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London's food hygiene shame: The filthy restaurants in your area

Rat droppings found behind a fridge by inspectors. Photo: Westminster Council.

An ITV News investigation has revealed that hundreds of places to eat in London have been given a zero star rating by local authorities for food hygiene.

Across the city 358 establishments scored zero - which means urgent improvement is needed. The owners have 14 days to appeal the rating - if they decide not to many are allowed to stay open under the proviso that they will improve safety.

When a restaurant is deemed to be an immediate risk to the public it is closed down.

Restaurants in Camden, Ealing and Tower Hamlets fared worst in the most recent inspections.

22 restaurants in Camden, 19 in Ealing and 17 in Tower Hamlets were given zero stars and told they needed to urgently improve in order to avoid being shut down.

For takeaways, Croydon is the worst rated London borough - with 15 being given zero stars, followed by Newham where 12 takeaways scored zero and Brent where 11 takeaways were given the lowest possible rating.

It appears Havering is the cleanest place to eat in London - none of the pubs, takeaways or restaurants inspected scored zero.

Rats have been having a feast of these potatoes. Credit: Westminster Council

The ratings are publicly available - and you can check the rating of your favourite restaurant on the Food Standards website here.

Inspectors decide the ratings by evaluating the following:

  • how hygienically the food is handled - how it is prepared, cooked, re-heated, cooled and stored
  • the condition of the structure of the buildings - the cleanliness, layout, lighting, ventilation and other facilities
  • how the business manages and records what it does to make sure food is safe

Barking and Dagenham

  • 1 takeaway given a zero star rating
  • 0 restaurants given a zero star rating

Barnet

  • 4 takeaways given a zero star rating
  • 8 restaurants given a zero star rating

Bexley

  • 1 takeaway given a zero star rating
  • 2 restaurants given a zero star rating

Brent

  • 11 takeaways given a zero star rating
  • 11 restaurants given a zero star rating

Bromley

  • 0 takeaways given a zero star rating
  • 3 restaurants given a zero star rating

Camden

  • 7 takeaways given zero stars
  • 22 restaurants given zero stars
  • 1 pub given zero stars

City

  • 2 takeaways given zero stars
  • 4 restaurants given zero stars

Croydon

  • 15 takeaways given zero stars
  • 9 restaurants given zero stars

Ealing

  • 9 takeaways given zero stars
  • 19 restaurants given zero stars

Enfield

  • 10 takeaways given zero stars
  • 9 restaurants given zero stars

Greenwich

  • 4 takeaways given zero stars
  • 0 restaurants given zero stars

Hackney

  • 3 takeaways given zero stars
  • 3 restaurants given zero stars

Hammersmith and Fulham

  • 1 takeaway given zero stars
  • 4 restaurants rated zero stars

Haringey

  • 3 takeaways given zero stars
  • 3 restaurants given zero stars

Harrow

  • 5 takeaways given zero stars
  • 12 restaurants given zero stars
  • 1 pub given zero stars

Havering

  • 0 takeaways given zero stars
  • 0 restaurants given zero stars
  • 0 pubs given zero stars

Hillington

  • 2 takeaways given zero stars
  • 4 restaurants given zero stars
  • 1 pub given zero stars

Hounslow

  • 2 takeaways given zero stars
  • 2 restaurants given zero stars

Kensington and Chelsea

  • 0 takeaways given zero stars
  • 2 restaurants given zero stars

Kingston

  • 3 takeaways given zero stars
  • 1 restaurant given zero stars

Islington

  • 7 takeaways given zero stars
  • 8 restaurants given zero stars
  • 2 pubs given zero stars

Lambeth

  • 2 takeaways given zero stars
  • 1 restaurant given zero stars

Lewisham

  • 8 takeaways given zero stars
  • 5 restaurants given zero stars

Merton

  • 3 takeaways given zero stars
  • 3 restaurants given zero stars
  • 1 pub given zero stars

Newham

  • 12 takeaways given zero stars
  • 10 restaurants given zero stars
  • 1 pub given zero stars

Redbridge

  • 1 takeaways given zero stars
  • 4 restaurants given zero stars

Richmond

  • 0 takeaways given zero stars
  • 3 restaurants given zero stars
  • 1 pub given zero stars

Southwark

  • 5 takeaways given zero stars
  • 4 restaurants given zero stars

Sutton

  • 4 takeaways awarded zero stars
  • 3 restaurants awarded zero stars

Tower Hamlets

  • 0 takeaways awarded zero stars
  • 17 restaurants awarded zero stars

Waltham Forest

  • 4 takeaways given a zero star score
  • 3 restaurants given a zero star score
  • 1 pub awarded zero stars

Wandsworth

  • 9 takeaways scored only zero
  • 6 restaurants scored zero

Westminster

  • 0 takeaways scored zero
  • 22 restaurants scored zero
  • 3 pubs scored zero stars

If you think a restaurant near you is displaying an incorrect rating, get in touch: contactus@itvlondon.com.

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