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ADDRESS
152 - 156 Shaftesbury Avenue, Covent Garden, Soho, London WC2H 8HL
 
 
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OPENING TIMES
Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Sunday: 12:00-23:30. Saturday: 13:30-23:30
 
PRICES
Under £35
 

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MelaMela is an innovative, stylish restaurant with a wonderful kitchen, good prices and a reputation for poor service. On our visits the staff were friendly and efficient, but there have been reports of rude and poor service from many visitors. Everyone however agrees that the food is wonderful; ‘rustic’ dishes cooked in a traditional method but with some subtle innovations by owner and chef Kuldip Singh. This is a far cry from the kind of curries you normally expect at these prices; delicious and delicate fare, especially the marinades and sauces which are recognisably fresh and taste beautiful. This understated but extraordinary cooking is available at surprising prices. The lunchtime special for £2 is causing a stir with local workers. This place is a really good bet if you are in town for the theatre, offering excellent food in a refined setting for a good price.

 

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Leicester Square Tube Station
 
3 minutes walk
 
Covent Garden Tube Station
 
3 minutes walk
 
Railway Stations

Railway Stations

 
Charing Cross Railway Station
 
9 minutes walk
 
Euston Railway Station
 
20 minutes walk
 
 
Car Parks

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Upper St Martins Lane NCP
 
2 minutes walk
 
China Town Masterpark
 
2 minutes walk
 
 
 
 

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Radisson Blu Edwardian Mercer Street
London > Hotels > Luxury Chain Hotel   from £118  35% off
Seven Dials, WC2H | 1 minute from Mela
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
 
 
 
St Martins Lane, A Morgans Original
London > Hotels > Luxury Chain Hotel
45 St Martin's Lane, WC2N | 5 minutes from Mela
One of the first design hotels, it certainly hasn't lost any of its cool appeal and continues to impress with great service and high standards. The ... More
 
 
 
Radisson Blu Edwardian Bloomsbury Street Hotel
London > Hotels > Luxury Chain Hotel   from £116  35% off
9-13 Bloomsbury Street, WC1B | 5 minutes from Mela
Elegant hotel in historic Bloomsbury offering comfortable, stylish rooms with cityscape views, and free high- speed W-iFi on unlimited devices. The exclusive 7th Floor gives extra ... More
 
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
Talli Joe
London > Restaurants > Indian/South Asian restaurants
152-156 Shaftesbury Avenue, WC2H | Same location as Mela
With Sameer Taneja, formerly of the Michelin-starred Benares, as executive chef heading up the kitchen, Talli Joe, a casual, ... More
 
 
 
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Dishoom Covent Garden
London > Restaurants > Indian/South Asian restaurants
12 Upper St. Martin's Lane, Covent Garden, London WC2H | 2 minutes from Mela
Indian cuisine in London can be something of a mixed bag at times but when it comes to Dishoom , there's very little ... More
 
 
 
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The Punjab Restaurant
London > Restaurants > Indian/South Asian restaurants
80 Neal Street, Covent Garden, London WC2H | 2 minutes from Mela
Indian cuisine ... More
 
 
 
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Bali Bali
London > Restaurants > Pan-Asian restaurants
150 Shaftesbury Avenue, Soho, Covent Garden, London WC2H | Same location as Mela
Pan-Asian Cuisine... More
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
Chick n Sours Seven Dials
London > Restaurants > American restaurants
1 Earlham Street, WC2H | 1 minute from Mela
Fans of Chick 'n' Sours who, like us, don't live in Dalston will be thrilled to hear the chicken and sour cocktail specialists are coming to ... More
 
 
 
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Cabana
London > Restaurants >
7 Central St Giles Piazza, Covent Garden, London WC2H | 1 minute from Mela
Founded by British restaurateurs Jamie Barber and David Ponte, Cabana in Convent Garden presents the best in tasty Brazilian barbeque and street foods. Inspired by the ... More
 
 
 
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Touching The Void
London > Events > Theatre  Dates: 9th November 2019 to 29th February 2020
Mela, St Martins Lane, WC2N | 5 minutes from Mela
The true story of two young climbers who get into trouble has already been told in a BAFTA-winning film and now it comes to the stage ...More
 
 
 
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Waitress
London > Events > Theatre  Dates: 8th February 2019 to 28th March 2020
Mela, 18-20 Maiden Lane, The Strand, WC2R | 6 minutes from Mela
Transferring from Broadway, the Waitress musical comes to the Adelphi Theatre for its UK premiere in February. The first musical to have an all-female creative team, ...More
 
 
 
Thriller Live
London > Events > Theatre  Dates: 1st January 2015 to 5th April 2020
Mela, Shaftesbury Avenue, W1D | 6 minutes from Mela
Michael Jackson's untimely death may have propelled this musical into orbit; Thriller - Live became a tribute show overnight with the obvious decision that the show ...More
 
 
 
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St. Martin's Theatre
London > Entertainment > Theatres
West Street, Covent Garden, London WC2H | 1 minute from Mela
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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Phoenix Theatre
London > Entertainment > Theatres
Charing Cross Road, Soho, London WC2H | 1 minute from Mela
Built in 1930, the Phoenix Theatre is a curious mix of classical theatre architecture and the Art Deco style. The columns and arches of the Phoenix ... More
 
 
 
