11/29/2012 01:14:00 PM

London's Restaurants and Bars Fail to Impress Design Junkies

The Stay and Sweet Shop; photo: Nicolas Buisson, courtesy of Taschen
By Michael Parker
While some restaurants are just places to eat, others go to town on designing a feast for all the senses from the moment you step through the door, from the food to the ceiling to the floor. Some of the best appear in Architecture Now: Eat, Shop, Drink, a new book from Taschen that explores the world's most stylish and extraordinary shops, bars and restaurants, and the architects and designers who put them together.

The only entries for London are three shops and a hotel. Are British bars and restaurants still such places of staid refinement that they fail to make any impression? Take a look at the photographs of the competition here - which of London's restaurants and bars do you think should have made the grade?

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