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Monday-Friday 11.30am-11.30pm, Saturday 10am-10.30pm, Sunday & Bank Holidays 10am-10.30pm
 

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Polpo at Ape and Bird When Russell Norman, famed for Polpo and as The Restaurant Man on BBC2, opened his first pub in November 2013 it seemed a change in direction. But in August 2014 the connection with his hugely successful Venetian restaurants in London became more apparent when Ape and Bird became Polpo at Ape and Bird . The three-floor pub is a restaurant, spritz bar and dive bar housed in an old Victorian pub on Shaftesbury Avenue. As well as a minor revamp, the name change brought in a new menu with a pizza section which makes good use of the on-site pizza oven.

 

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London > Hotels > Luxury Chain Hotel   from £131  22% off
Seven Dials, WC2H | 2 minutes from Polpo at Ape and Bird
Boutique haven in Covent Garden's vibrant Seven Dials village. Guests can enjoy stylish, comfortable rooms, smart TV and free high-speed Wi-Fi on unlimited devices. Monmouth Kitchen ... More
 
 
 
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London > Hotels > Luxury Chain Hotel   from £137  25% off
Leicester Square, WC2H | 5 minutes from Polpo at Ape and Bird
The Hampshire Hotel is located in the heart of film and Theatreland. Guests can enjoy superb Mexican- Peruvian sharing plates at Leicester Square Kitchen with drinks ... More
 
 
 
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London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel   from £128  23% off
10 Carlisle Street, W1D | 5 minutes from Polpo at Ape and Bird
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London > Nightlife > Pubs
29 Greek Street, Soho, London W1D | 1 minute from Polpo at Ape and Bird
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Lamb & Flag
London > Nightlife > Pubs
33 Rose Street, Covent Garden, London WC2E | 3 minutes from Polpo at Ape and Bird
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The Phoenix Artist Club
London > Nightlife > Bars
1 Phoenix Street, Charing Cross Road, Soho, London WC2H | 1 minute from Polpo at Ape and Bird
Beneath the Phoenix Theatre lies this charming escape from the norm. Something of a 'hidden gem' the Phoenix Artist Club is secreted away down a little ... More
 
 
 
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Swift
London > Nightlife > Bars
12 Old Compton Street, W1D | 1 minute from Polpo at Ape and Bird
This little gem in the middle of Soho serves first class cocktails on two beautifully decorated floors. Book in for the dark and ... More
 
 
 
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Kettner's Champagne Bar
London > Nightlife > Bars
29 Romilly Street, Soho, London W1D | 2 minutes from Polpo at Ape and Bird
Celebrate in style at this elegant yet wholly unpretentious Baroque champagne bar in the heart of Soho. Dimly-lit, effortlessly elegant and with gleaming Mahogany surfaces, Kettner's ... More
 
 
 
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London > Events > Theatre  Dates: 5th February to 31st October 2020
Polpo at Ape and Bird, 268-269 Tottenham Court Road, W1T | 5 minutes from Polpo at Ape and Bird
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The Watsons
London > Events > Theatre  Dates: 8th May to 26th September 2020
Polpo at Ape and Bird, 6 Panton Street, SW1Y | 6 minutes from Polpo at Ape and Bird
Adapted from Jane Austen's unfinished novel and "joyously directed" (Evening Standard) by Samuel West, The Watsons comes to the West End's Harold Pinter Theatre from Chichester ...More
 
 
 
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The Comedy About A Bank Robbery
London > Events > Theatre  Dates: 31st March 2016 to 1st November 2020
Polpo at Ape and Bird, 218-223 Piccadilly, Piccadilly Circus, W1V | 6 minutes from Polpo at Ape and Bird
Mischief Theatre, creators of The Play That Goes Wrong - winner of the Olivier Award for Best New Comedy - and Peter Pan Goes Wrong, have ...More
 
 
 
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St. Martin's Theatre
London > Entertainment > Theatres
West Street, Covent Garden, London WC2H | 1 minute from Polpo at Ape and Bird
Designed as a companion theatre to the New Ambassador’s, which stands next to it, separated only by the narrow Tower Court, St Martin’s was completed in ... More
 
