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The IvyThe Ivy emerged from an extensive refurbishment in 2015 with more natural day light, a dining bar for twenty, and the features that made it famous - the wood panelling, the harlequin stained glass windows and works by British artists - added to with striking new pieces by Maggi Hambling, Damien Hirst and Ian Davenport. Where the bar once stood, the restaurant now opens up, and there are curved banquettes, four-seat booths and more corner tables than before. Executive chef Gary Lee has come up with a menu that incorporates many of The Ivy's classic dishes - the legendary Shepherd's pie and The Ivy hamburger remain - but there are lighter dishes and a section dedicated entirely to potatoes. There's raw and pickled vegetable salad with chia and citrus vinaigrette, corn-fed chicken breast with pumkin pistou and mojo verde, and tossed salad of barbecued squid with chorizo and toasted quinoa. Asian influences come in the form of Yellowtail tuna sashimi, pickled ginger, wasabi cucumber pearls, and Togarashi popcorn rock shrimp with kewpie mayonnaise. For desserts, an old-school Knickerbocker Glory reveals a fun side, whilst more serious desserts like Amalfi lemon panna cotta with raspberry granita or Gooseberry and elderflower pie adapt with the seasons. With this refurb the legendary restaurant - one of the most famous in the world - a stalwart of the London scene since 1917 looks set to stay in fashion for another 100 years.

Dress code: Ties are not required. Gentlemen are requested not to wear shorts. Best to put your best frock on - the paparazzi regularly camp outside to get a snapshot of the A-listers who dine here.

 

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Radisson Blu Edwardian Mercer Street
London > Hotels > Luxury Chain Hotel   from £131  28% off
Seven Dials, WC2H | 2 minutes from The Ivy
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
 
 
 
Radisson Blu Edwardian Hampshire Hotel
London > Hotels > Luxury Chain Hotel   from £137  24% off
Leicester Square, WC2H | 4 minutes from The Ivy
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
 
 
 
The Nadler Soho Hotel
London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel   from £128  39% off
10 Carlisle Street, W1D | 5 minutes from The Ivy
Promising 'the bill you pay at check-out is what you thought you'd pay when you checked in', the Nadler Hotels specialise in stylish, affordable accommodation. The ... More
 
 
 
 
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Belgo Centraal
London > Restaurants > Modern European restaurants
50 Earlham Street, Covent Garden, London WC2H | 2 minutes from The Ivy
Set in a former warehouse in Covent Garden, Belgo Centraal is a cavernous 420-seat, 12,000 square foot restaurant in Covent Garden, famous for its mussels and ... More
 
 
 
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BB Bakery - Covent Garden
London > Restaurants > Modern European restaurants
6-7 Chandos Place, Covent Garden, Soho, London WC2H | 2 minutes from The Ivy
Just a minute's walk from Trafalgar Square, the BB Bakery is a sweet tooth's heaven with a seemingly endless cake counter and the sweet smell of ... More
 
 
 
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Ducksoup
London > Restaurants > Modern European restaurants
41 Dean Street, Soho, London W1D | 3 minutes from The Ivy
Yes, they really do served duck soup at Ducksoup, a modern European restaurant set up by ex-Hix Lyme Regis executive chef Julian Biggs who teamed up ... More
 
 
 
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Souk Bazaar
London > Restaurants > African restaurants
27 Litchfield Street, Leicester Square, Covent Garden, London WC2H | 1 minute from The Ivy
North African cuisine. Booking essential. Separate room for parties. Occasional live entertainment. ... More
 
 
 
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Shake Shack Cambridge Circus
London > Restaurants >
1 Cambridge Circus, WC2H | 1 minute from The Ivy
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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Caffe Vergnano
London > Restaurants > Cafes and Delis
62 Charing Cross Road, Covent Garden, London WC2H | 1 minute from The Ivy
Purveyors of the best espressos in London. Credited with serving the best espresso in London, if coffee is your thing you really can’t walk past Caffe ... More
 
 
 
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The Doctor
London > Events > Theatre  Dates: 20th April to 18th July 2020
The Ivy, St Martins Lane, WC2N | 4 minutes from The Ivy
Described by the Guardian as 'one of the peak theatrical performances of the year', Juliet Stevenson reprises her role in Robert Icke's The Doctor when it ...More
 
 
 
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The Watsons
London > Events > Theatre  Dates: 8th May to 26th September 2020
The Ivy, 6 Panton Street, SW1Y | 6 minutes from The Ivy
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 Prince of Egypt
London > Events > Theatre  Dates: 5th February to 31st October 2020
The Ivy, 268-269 Tottenham Court Road, W1T | 6 minutes from The Ivy
With new musical numbers and lavish sets, The Prince of Egypt brings a glittering production based on the Dreamworks film to the Dominion stage. Journey through ...More
 
 
 
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St. Martin's Theatre
London > Entertainment > Theatres
West Street, Covent Garden, London WC2H | 1 minute from The Ivy
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 The Ivy
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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Arts Theatre
London > Entertainment > Theatres
6-7 Great Newport Street, Covent Garden, London WC2H | 1 minute from The Ivy
The Arts Theatre was built in 1927 as a members club, which allowed it to circumvent the censorship laws and perform unusual and avant garde fare. ... More
 
 
 
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19 Greek Street
London > Attractions > Art Galleries
19 Greek Street, Soho, London W1D | 2 minutes from The Ivy
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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Horse and Dolphin Yard
London > Attractions >
Soho, London W1D | 3 minutes from The Ivy
Walking from Gerrard Street to Shaftesbury Avenue in the Chinatown area of Soho you'll come across the pedestrianised Horse & Dolphin Yard which gets its name ... More
 
 
 
