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Old Tom & English

Old Tom & English

Old Tom & English

Old Tom & English

Address 187b Wardour Street; London W1F 8ZB
by Noel Street
Neighbourhood Soho – Oxford Street | See on map
Tube Oxford Circus [Bakerloo, Central, Victoria], Tottenham Court Rd [Central, Northern]
Telephone +44 20 7287 7347
Website http://oldtomandenglish.com
https://www.facebook.com/Oldtomandenglish
Price GBP 30-40
Hours Mon-Sat 17:30-23:30 (Fri-Sat until 24)

A bit of forward planning is needed for a night out at Old Tom & English in Soho. To be let into this dandy restaurant and lounge, you’ll need to actually ring the doorbell. And should you press the button by accident or just out of mere curiosity, then there’s a strict reservations-only policy to keep you in the cold.

That might all sound rather snooty and pretentious, but once inside it’s surprisingly homely. OK, ‘homely’ if your home looks like a designer showroom; the place has been conceptualized by the shit-hot Lee Broom and it’s packed with custom versions of his signature products, from his hand-cut crystal bulbs and carousel chandeliers to his sofas and glassware.

The vibe is relaxed, more like a private members club than a restaurant, and reinforced by the seating arrangement: somewhat informal in the bar and lounge area instead of the conventional rows of tables. It’s tempting to think of the food – a menu of modernized British classics, served small plate-style and perfectly fine – as simply the excuse to hang out and drink afterwards.

But there’s nothing wrong with a place where you’re happy to dine and even happier to linger, especially when it’s reasonably priced and has a decent offering of wine and cocktails like here. If you bring a group, request one of the five vaults for more privacy and to enjoy the ultimate party trick: A serving cabinet that lights up when your drinks orders are ready – and have appeared inside, as if by magic.