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Palace Theatre
London > Entertainment > Theatres
Shaftesbury Avenue, Soho, London W1A | 1 minute from Mela
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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The best museums, galleries, attractions near Mela
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Elms Lesters Painting Rooms
London > Attractions > Art Galleries
135 Flitcroft Street, Covent Garden, London WC2H | 2 minutes from Mela
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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19 Greek Street
London > Attractions > Art Galleries
19 Greek Street, Soho, London W1D | 2 minutes from Mela
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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The House Of St Barnabas
London > Attractions > Historic Buildings
1 Greek Street, Soho, London W1D | 3 minutes from Mela
Grand Georgian house built in 1746 and used as 'House of Charity' since 1846. The House of St Barnabas at No 1 Greek Street, available for ... More
 
 
 
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The Wild Bunch
London > Shopping > Florists
17 Earlham Street, Covent Garden, London WC2H | 1 minute from Mela
Shrouded deep within the meandering warren of streets that criss-cross Covent Garden, Wild Bunch adds a welcome burst of colour to London's grey urban terrain. With ... More
 
 
 
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Adidas Originals Store
London > Shopping > Shoes
9 Earlham Street, Covent Garden, London WC2H | 1 minute from Mela
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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Pierre Hermé Paris
London > Shopping > Food and Drink Shops
38 Monmouth Street, Covent Garden, London WC2H | 1 minute from Mela
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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The London Film School
London > Education > Universities and Colleges
24 Shelton Street, Covent Garden, WC2H | 2 minutes from Mela
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 | 5 minutes from Mela
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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Saw Swee Hock Student Centre
London > Education > Universities and Colleges
1 Sheffield Street, Holborn, London WC2A | 9 minutes from Mela
The award-winning Saw Swee Hock Student Centre, designed by Irish architects O'Donnell + Tuomey and awarded the RIBA London Building of the Year Award in 2014, ... More
 
 
 
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Phoenix Garden
London > Leisure > Parks and Gardens
21 Stacey Street, Covent Garden, London WC2H | 1 minute from Mela
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 Mela
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 | 3 minutes from Mela
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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Norman's Coach & Horses
London > Nightlife > Pubs
29 Greek Street, Soho, London W1D | 2 minutes from Mela
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 Mela
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 | 4 minutes from Mela
Gastropub ... More
 
 
 
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The Phoenix Artist Club
London > Nightlife > Bars
1 Phoenix Street, Charing Cross Road, Soho, London WC2H | 1 minute from Mela
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 Mela
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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Tea Room
London > Nightlife > Bars
23-24 Greek Street, W1D | 2 minutes from Mela
Nestled below Bun House - a steamed bun cafe on the corner of Greek Street and Old Compton Street - Tea Room ... More
 
 
 
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68 Dean Street
London > Business > Venue Hire
68 Dean Street, Soho, London W1D | 4 minutes from Mela
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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St Martins Lane Hotel
London > Business > Venue Hire
45 St. Martin's Lane, Covent Garden, London WC2N | 5 minutes from Mela
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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Odeon, Leicester Square
London > Business > Venue Hire
24-26 Leicester Square, Soho, London WC2H | 5 minutes from Mela
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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Come From Away
Come From Away
Theatre | Until 23rd May 2020 

Phoenix Theatre 1 minute walk from Mela

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

 
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Theatre | Until 19th January 2020 

Palace Theatre 1 minute walk from Mela

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

 
Blank
Theatre | Until 30th November 2019 

The Donmar Warehouse 2 minutes walk from Mela

Staged in celebration of the 40th anniversary of Clean Break theatre company, which works with women affected by the criminal ...More

Matilda The Musical
Matilda The Musical
Theatre | Until 24th May 2020 

Cambridge Theatre 2 minutes walk from Mela

The Royal Shakespeare Company's multiple award-winning musical adaptation of Roald Dahl's celebrated children's book Matilda is a big hit at ...More

 
Mary Poppins
Mary Poppins
Theatre | Until 29th March 2020 

Prince Edward Theatre 2 minutes walk from Mela

Zizi Strallen stars as the practically perfect Mary Poppins in Cameron Mackintosh's musical production which returns to its original West ...More

 
The W3 Sessions
Concerts | On 24th October 2019 

Ronnie Scott's 3 minutes walk from Mela

Bassist Phil Simmonds presents the jazz, funk and soul night with invited guests....More

Magic Mike Live
Magic Mike Live
Dance | Until 26th April 2020 

The Hippodrome 3 minutes walk from Mela

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

 
The Man in the White Suit
The Man in the White Suit
Theatre | Until 11th January 2020 

Wyndham's Theatre 4 minutes walk from Mela

Stephen Mangan, Kara Tointon and Sue Johnston star in Sean Foley's hotly anticipated stage adaptation of the "highly sophisticated farce" ...More

 
God's Dice
Theatre | Until 30th November 2019 

Soho Theatre 4 minutes walk from Mela

David Baddiel's debut play stars Alan Davies as Henry, a physics lecturer whose world fractures after one of his students ...More

Siblings: The Siblinginging
Comedy | Until 26th October 2019 

Soho Theatre 4 minutes walk from Mela

Character comedy and Gaulier-trained clowning from sisters Maddy and Marine Bye, who unearth a treasure trove of family secrets....More

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