Barbecue Tops Burgers As Zagat Lists London Restaurants

Elsevier and Energy Institute Organize First Energy Systems Conference To Be Held in June 2014, London, UK

London shares have rebounded as investors welcomed more bright Chinese economic data and easing Syria tensions, dealers said.AFP/File LONDON (AFP) London shares rebounded on Tuesday as investors welcomed more bright Chinese economic data and easing Syria tensions, dealers said. The benchmark FTSE 100 index ending the day up 0.82 percent at 6,583.99 points. “Equity markets are rallying strongly … as the market reacts to better than expected industrial production numbers out of Beijing and reduced tensions around Syria,” said analyst Matt Basi at traders CMC Markets. “It seems global leaders are unanimous on the need to follow UN protocol and direct their efforts to intervene in the crisis down the correct channels, which makes a refreshing change to the ‘bomb first, argue later’ approach that markets had feared.” Traders seized on a possible breakthrough in the Syria crisis after Russia proposed a plan to avert a US-led strike on Damascus by securing a deal for the regime to destroy its chemical weapons. US President Barack Obama said the move could be a “significant breakthrough”, easing fears of an attack that many analysts fear could lead to a wider conflict in the Middle East. Airlines took advantage of the easing tensions with Easyjet rocketing its way to the top of the FTSE 100 leaderboard as the budget carrier soared by 7.18 percent to close at 1,358 pence. “The easing of tensions in Syria — due to the Russian comments and US President implying that military action may not be necessary — has seen airline shares bounce as tourists could be more willing to travel around the general Middle East region,” said Richard Hunter, analyst at Hargreaves Lansdown stockbrokers. The Syria news also pushed oil prices lower, which in turn cuts the cost of jet fuel for airlines. Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) was also in demand and the beleaguered lender up 4.71 percent to close at 356 pence. On the London Bullion Market, gold prices retreated to $1,373 an ounce from $1,390. This had a knock-on effect on Randgold Resources as the Mali-based precious metal miner was the biggest faller, down 4.58 percent to close at 4689 pence. Fresnillo was also under heavy selling pressure and the Mexico-based miner saw its shares tumble 3.47 percent to close at 1225 pence. Lloyds Banking Group remained the most traded blue-chip with 127.59 million units switching owners, followed by Vodafone which saw 119.11 million units being exchanged in busy trading volumnes. On the currency markets, sterling climbed to $1.5728 at 5:15pm from $1.5696 at the same time on Monday, and also crept up to 1.1869 euros from 1.1840 euros a day earlier.

in Soho — which often has long lines of customers waiting — beats Honest Burgers, Pepper Tree and Spice Village for meals at 25 pounds ($39.30) or less, the New York-based guide says, citing reports from 10,271 diners. The Wolseley remains the citys most popular restaurant, followed by Hakkasan, according to an e-mailed release from Zagat today. The Hawksmoor steak house jumps to third place for popularity from 11th in last years guide, climbing over fish specialist J. Sheekey. Heston Blumenthal s Dinner by Heston is in fifth place. The Waterside Inn in Bray near London is judged to have the best service, beating the Ledbury. The Waterside Inn also holds onto its No. 1 slot for top food, in front of Yashin Sushi (Japanese), Barrafina (Spanish), Gauthier Soho (French) and the Ledbury. The guide, covering 1,290 restaurants, says Sketch Lecture Room & Library has the best decor and Masala Zone is the most popular chain. On average, the London surveyors eat out 3.7 times a week and spend an average of 37.35 pounds per person. Poor service is the No. 1 dining irritant, followed by high prices. The London survey says Italian remains the most popular cuisine, with 23 percent of votes, followed by Japanese (17 percent) and last years runner-up French (14 percent). Google Inc. (GOOG) spent $151 million in Sept.

Bethan Keall, Elsevier’s Director of Energy Journals, added, “We are delighted to work so closely with the Energy Institute to organize the Energy Systems Conference next year. We see this as a key opportunity to work together with academia, industry representatives and policy leaders to seek long term, integrated solutions for the challenges facing the delivery of energy, both locally and globally.” The Energy Systems Conference will be held 24-25 June, 2014 in London. Visit the conference website to submit an abstract and register as a delegate: http://www.energysystemsconference.com About the Energy Institute The Energy Institute (EI) is the leading chartered professional membership body for the energy industry, supporting over 16,000 individuals working in or studying energy and 250 energy companies worldwide. The EI provides learning and networking opportunities to support professional development, as well as professional recognition and technical and scientific knowledge resources on energy in all its forms and applications. The EI’s purpose is to develop and disseminate knowledge, skills and good practice towards a safe, secure and sustainable energy system. A registered charity, the EI serves society with independence, professionalism and a wealth of expertise in energy matters. For more information, please visit http://www.energyinst.org . About Elsevier Elsevier is a world-leading provider of scientific, technical and medical information products and services. The company works in partnership with the global science and health communities to publish more than 2,000 journals, including The Lancet and Cell , and close to 20,000 book titles, including major reference works from Mosby and Saunders. Elsevier’s online solutions include ScienceDirect , Scopus , SciVal , Reaxys , ClinicalKey and Mosby’s Suite , which enhance the productivity of science and health professionals, helping research and health care institutions deliver better outcomes more cost-effectively. A global business headquartered in Amsterdam, Elsevier employs 7,000 people worldwide.