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IsisYou can’t help but be impressed as you descend the stairs of this basement bar/restaurant - solid stone steps lined with ostentatious polished brass candlesticks lead you between intricately carved wooden screens; giant clay urns cast atmospheric shadows, and coloured-glass lampshades emanate a hushed kaleidoscopic glow. We sunk comfortably into our booth, strewn with plump patterned cushions. Had we inadvertently stumbled into a sultan’s palace?

The scene having been set so spectacularly, we were naturally expectant. We opted to for a selection of mezze to start. The falafels coated in sesame seeds were tasty, and the hummus had just the right consistency and flavour, but nothing really jumped off the table. After a pleasant pause our mains arrived - my companion’s grilled sea-bass was very fresh but showed little sign of the herbs and garlic promised on the menu. I plumped for the mixed grill which fittingly, if rather disappointingly, lived up to its title; lacklustre lamb seemed incongruous on the same plate as such exceptional chicken. The spicy Arabic salad offered a clever counterpoint to our mains, but the mixed vegetables were disappointing in the extreme. - a dish of peas and carrots, quite clearly cooked from frozen. No thank you. A platter of fresh fruit and a selection of nutty miniature pastries was a pleasing, refreshing way to finish the meal.

From a broad wine list we ended up drinking a delectable Rioja. Their cocktails deserve a recommendation too – my mango, vanilla and rum combo was a spectacular explosion of flavour which had you hanging around for the gratifying aftertaste.

You can tell that this former club hasn’t broken from its past completely; the relaxed music gets livelier as the evening progresses (the belly dancing show was an entertaining distraction), but this is where the problem lies. We loved the atmosphere, but this is a classic tale of style over substance. When visiting a restaurant you expect to be struck by the quality of the food, to say to your companion ‘you’ve got to try this’. With more attention in the kitchen, they could be on to something.


