Despite the economic instability, spending on fine dining in London increased in the first half of 2011 compared with the same period last year, according to research by American Express. 18-29-year-olds were the group that increased their spend the most, up 17%, while 30-45-year-olds spent 11% more. However, those aged 46-66 spent 7% less. Spending by those over 66 remained flat compared to the previous year. Men increased their spending on fine dining in the capital by 10% during he first half of the year, while spending by women was flat. Sujata Bhatia, the Europe and Asia vice-president of American Express Business Insights: “London's foodies aren't being deterred by the gloomy economic outlook and are still venturing out for a meal at one of the city's top restaurants. With so many great restaurants, London is undoubtedly one of the world's most exciting gastronomic locations and visitors and locals are making the most of the dining experiences on offer.”