 20.64 per cent.

Depending on where you reside in the Big Smoke, it might be time to dust off that Jamie Oliver cookbook you were given eons ago and actually learn how to use the damn thing.