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Green Park Tube Station
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Piccadilly Circus Tube Station
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Charing Cross Railway Station
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Victoria Railway Station
17 minutes walk
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Arlington House Pure Parking
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The May Fair Hotel London
London > Hotels > Luxury Chain Hotel † from £170† 25% off
Stratton Street, W1J | 1 minute from Isis
The luxurious May Fair Hotel is located in sophisticated Mayfair, resurgent again as London's true luxury quarter. The May Fair puts you in a peaceful spot ... More
St. James's Hotel & Club London
London > Hotels > Luxury Chain Hotel † from £189† 40% off
7-8 Park Place, SW1A | 2 minutes from Isis
Naming the St James's Hotel 'and Club' is a clever way of letting you know exactly what to expect from this establishment. Tucked away down a ... More
The Stafford London Hotel
London > Hotels > Luxury Chain Hotel † from £218† 40% off
St James's Place, SW1A | 3 minutes from Isis
This Mayfair institution is in a 17th-century building hidden down a quiet side street behind The Ritz. Decorated in a smart, traditional style, the mews rooms ... More
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Al Hamra
London > Restaurants > Middle Eastern restaurants
31 Shepherd Market, Mayfair, London W1J | 5 minutes from Isis
This long-standing favourite in a prime position on the charming Mayfair enclave that is Shepherd’s Market, is a first class place that offers a truly memorable ... More
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Al Sultan
London > Restaurants > Middle Eastern restaurants
51 - 52 Hertford Street, Mayfair, Mayfair, London W1J | 5 minutes from Isis
Another excellent restaurant in the Shepherd’s Market area, Al Sultan is nearly as good as local rival Al Hamra, but not quite. The menu is extensive ... More
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Noura Mayfair
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16 Curzon Street, Mayfair, Mayfair, London W1J | 6 minutes from Isis
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Caffe Nero
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70 Piccadilly, Mayfair, London W1J | 1 minute from Isis
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The Ritz Afternoon Tea
London > Restaurants > Afternoon Tea
150 Piccadilly, St James's, London W1J | 1 minute from Isis
Tea at The Ritz has to be the London equivalent of Breakfast at Tiffany's - a world-famous brand that captures the essence of each city's history ... More
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The Ritz Restaurant
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150 Piccadilly, Mayfair, , St James's, London W1J | 1 minute from Isis
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Naming Rights
London > Events > Exhibitions †Dates: Tuesday 19th and Wednesday 20th September 2017 - 10am-6pm
Isis, 11 Duke Street, St James's, SW1Y | 4 minutes from Isis
A series of one-day shows featuring works in a range of media exploring the methods by which material deemed not-art can become part of the artwork, ...More
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Philip Pullman Book Groups
London > Events > Exhibitions †Dates: Tuesday 19th and Wednesday 20th September 2017 - 9am
Isis, 203-206 Piccadilly, W1J | 5 minutes from Isis
Gearing up for the release of the brand new book by Philip Pullman, La Belle Sauvage: The Book of Dust Volume One, rediscover the joys of ...More
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Annie
London > Events > Theatre †Dates: 23rd May 2017 to 18th February 2018
Isis, 16 Denman Street, W1D | 7 minutes from Isis
It's a hard-knock life in 1930s New York during the Great Depression in the feel good, Tony Award-winning musical. Based on a book by Thomas Meehan, ...More
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Criterion Theatre
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218-223 Piccadilly, Piccadilly Circus, Soho, London W1V | 7 minutes from Isis
The tiny entrance of the Criterion Theatre is almost invisible among the massive advertisements, traffic and crowds of Piccadilly Circus. To ignore it, however, is to ... More
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Comedy Store
London > Entertainment > Comedy Clubs
1a Oxendon Street, Soho, London SW1Y | 9 minutes from Isis
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Picturehouse Central
London > Entertainment > Cinemas
7-14 Coventry Street, Soho, London W1D | 9 minutes from Isis
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Mallett Ely House
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37 Dover Street, Mayfair, London W1S | 1 minute from Isis
Mallett is one of the oldest established antiques dealers in the world, founded in 1865 in Bath by jeweller and silversmith John Mallett. The company specialises ... More
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Halcyon Gallery
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29 New Bond Street, Mayfair, London W1S | 2 minutes from Isis
Situated in the heart of Mayfair, Halcyon Gallery is one of Europe's leading art galleries, representing some of the finest contemporary painters and sculptors working today. ... More
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Colnaghi Gallery
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15 Old Bond Street, Mayfair, London W1S | 2 minutes from Isis
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Wright and Teague
London > Shopping > Jewellery
27 Burlington Arcade, Mayfair, London W1J | 2 minutes from Isis
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Christian Louboutin Dover Street
London > Shopping > Shoes
35 Dover Street, Mayfair, London W1S | 2 minutes from Isis
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Daks Simpsons
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10 Old Bond Street, Mayfair, London W1S | 2 minutes from Isis
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Cookery School
London > Education > Cookery Courses
15B Little Portland Street, Fitzrovia, London W1W | 12 minutes from Isis
Awarded The Best City Cookery School 2013, the Cookery School at Little Portland Street has been teaching people to make simple, honest food for more than ... More
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L'Atelier des Chefs
London > Education > Adult Education
19 Wigmore Street, Marylebone, London W1U | 13 minutes from Isis
Whether you're a Nigella or not in the kitchen, the L'atelier des Chefs cookery school can teach you something. Classes are given in the basement kitchens ... More
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The London Film School
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24 Shelton Street, Covent Garden, WC2H | 16 minutes from Isis
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May Fair Spa
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May Fair Hotel, Stratton Street, Mayfair, London W1J | 2 minutes from Isis
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Catalyst Health and Fitness Ltd
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30 Bury Street, St James's, London SW1Y | 3 minutes from Isis
Catalyst personal trainers are among the best in London. Get fit without doing yourself an injury, lose weight with a specially devised programme or build your ... More
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Green Park
London > Leisure > Parks and Gardens
Piccadilly, St James's, London W1J | 5 minutes from Isis
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The Only Running Footman
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5 Charles Street, Mayfair, London W1J | 4 minutes from Isis
One of two venues belonging to The Meredith Group who also run The Portman in Portman Village, The Only Running Footman is a popular pub, restaurant ... More
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Ye Grapes
London > Nightlife > Pubs
16 Shepherd Market, Mayfair, London W1J | 4 minutes from Isis
Built in 1882 this gorgeous Victorian pub could be the perfect spot for a night out, if you can find it, that is. Very close to ... More
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Punch Bowl
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41 Farm Street, Mayfair, London W1J | 7 minutes from Isis
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The Rivoli Bar
London > Nightlife > Bars
The Ritz Hotel, St James's, London W1J | 1 minute from Isis
The Rivoli Bar, an intimate cocktail lounge within the famous Ritz Hotel, re-opened in 2001 after a closure of some twenty years with interiors stylishly updated ... More
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Mahiki
London > Nightlife > Nightclubs
1 Dover Street, Mayfair, Mayfair, London W1S | 1 minute from Isis
A favourite with young royals - Princes Harry and William, Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie have been spotted here... all at the same time. And ... More
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Funky Buddha
London > Nightlife > Nightclubs
15 Berkeley Street, Mayfair, London W1J | 1 minute from Isis
Between the Victorian elegance of Berkley Square and the Imperial magnificence of Piccadilly, you might be surprised to find a club that oozes with Eastern decadence, ... More
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The Ritz Hotel
London > Business > Venue Hire
150 Piccadilly, St James's, London W1J | 1 minute from Isis
World famous luxury hotel, right on Piccadilly, with a roof terrace looking across Green Park. The fine food (particularly the Afternoon Tea) at the Ritz attract ... More
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Dover Street Restaurant and Bar
London > Business > Venue Hire
8-10 Dover Street, Mayfair, Mayfair, London W1S | 1 minute from Isis
This long established night spot in Mayfair's Dover Street has been providing Londoners with a sophisticated setting to enjoy food, drink and live entertainment for 30 ... More
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The May Fair
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Stratton Street, Mayfair, London W1J | 1 minute from Isis
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