The hallowed name of ‘The Ivy’ has long been an institution for exclusive old-world dining in the capital, and this infamously classy London restaurant is the place to celeb scout. With its proximity to London’s theatreland, The Ivy is popular with theatre-goers and thespians alike, and it offers early evening and late night seating times to accomodate for pre and post-theatre dining.
The outside entrance is discreet and manned by top-hatted doormen, and once inside service is equally discreet but attentive. Decor is cozy but old-style formal, with wood panelled walls and stained glass leaded windows.
The menu offers an extensive choice of mostly classic British fare such as posh bangers and mash, pea soup and dumplings, Welsh rarebit and shepherd’s pie. There are also a couple of Indian and Italian dishes. Prices are surprisingly reasonable, though be warned: The Ivy is notoriously difficult to get a table at and you will definitely want to book well in advance.