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The Ivy

The Ivy

The Ivy

Address 1-5 West Street; London WC2H 9NQ
by Shaftesbury Avenue
Neighbourhood Covent Garden | See on map
Tube Leicester Square [Northern, Piccadilly]
Telephone +44 20 7836 4751
Website http://www.the-ivy.co.uk/
Price £40-60
Hours Mon-Sat: 12-15, 17:30-24, Sun 12-15:30, 17:30-23.

Despite the hype and slavish celebrity fans, The Ivy serves a surprisingly unpretentious menu of British favourites including fish and chips and a cracking sausage & mash.

Its proximity to Theatreland makes it a favourite special-occasion venue for a pre or post-production meal, with enough refinement in the approachable clubroom atmosphere to keep it feeling sparkly. Plus, the prices still manage to stay on the right side of reasonable.

Reservations can be hard to get without the help of a good concierge but walk-ins are often accepted during the week as they tend to hold open a few tables for regulars. Once in, do take a surreptitious peak at the neighbouring, and über-exclusive, Ivy Club – hidden away inside a flower shop next door.