London Restaurants

The Ivy

  • 1–5 West St. Map It
  • Covent Garden
  • British

Published 08/18/2015

Fodor's Review

The triple-A-list spurns The Ivy for its upstairs private members' club (and other luxe spots like Scott's, 34, and Chiltern Firehouse) but, nonetheless, this venerable luvvies landmark still receives a thousand calls a day! A mesmerizing mix of daytime TV stars, gawkers, day-trippers, and out-of-towners dine on salt-beef hash, squash risotto, Thai-baked sea bass, salmon fish cakes, eggs Benedict, and good ol' English classics like shepherd's pie or kedgeree (curried rice with smoked haddock, boiled egg, and parsley) in a handsome mullioned stained-glass and oak-paneled dining salon. Desserts are standards like Baked Alaska or sticky toffee pudding, service is unfailingly professional, and for low- to mid-range West End star-spotting this is still a happy hunting ground. If you can't snag a table by phone or online, try walking in on spec—it's been known to work.

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1–5 West St., London, WC2H 9NQ, England

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Published 08/18/2015


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