The World’s 50 Best Restaurants returns to London for 20th anniversary

Initially planned to be celebrated in Moscow, the 2022 edition of the annual celebration of the world's top restaurants will instead return to its roots

In its 20th year the celebration of the world’s best restaurants will return where it all began, in the British capital. Since 2016 when the organisation decided to take the ceebrations to New York City it has been an international affair, having since been held in Melbourne, Bilbao, Singapore and Antwerp. The 2022 edition was planned to take place in Moscow but the conflict currently taking place in that part of the world means that the event will instead come back to London on Monday 18 July at Old Billingsgate, home to the world’s largest fish market in the 19th century.

“We are thrilled to announce the much-anticipated date for The World’s 50 Best Restaurants Awards 2022 at such an iconic and historic London venue,” says William Drew, director of content for The World’s 50 Best Restaurants. “We can’t wait to bring the global gastronomic community back together in full once again, as well as to share with the world the incredible developments in London’s restaurant scene over recent years.”

A packed programme

With the programme still to be announced, highlights in London in mid-July will include a series of key events including the #50BestTalks forum, a Chefs’ Feast showcasing the finest produce and cooking from the UK, the  Meet the Chefs media roundtable and, of course, the awards ceremony and unveiling of the 2022 list itself. This special edition of #50BestTalks will focus on the art of hospitality under the title ‘Bring the Magic’, featuring some of the most inspirational and influential restaurateurs of the contemporary era.

New for this year is a 50 Best Collaboration Dining series, which will see leading chefs and restaurants in London team up with visiting 50 Best chefs from all over the world to create bespoke menus for one night only. Further information on participating chefs and restaurants and how to book will be made available in due course.

In addition to the principal title awarded to the restaurant voted the best in the world, other prizes including The World’s Best Female Chef, One to Watch, Art of Hospitality and Sustainable Restaurant Award, will be announced in the run-up to the London event.

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