Where not to eat in London: The worst places in London for food hygiene standards

Lynsey Barber
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Six of the worst local authorities in the UK when it comes to food hygiene standards are located in London, with Enfield taking the title for worst food safety, not just in London but for the whole of the UK.

Lewisham, Ealing, Harrow, Camden and Brent were also ranked in the bottom 10 of the 398 UK Local Authorities, according to research by Which?, which was based on data from the Food Standards Agency.

The consumer group based the ranking on three areas of food standards- the percentage of medium and high-risk food establishments complying with hygiene laws, the proportion of rated food premises in the area and the percentage of interventions carried out.

Just 54 per cent of Enfield’s medium and high-risk businesses meet with hygiene requirements, the research found. Richard Lloyd, executive director of Which? said the research revealed a “postcode lottery” on food hygiene.

Londoners can take a little comfort in the fact that Edinburgh and Birmingham are also on the naughty list.

The 10 worst local authorities for food standards enforcement

1. Enfield

2. City of Edinburgh

3. Lewisham

4. Ealing

5. Harrow

6. Perth and Kinross

7. Falkirk

8. Birmingham

9. Camden

10. Brent

The best local authorities for food standards enforcement

1. Cherwell

2. Brentwood

3. Broxbourne

4. Basingstoke and Deane

5. Hartlepool

6. Ballymena

7. Gwynedd

8. Rossendale

9. High Peak

10. Weymouth and Portland

Check out how well the area where you dine does when it comes to food hygiene with this intereactive map from Which?.

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