Now over the years I have heard and seen (on TV) the evolution of London as a paradise for foodies. It is nothing short of a the metamorphosis of a moth/backwater town (only in terms of food experience) into beautiful butterfly/city at the mouth of a river.
USA today had a nice report just yesterday.
“A regular three-course set menu was likely to comprise a “prawn cocktail,” an offal-filled pie and a nondescript gelatinous dessert; along with a wine list that boasted “red or white.” Yet today, London is commonly considered to be the culinary capital of Europe – even surpassing its cross-channel rival Paris.”
“It is a tale of immigration, inclination and inspiration.”
This is wonderfully telling. Y’all should also check out a fascinating documentary on BBC – ‘the one day series’ One day in London. This statement basically sums it up.
“Modern-day London is an extraordinarily multicultural city. Between 1981 and 2011, the population of London grew from 6.6 million to 8.2 million; and much of this is attributed to immigration. More than a third of the city’s current residents were born outside the UK, and large swathes of the rest are of non-British descent. There are now more than 300 languages spoken within the city. Naturally, this influx of people from across the world has had a significant impact on the depth and diversity of the local cuisine.”