Boris Johnson has hailed London’s leisure industry for boosting jobs and growth after the sector created 1,750 new roles in the last month.
The jobs were created by three international companies and the London mayor believes the capital has benefited from being under the world’s gaze during the Olympic Games.
Johnson said: “London has been basking in the world spotlight for the past month and international investors have rightly seen that the capital is the best big city in which to start and grow a business.
“Our fantastic restaurants and leisure venues have never had a better opportunity to expand, capitalising on the amazing opportunities the Games are providing to boost jobs and growth in the capital.”
A spokesman for the British Hospitality Association said: “I think there are always opportunities to expand in London. It is a very busy city in terms of both overseas and domestic visitors.
“There are plenty of opportunities to expand in London, it is often a question of finding the right site and making sure the offer is right.
“I think the Olympic Games have raised the profile of London significantly and so we are very pleased to hear jobs have been created.
“We believe the catering industry and the hospitality industry as a whole gives huge opportunities to young people for a career, so the more jobs we can create the better it is.”
The 1,750 jobs created in the last few weeks include 215 permanent and 1,000 part-time positions at Sushisamba and Duck & Waffle at the Heron Tower.
The ONE Group, STK and their partners have taken on 500 people at The Hippodrome Casino and ME Hotel in Aldwych, while 45 jobs have been created by CJ Foodville at Bibigo in Soho.
The ONE Group director of operations (Europe) Jon Yantin said: “For any organisation that has genuine global aspirations, London is the ‘must-have’ location.
“In addition to the support provided by the mayor’s office through London & Partners, we have been impressed by everyone’s enthusiasm to work alongside an international operator’s entrance into the UK market – it is adding an extra dimension to our London venues.”