Felicity Long
Felicity Long

*logoLondon's culinary reputation, which has been on the rise in recent years thanks to an influx of celebrity chefs and highly rated restaurants, got a hard knock from a recent TripAdvisor survey.

The results ranked England's capital city as the worst in Europe for cuisine, followed by Moscow and Warsaw.

Perhaps not surprisingly, Paris ranked at the top, although the City of Lights was also, incredibly, named most overrated.

A possible mitigating factor is that the 2,376 survey participants were Europeans, and 638 of those were British.

Could this be a case of preconceived notions being hard to shake?

It is hard to imagine that the voters dissing London's cuisine have sampled the stellar menus at Zuma in Knightsbridge, the Michelin-starred Ledbury in Notting Hill or Axis at One Aldwych, to name just a few.

The city received some harsh reviews in other categories, as well: It was named the dirtiest city in Europe (the second year in a row it has been thus "honored") and the most expensive.

Oddly enough, given the latter, London was ranked No. 1 for free attractions and public parks. Copenhagen, Denmark, was named Europe's cleanest city, and Prague, Czech Republic, was deemed the least expensive.

Antoni Gaudi fans will be pleased to know that Barcelona received a nod for best architecture, Dublin won for having the friendliest locals and Venice was the choice for most romantic.

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