 
 
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Palace Theatre
London > Entertainment > Theatres
Shaftesbury Avenue, Soho, London W1A | 1 minute from Polpo at Ape and Bird
The towering Palace Theatre dominates Cambridge Circus. Five storeys of dark-red brick with octagonal towers on the top give it a looming aspect better suited to ... More
 
 
 
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Found111
London > Entertainment > Theatres
111 Charing Cross Road, WC2H | 1 minute from Polpo at Ape and Bird
Found111 is a temporary theatre space housed at 111 Charing Cross Road, the original site of the Central St Martins School of Art. Having been ... More
 
 
 
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London > Attractions > Art Galleries
19 Greek Street, Soho, London W1D | 2 minutes from Polpo at Ape and Bird
19 Greek Street is a gallery and interior design practice promoting sustainable and socially responsible design. "Eloquently demonstrating that eclectic design and functionality can indeed go ... More
 
 
 
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Elms Lesters Painting Rooms
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135 Flitcroft Street, Covent Garden, London WC2H | 2 minutes from Polpo at Ape and Bird
Elms Lesters Painting Rooms are housed in an extraordinary space, purpose built as a painting studio in 1904. Since 1984 the gallery has been specialising in ... More
 
 
 
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Soho
London > Attractions > Other Attractions
Soho, London W1D | 3 minutes from Polpo at Ape and Bird
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The Wild Bunch
London > Shopping > Florists
17 Earlham Street, Covent Garden, London WC2H | 1 minute from Polpo at Ape and Bird
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Adidas Originals Store
London > Shopping > Shoes
9 Earlham Street, Covent Garden, London WC2H | 1 minute from Polpo at Ape and Bird
Adidas's flagship Originals store is just a few seconds stroll from the Seven Dials in Covent Garden(and just around the corner from LondonTown.com towers!) Gleaming and ... More
 
 
 
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Maison Bertaux Gallery
London > Shopping > Food and Drink Shops
28 Greek Street, Soho, London W1D | 1 minute from Polpo at Ape and Bird
A Soho landmark since 1871 - when Soho really was the only place in Britain where you could eat decent continental food - Maison Bertaux is ... More
 
 
 
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London > Restaurants > Scandinavian restaurants
24 Cambridge Circus, Soho, London WC2H | 1 minute from Polpo at Ape and Bird
Scandinavian Cuisine... More
 
 
 
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Shake Shack Cambridge Circus
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1 Cambridge Circus, WC2H | 1 minute from Polpo at Ape and Bird
Shake Shack , the modern day 'roadside' burger stand which started out in 2004 in NYC's Madison Square Park, continues its expansion in London with ... More
 
 
 
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Souk Bazaar
London > Restaurants > African restaurants
27 Litchfield Street, Leicester Square, Covent Garden, London WC2H | 1 minute from Polpo at Ape and Bird
North African cuisine. Booking essential. Separate room for parties. Occasional live entertainment. ... More
 
 
 
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The London Film School
London > Education > Universities and Colleges
24 Shelton Street, Covent Garden, WC2H | 3 minutes from Polpo at Ape and Bird
The London Film School is the oldest-established international school of film technique in the world. The school has contributed significantly to ... More
 
 
 
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English [Out There!]
London > Education > English Language Courses
10 Coptic Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1A | 6 minutes from Polpo at Ape and Bird
English [Out There!] takes a very hands-on approach to learning English. The course places an emphasis on using what you have learned. Students are taken out ... More
 
 
 
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Le Cordon Bleu
London > Education > Adult Education
15 Bloomsbury Square, Marylebone, London WC1A | 8 minutes from Polpo at Ape and Bird
The London HQ of famed culinary institution Le Cordon Bleu , the cookery school widely considered as the guardian of French culinary techniques, trains ... More
 
 
 
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Phoenix Garden
London > Leisure > Parks and Gardens
21 Stacey Street, Covent Garden, London WC2H | 2 minutes from Polpo at Ape and Bird
In the shadow of both Centrepoint and St Giles-in-the-Fields Church, hidden from most tourists and residents alike, lies this beautiful West End garden. Originally a car ... More
 
