Restaurants & Bars: Restaurant Reviews


Same Ivy values with a lick of gloss and an updated menu


Opening hours

Mon-Weds: 8am-11.30pm
Thurs-Fri: 8am-12am
Sat: 12pm-12am
Sunday 12-10.30pm


1- 5 West Street, WC2H 9NQ

More info

Other info

There’s a dress code; see website for details.

Vibe & Decor

Here, it’s all class. The Ivy may have just had a multi-million pound facelift but the iconic spot has retained its old school values. White linen, glamour, suits and quiet chatter. We say get a plush stool at the new glistening bar for luxe bar dining.


‘World cuisine’ may usually be a no-no but The Ivy has done it well. We would normally say swap your usual Ivy menu staples (the Ivy hamburger, fish ‘n’ chips, sausage and mash…) for some new additions such as the tossed salad of barbecued squid, corn-fed chicken breast with pumpkin pistou and tea smoked short ribs, but the shepherds pie and steak tartare will have us coming back again. Dessert wise, make use of the expert sommeliers and go for a dessert wine or port.

Top Tip

This is THE after-theatre spot, not only for location but the atmosphere kicks up a notch. Oh, for those with bags, the cloakroom has moved, but don’t worry, just ask the maitre d’.


It’s traditional and old school feel because, even in London, some things should never change.

Originally published on
18th June 2015


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