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Name-checked in Oliver Twist by Dickens – and until the 1920s one of the largest courthouses in the UK – this Grade II Clerkenwell pile now incorporates an events space and restaurant on its fourth floor. It’s a 60-seater with a 20-seat terrace and rooftop pool. Planned since 2019 and open from July 2021, it’s run with input from various creative studios, St John co-found Jon Spiteri and well-known artist Jonny Gent. Expect lots of artfully distressed Victorian interiors and Med-inspired food from chef Florence Knight (ex head chef of Polpetto, et al).

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Summary

£62
  £££
3
Good
4
Very Good
5
Exceptional
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“A very special venue”; “hidden behind a nondescript door in Farringdon and accessed by an ancient brass lift, you pass beyond the heavy black curtain to a breathtaking dining room” at this “wonderfully atmospheric” two-year-old. “A historic setting” (mentioned in Dickens’s ‘Oliver Twist’) – its “high ceilings, distressed walls and candle light” come highly recommended for “an illicit date”. Fans of Florence Knight’s “inventive” cuisine say it “holds its own in the space” – is “magical” even – but to others it is “unspectacular” in comparison to the backdrop. “Booking a table requires military advance planning but it’s worth it”.

Summary

£60
  £££
3
Good
3
Good
5
Exceptional
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Believe the gushy reviews!” This “stunning” dining room – part of “a glorious Georgian building” in Clerkenwell which features in Dickens’s ‘Oliver Twist’ – is London’s highest profile opening of the year and “worth the hype!”: “it’s a restaurant that has everything!”. “From the moment you start looking for the inconspicuous entrance, to the concierge and the lift, then the big reveal into the dining room upstairs: it’s the perfect place to surprise someone”. And “what an interior!” – like “a faded palazzo”“there’s something about the high ceilings and the ambient lighting and the rugs on the floor that makes it the ultimate in shabby chic glamour”. Chef Florence Knight “can somehow combine ingredients that appear unpromising and end up with the most delicious, adventurous and unusual dishes”: “delectable small plates for sharing, with some meat but mainly fishy/veggie options”. “It’s just a shame it’s almost impossible to get a table now… it’s so hot!” Top Menu Tip – “the smoked eel and potato sandwich is unmissable, crisp outside and meltingly smoky and fishy within”.

Summary

£58
   ££
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Name-checked in Oliver Twist by Dickens – and until the 1920s one of the largest courthouses in the UK – this Grade-II listed Clerkenwell pile now incorporates an events space and a restaurant on the fourth floor; a 60-seater with a 20-seat terrace and rooftop pool. Planned since 2019 and open from September 2021, both the lofty, distressed Victorian interior and the Med-inspired food from chef Florence Knight (ex-head chef of Polpetto, et al) have delighted early press reviewers.

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24 Clerkenwell Green, London, EC1R 0NA

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Sessions Arts Club Restaurant Diner Reviews

Reviews of Sessions Arts Club Restaurant in EC1R, London by users of Hardens.com. Also see the editors review of Sessions Arts Club restaurant.
S R
Nice room and service...
Reviewed 5 days ago

"Nice room and service"

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Ian C
A lovely venue, albeit quite noisy. I enjo...
Reviewed 2 months, 24 days ago

"A lovely venue, albeit quite noisy. I enjoyed the food - although I am still not a fan of 'shared plates'."

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Gillian B
Amazing venue! Good food. I really enjoyed ...
Reviewed 5 months, 25 days ago

"Amazing venue! Good food. I really enjoyed myself here."

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Matthew H
Breathtaking surroundings - really looks fa...
Reviewed 6 months, 19 days ago

"Breathtaking surroundings - really looks faultless with galleried candlelit dining. If only the food or service came remotely close. In an attempt to be creative the menu choices were largely odd, bland and poorly prepared. Dandelion pasta was overly firm and and bitter, peppers were bizarre looking but almost without taste and the sirlion could inexplicably only be prepared rare or well done (I don't like steak too rare so as a consequence it was tough and tasteless). Left the place feeling hungry and disappointed."

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Prices

Traditional European menu

Starter Main Veggies Pudding
£7.00 £17.00 £0.00 £9.00
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £30.00
Filter Coffee £3.00
Extras  
Bread £5.00
Service 15.00%
24 Clerkenwell Green, London, EC1R 0NA
Opening hours
MondayCLOSED
Tuesday12 pm‑2:30 pm, 5:30 pm‑10 pm
Wednesday12 pm‑2:30 pm, 5:30 pm‑10 pm
Thursday12 pm‑2:30 pm, 5:30 pm‑10 pm
Friday12 pm‑2:30 pm, 5:30 pm‑10 pm
Saturday12 pm‑2:30 pm, 5:30 pm‑10 pm
SundayCLOSED

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