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The Ivy

) #244 of 18,151 Restaurants in London €€€€ British, French, European
1-5 West Street, London WC2H 9NQ, England
+44 20 7836 4751
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  • Excellent57%
  • Very good26%
  • Average11%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible2%
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British, French, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
1-5 West Street, London WC2H 9NQ, England
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Reviewed 2 days ago

I came over from Paris to meet friends for a theatre weekend in London and we ended on a lovely Sunday lunch in The Ivy. Wonderful service, fantastic surroundings and the Yorkshire Pud !!! Yum. Really lovely treat and will go again. We had 3...More

Thank Chickyboomboom99
Reviewed 2 days ago

My husband and I enjoyed our meal in this lovely restaurant, starter of soup was delicious and fresh, my salmon salad was tasty, albeit the salmon was slightly over cooked! Husband steak was excellent, although be aware you have to order sides separate. We didn't...More

Thank JacqBMiddlesbrough
Reviewed 2 days ago

First visit to The Ivy and we were made very welcome. Nice menu choice and the food staff and atmosphere were all splendid. Cocktails were a must. Made an anniversary extra special. Thank you.

Thank sixtyschick
Reviewed 2 days ago

We arrived a little early so we took a drink in their private bar and what a lovely place to while away a little time; whilst a chap played the piano my wife enjoyed a glass of champagne and when our table was ready they...More

Thank Allan W
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

My wife and I booked for lunch,the moment we walked in we were treated exceptionally well.Our table was not ready so we had a drink at the bar, after a few minutes we were shown to our table, now I must say a word about...More

Thank taxipete2014
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We dined here after seeing a performance of The Mousetrap across the street. We had cocktails before dining...as this is London, the barman knew to add a cucumber garnish to my Hendrick's gin and tonic rather than the more usual lime wedge. Full marks, sir!...More

Thank Banana_Bay
Reviewed 3 days ago

we visited the Ivy for lunch as on a trip to London and had booked this way in advance. when we arrived our table was not ready and we were asked to wait at the bar for about 30 mins and were totally ignored. when...More

Thank jmgreenfield12
Reviewed 3 days ago

Have been going to the Ivy off and on for nearly 40 years now and I think I can honestly say I have never had a bad meal. We like to take friends who have never been and who often think that it is going...More

Thank bean12017
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

I had the pleasure of having lunch at the Ivy this afternoon. From the moment I walked in until the moment I walked out I was treated like a queen. The service is impeccable and the food is absolutely decadent. The staff is very knowledgeable...More

Thank Jamie S
Reviewed 5 days ago

Excellent service, delicious food, beautiful surroundings and great atmosphere. We shall be dining at The Ivy next time we are in the UK.

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Covent Garden
Whether you're headed here to check out the multitude
of shops, theaters, cafes, pubs, and restaurants, or
simply to be among the multitude of people who pass
through this pretty part of town, you'll love soaking
up the festive and historic atmosphere in and around
Covent Garden. Even if you don't have tickets to the
opera or a show at one of the many famous theaters
here, don't be surprised if find yourself captivated
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12 August 2017|
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Response from Frank E | Reviewed this property |
If he is wearing a short sleeved shirt, then yes.
24 July 2017|
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Response from mariewhite2016 | Reviewed this property |
Dress how you feel in the mood. I wore a floaty short dress and felt fabulous. Did not appear to be out of place in the restaurant.
24 July 2017|
Response from B G | Reviewed this property |
We dressed smart casual for early evening dinner.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$39 - US$64
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast
Restaurant features
Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Business meetings, Bar Scene, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Open Hours
12:00 - 22:30
12:00 - 23:30
12:00 - 23:30
12:00 - 23:30
12:00 - 00:00
12:00 - 00:00
12:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1-5 West Street, London WC2H 9NQ, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  London>  > Covent Garden
  • Neighbourhood: Covent Garden
  • Phone Number: +44 20 7836 4751
The Ivy restaurant has been a firm fixture on London’s dining and social scene since its foundation in 1917. The Covent Garden restaurant and private room upstairs are the epitome of glamour – now more than ever after a triumphant redesign in 2015 by the acclaimed Martin Brudnizki Design Studio. With its shimmering central dining bar, signature harlequin stained-glass windows, oak panelling and striking contemporary art collection, the longevity of this most British restaurant is ensured. Renowned for its food, Executive Chef Gary Lee creates balanced seasonal lunch and dinner menus that place the Ivy classics alongside a contemporary global palette, incorporating more Asian dishes, salads and vegetables, and a “sea and shells” section. Meanwhile, Director Fernando Peire and his experienced team deliver the unfaltering service for which The Ivy has become celebrated for worldwide, over the years.

The Ivy welcomes customers without reservations at the central dining bar, where the A La Carte and Table d'hôte menus are both served.
In this, its centenary year, there will be a host of special events lined up to celebrate both the past and future of this unique restaurant.
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