 
 
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Thai Square Spa
London > Leisure > Health and Beauty
25 Shelton Street, 40 Earlham Street, Covent Garden, London WC2H | 2 minutes from Polpo at Ape and Bird
Let the Thai Square Spa transport you to the shores of Asia with their traditional Thai spa treatment rooms, smack bang in the centre of Covent ... More
 
 
 
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h Club London
London > Leisure > Arts Centres
24 Endell Street, Covent Garden, London WC2H | 4 minutes from Polpo at Ape and Bird
On the site of the old St Paul's Hospital in Covent Garden, hip private members' club h Club London has been designed specifically for the creative ... More
 
 
 
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68 Dean Street
London > Business > Venue Hire
68 Dean Street, Soho, London W1D | 3 minutes from Polpo at Ape and Bird
This stylish private house in Soho is suitable for photo shoots, meetings, press events, filming and for a limited range of social events such as dinners ... More
 
 
 
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Odeon, Leicester Square
London > Business > Venue Hire
24-26 Leicester Square, Soho, London WC2H | 4 minutes from Polpo at Ape and Bird
One of London's biggest cinemas, the Odeon Leicester Square regularly plays host to premieres and awards ceremonies as well as screening the week's big releases. Aside ... More
 
 
 
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St Martins Lane Hotel
London > Business > Venue Hire
45 St. Martin's Lane, Covent Garden, London WC2N | 4 minutes from Polpo at Ape and Bird
To enter the stunning St Martins Lane Hotel in the heart of London's Theatreland you pass through the tallest revolving door in London, a luminescent yellow-glass ... More
 
 
 
 

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Magic Mike Live
Dance | Until 13th September 2020 

The Hippodrome 3 minutes walk from Polpo At Ape And Bird

Picking up from where Dirty Dancing left off, Channing Tatum presents an adults-only dance and acrobatic spectacular based on the ...More

 
Life of Pi
Life of Pi
Theatre | Until 4th October 2020 

Wyndham's Theatre 3 minutes walk from Polpo At Ape And Bird

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Les Miserables
Les Miserables
Theatre | Until 17th October 2020 

Sondheim Theatre 4 minutes walk from Polpo At Ape And Bird

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City Of Angels
City Of Angels
Theatre | Until 5th September 2020 

Garrick Theatre 5 minutes walk from Polpo At Ape And Bird

A hit for the Donmar in 2014 when it ran as the theatre's Christmas production, Cy Coleman and David Zippel's ...More

 
The Prince of Egypt
The Prince of Egypt
Theatre | Until 31st October 2020 

Dominion Theatre 5 minutes walk from Polpo At Ape And Bird

With new musical numbers and lavish sets, The Prince of Egypt brings a glittering production based on the Dreamworks film ...More

 
Hairspray the Musical
Hairspray the Musical
Theatre | Until 29th August 2020 

London Coliseum - English National Opera (ENO) 5 minutes walk from Polpo At Ape And Bird

The London Coliseum is transformed into 1962 Baltimore this spring when the Tony Award-winning production of Hairspray the Musical returns ...More

 
Titian: Love, Desire, Death
Exhibitions | Until 17th January 2021 

National Gallery 6 minutes walk from Polpo At Ape And Bird

All six works in the series of paintings showing Classical myths primarily taken from the Roman poet Ovid's 'Metamorphoses', commissioned ...More

Nicolaes Maes: Dutch Master Of The Golden Age
Exhibitions | Until 20th September 2020 

National Gallery 6 minutes walk from Polpo At Ape And Bird

Nearly 50 paintings and drawings show how the artist moved away from historical and biblical paintings, to portraits and scenes ...More

The Watsons
The Watsons
Theatre | Until 26th September 2020 

Harold Pinter Theatre 6 minutes walk from Polpo At Ape And Bird

Adapted from Jane Austen's unfinished novel and "joyously directed" (Evening Standard) by Samuel West, The Watsons comes to the West ...More

 
 
 
 
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