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The Ivy

British, Modern Restaurant in London

The Ivy, 1-5 West St, London, WC2H 9NQ
020 7836 4751    Email    Website   
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Harden's Survey Result
Overall Value
2.5
out of 5
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2.5
£72
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This former Theatreland idol still wows fans with its “slick and polished” style and “predictable” nursery fare; those who remember the glory days when this was London’s favourite restaurant, though, may find its current performance “embarrassing” – time, they say, “for a complete overhaul”.
STOP PRESS: Closed for renovations. Reopening June 2015.
Features
Business Facilities Yes1
Private Rooms Yes60
Last Orders 11 pm, Sun 10 pm
Dress Code no shorts
The Ivy Restaurant Reviews
Reviews of The Ivy Restaurant in WC2, London by users of Hardens.com. Also see the editors review of The Ivy restaurant.
John Wilford
Possibly losing something of its USP??...
Overall Value
4
out of 5
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Reviewed 4 months,

"Possibly losing something of its USP??"

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Alistair Sneddon
Still a great choice for a London night out...
Overall Value
4.5
out of 5
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Reviewed 5 months, 14 days ago

"Still a great choice for a London night out. Don't miss the Baked Alaska"

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Clifford Bonner
Making a comeback? A couple of years of fa...
Overall Value
4
out of 5
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Reviewed 11 months, 29 days ago

"Making a comeback? A couple of years of falling standards seems to have been turned around. A destination not only to spot famous faces but to enjoy what is on plate and in glass."

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The Editors Review

Paul Winch-Furness / PhotographerAhead of its restaurant reopening on 1 June, Theatreland fixture The Ivy will launch its new-look private dining room next week. Diehard fans will be pleased to hear (and see from these images) that the old girl's trademark harlequin stained-glass windows and dark oak panelling remain.


However there are a few fresh touches. Designed by Martin Brudnizki Design Studio, the private dining room has new soft furnishings, a baby grand piano, and the restyled bar now has a collection of contemporary art.


Paul Winch-Furness / PhotographerCaprice Holdings say the space is ideal for networking breakfasts, business lunches, book launches, dinner presentations, and birthday and anniversary celebrations, or even wedding and civil partnership receptions. So pretty much every conceivable event then!


There is space for up to 60 guests, with 32 on one long oval table, or up to 60 guests on six round tables. The whole private room has a capacity of 100 for cocktail and canapé receptions.


Paul Winch-Furness / PhotographerThe Ivy's refurb'ed restaurant will reopen on 1 June and is already taking reservations. The relaunch comes just in the nick of time – with their usual level of foresight, our reporters called for it to receive “a complete overhaul”! in the 2015 Harden's survey.


It didn’t used to be this way. You only need to go back a decade to find an era when the Ivy was Londoners’ Favourite Restaurant, with bookings – famously – needing to be made months ahead, even for quieter times of the week. Unless, of course, you were Famous. Perhaps the ‘New’ Ivy will once again seize the ‘Favourite’ crown!

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