Come, escape the 21st century. Opened in 1798, London's oldest restaurant is, according to some, still London's most beautiful. The main dining salons are, indeed, an old world wonderland, what Maxim's is to Paris. The decor begins with plush red banquettes, lacquered yellow walls, and spectacular etched-glass skylights. Then, in High Victorian fashion, every cranny is covered with vintage needlepoint, Regency oil paintings, figurines, antlers, antique clocks, stuffed
pheasants, and endless framed prints. Little wonder Rules has been a stage across which everyone from Charles Dickens to Laurence Olivier has pranced. For your shining day—be sure to ask for a table in one of the "glass house" skylight rooms, the bar area, or the Margaret Thatcher corner—dig into the menu's historic British dishes like steak-and-kidney pie, jugged hare, partridge, or roast beef and Yorkshire pudding. For a taste of the 18th century, you can choose game specials from the restaurant's Teesdale estate, including grouse, woodcock, snipe, and ptarmigan.