Why are fish and chips so expensive

Whether it is a registered letter or a home, a haircut or a hotel room - the residents of the British capital have long known that living in London has always been a little more than just a little more expensive. But similar to the relationship between a felt temperature and actually measured degrees, one is sometimes very grateful when assessing the cost of living if one receives an independent, as it were scientific confirmation of the personal impression.

At least as far as the prices for a meal in restaurants are concerned, Londoners have it in black and white: their city is by far the most expensive metropolis in the world - far ahead of Paris, Tokyo and New York, not to mention such bargain paradises as Washington , Berlin or Miami. As the prestigious international restaurant guide "Zagat" calculated for London's restaurants, an average meal for one person with a drink in a London inn costs 39.09 pounds sterling - not including tip. That is 2.9 percent more than last year and - thanks to the strong exchange rate of the British currency - corresponds to 60 euros or 80 US dollars.

20 euros for fish and chips

When visiting the British capital, tourists in particular, whether from Europe or America, are more and more dependent on eating sandwiches, pizzas or hot dogs. Even the old classic fish and chips has become rare and accordingly expensive thanks to the overfishing of the world's oceans. The equivalent of at least 20 euros for a fried haddock with fries has to be pushed over the greasy counter of a "Chippie" - as the fast-food restaurants are affectionately known. And even a Big Mac only costs more in Reykjavik, Oslo or Zurich than in London.

Still, London boasts a multitude of restaurants, some of which are among the best in the world. Bizarrely, star chefs in Britain are even significantly cheaper than their colleagues in the cuisine capital Paris. On average, a luxury lunchtime meal in London costs as little as £ 87.90. This is six percent more expensive than last year, but comparatively cheap compared to Paris (148 euros) or even Tokyo (151 euros).

No time to cook

Only those who want to have their taste buds tickled by Super Chef Gordon Ramsay on Hospital Road in Chelsea have to dig deeper into their pockets. Here an average menu costs 107 pounds (157 euros). Despite the disproportionately high prices, which are also charged by Italians, Greeks and Indians on the corner, Londoners probably eat more out than residents of other large cities in Europe, America or Asia.

The main reason for this is that the distances between work and home are long and public transport is chronically unreliable (and expensive). Often there is no time for shopping and cooking, so that you end up eating in a local restaurant on many evenings.

Most Londoners seem to be just as willing to swallow the high prices as the mostly poor quality of the food. But what they get more and more angry about is the rude service to which they are often exposed. Especially in better restaurants, the "Zagat" guide found out, customers all too often suggest arrogance, arrogance and incompetence.