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10 Things Not to Do in London

by Giovanna Dunmall

Don't…
Eat at a Gordon Ramsay restaurant (if you're on a budget)

Petrus, celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay's newest venture in London, is, according to The Observer's restaurant critic, Jay Rayner, "a terrific restaurant in search of a menu." The general consensus is that Ramsay is fresh out of ideas, and at Petrus is charging too much for food that is not memorable. Whether he's spreading himself too thin by building his empire at home and abroad (he's also been losing Michelin stars and has had to close restaurants in recent years), Ramsay is hanging in there. And even if you don't (or can't afford to) eat at one of his many restaurants, you may unwittingly find yourself dining at an eatery helmed by one of his protégés, such is this chef's influence in London.

Instead…
Eat at one of Ramsay's protégés' restaurants

Up-and-coming chef Gemma Tuley, just 27 years old, started out under Ramsay but is now wooing critics with her remarkably confident and sophisticated cooking at Manson. Swiss-born Bjorn Van der Horst (pictured), 37, has worked with Joël Robuchon and Alain Ducasse, and he's won two Michelin stars—one of them as chef patron at Gordon Ramsay Holdings' former restaurant La Noisette. Now that he has his own restaurant, Eastside Inn, the food is gasp-out-loud good. And a Tuley or Van der Horst meal is decidedly more affordable than a Ramsay night out.

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