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Soho
London > Attractions > Other Attractions
Soho, London W1D | 3 minutes from The Ivy
Soho, the set of streets and alleyways between Oxford Street, Shaftesbury Avenue, Charing Cross Road and Regent Street is one of the most cosmopolitan parts of ... More
 
 
 
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Pierre Hermé Paris
London > Shopping > Food and Drink Shops
38 Monmouth Street, Covent Garden, London WC2H | 1 minute from The Ivy
Celebrated chef patissier Pierre Hermé, known as the 'Picasso of Pastry', opened his third London boutique in late 2014, located on Monmouth Street in Covent Garden. ... More
 
 
 
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Poste Mistress
London > Shopping > Ladies Fashion
61-63 Monmouth Street, Covent Garden, London WC2H | 1 minute from The Ivy
Poste Mistress is the designer off-shoot of high street shoe shop Office. Its unique collection, only available here and at Harvey Nichols, features designers such as ... More
 
 
 
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Any Amount of Books
London > Shopping > Books
62 Charing Cross Road, Soho, London WC2H | 1 minute from The Ivy
A delightful second-hand bookshop with a wide choice that ranges from antiquarian first editions to the bargain basement. Rare books, first editions, modern literature, art and ... More
 
 
 
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The London Film School
London > Education > Universities and Colleges
24 Shelton Street, Covent Garden, WC2H | 3 minutes from The Ivy
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 The Ivy
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 | 9 minutes from The Ivy
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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Thai Square Spa
London > Leisure > Health and Beauty
25 Shelton Street, 40 Earlham Street, Covent Garden, London WC2H | 2 minutes from The Ivy
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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Phoenix Garden
London > Leisure > Parks and Gardens
21 Stacey Street, Covent Garden, London WC2H | 2 minutes from The Ivy
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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The Sanctuary
London > Leisure > Fitness
12 Floral Street, Covent Garden, London WC2E | 3 minutes from The Ivy
This day spa exclusively for women is a total pampering experience from the minute you step through the door. Located in bustling Covent Garden you'll soon ... More
 
 
 
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Norman's Coach & Horses
London > Nightlife > Pubs
29 Greek Street, Soho, London W1D | 2 minutes from The Ivy
Claiming to be 'the West End's Best Known Pub', Norman's Coach & Horses certainly has more than its fair share of unique features. Firstly there's the ... More
 
 
 
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Lamb & Flag
London > Nightlife > Pubs
33 Rose Street, Covent Garden, London WC2E | 3 minutes from The Ivy
One of the oldest pubs in London, the Lamb & Flag was once known as the Bucket of Blood, thanks to the bare-knuckle fights held here. ... More
 
 
 
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The Salisbury
London > Restaurants > Gastropub
90 St Martins Lane, Covent Garden, London WC2N | 3 minutes from The Ivy
Gastropub ... More
 
 
 
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The London Cocktail Club
London > Nightlife > Bars
6-7 Great Newport Street, Covent Garden, London WC2H | 1 minute from The Ivy
The London Cocktail Club is a members bar but - luckily for us - it's not a very exclusive one; it's free ... More
 
 
 
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The Phoenix Artist Club
London > Nightlife > Bars
1 Phoenix Street, Charing Cross Road, Soho, London WC2H | 2 minutes from The Ivy
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 | 2 minutes from The Ivy
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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Odeon, Leicester Square
London > Business > Venue Hire
24-26 Leicester Square, Soho, London WC2H | 3 minutes from The Ivy
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 The Ivy
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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68 Dean Street
London > Business > Venue Hire
68 Dean Street, Soho, London W1D | 4 minutes from The Ivy
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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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Theatre | Until 24th January 2021 

Palace Theatre 1 minute walk from The Ivy

From the 36,000 retweets Harry Potter creator J.K. Rowling got when she announced the ...More

 
Magic Mike Live
Magic Mike Live
Dance | Until 13th September 2020 

The Hippodrome 2 minutes walk from The Ivy

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

 
Come From Away
Come From Away
Theatre | Until 17th October 2020 

Phoenix Theatre 2 minutes walk from The Ivy

Christopher Ashley directs the UK premiere staging of the Tony Award-winning musical about the residents of a small Newfoundland community, ...More

 
Mary Poppins
Theatre | Until 20th September 2020 

Prince Edward Theatre 3 minutes walk from The Ivy

Step in time with Zizi Strallen as Mary Poppins and Charlie Stemp as chimney sweep Bert in Richard Eyre's revival ...More

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

Wyndham's Theatre 3 minutes walk from The Ivy

Based on one of the best-loved works of fiction, Yann Martel's Man Booker Prize winning novel, Life of Pi is ...More

 
The Doctor
The Doctor
Theatre | Until 18th July 2020 

Duke of York's Theatre 4 minutes walk from The Ivy

Described by the Guardian as 'one of the peak theatrical performances of the year', Juliet Stevenson reprises her role in ...More

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

Garrick Theatre 4 minutes walk from The Ivy

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

 
Les Miserables
Les Miserables
Theatre | Until 17th October 2020 

Sondheim Theatre 4 minutes walk from The Ivy

Jean Valjean, released on parole after 19 years on the chain gang, finds that the yellow ticket-of-leave he must, by ...More

 
The Shark Is Broken
Theatre | Until 18th July 2020 

Soho Theatre 4 minutes walk from The Ivy

Sonia Friedman Productions presents Joseph Nixon and Ian Shaw's comedy-drama inspired by the filming of Jaws, and the period of ...More

To Kill A Mockingbird
To Kill A Mockingbird
Theatre | Until 31st July 2020 

Gielgud Theatre 4 minutes walk from The Ivy

Rhys Ifans, recently seen in On Bear Ridge at the Royal Court Theatre, takes on the lead role of small-town ...More

 
 
 
 
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