Like the legendary Ivy, Sheekey’s (nobody calls it ‘J Sheekey’) is owned by millionaire-restaurateur Richard Caring, and to those in the know, this is by far the better of the two restaurants in London. Despite being located down a theatreland alleyway, it is every bit as glamorous in its own way as its more famous sibling. The mirrored windows in Sheekey’s Dickensian façade do a fine job of preserving the identities of those inside, the series of elegant wood-panelled rooms makes it a great spot for intimate dinners, and without the preying paparazzi outside, high-profile diners are spared the indignity of being snapped as they leave. On the food front, the simple fish-based menu (including perennial favourites such as potted shrimps and skate in brown butter) is everything you could wish for – right down to the sort of traditional puddings that reduce grown-up British schoolboys to tears of nostalgic joy. And, if that weren’t enough, in late 2008, J Sheekey Oyster Bar opened just next door, serving market-fresh oysters, cockle and mussel meunière, gravadlax and the like, and champagne to help it down. Best of all, it is way easier to get a table at Sheekey’s than at The Ivy. But then you didn’t want to go there anyway, did you?