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Where to dine in London? Covent Garden has long been a hub for eating and drinking, and one of the capital’s most energetic quarters. Not so many years ago, much of this was aimed squarely at the tourist crowd, with a quality of luxury restaurant interior design. Recent times have seen high-profile global restaurants settle in next to street-food start-ups and Michelin starred winners.
From the buzzy Cinnamon Bazaar to the enthralling Kaspar’s and timeless The Ivy, Covent Garden is now the restaurant neighborhood that has it all. Here is our pick of the 5 best restaurants in Covent Garden.
Kaspar’s – classic seafood restaurant
In 1926 The Savoy introduced a novel policy to allay the fears of superstitious guests dining in a group of 13: it would set an additional place to round the unlucky number up to 14. That place was occupied by a cat named Kaspar, three-foot-tall and made of wood.
Kaspar’s has cottoned on to London’s love affair with art deco interiors. Here it’s unmistakable. There’s the chequerboard marble floor, teal leather banquettes and burnished metal fittings throughout. The central, circular bar is framed by a dramatic chandelier – made up of individual glass shards – which looks more like an art installation than lighting.
The Ivy – the stylish London restaurant
Nowhere does old-school class quite like The Ivy, and you’ll need to dress for the occasion. The restaurant reopened last year after a ridiculously expensive refurb by the Martin Brudnizki Design Studio for its 100th anniversary. Executive Chef Gary Lee’s new menu celebrates its most loved dishes with some Asian-inspired additions such as popcorn shrimp and scallops with sticky pork and shiso leaves.
Traditionalists should order the cream-laden shepherd’s pie – it’s been on the menu pretty much since the start and is as rich (and delicious) as the restaurant’s history.
Christopher’s – modern American dining in Covent Garden
Christopher’s is where well-heeled Americans go when they have a touch of homesickness and a hankering for surf’n’turf. It’s a grand old place in an imposing Georgian building – once London’s first legal casino – with a discreet entrance that suggests a private club, and indeed the martini bar on the ground floor feels like one.
Then up the beautiful candle-lit spiral staircase, to an elegant dining room, with paneled walls painted grown-up dark grey, furniture on-trend yellow.
Cinnamon Bazaar – Arabian Nights inspirations
When Cinnamon Club opened in the grand, Grade II-listed Westminster Library in 2001, it was an instant game-changer – a stylish restaurant that championed Indian fine dining in a city still dominated by cheap takeaways and boozy Brick Lane curry houses. Now its executive chef, Vivek Singh, has created Cinnamon Bazaar, which ignores the straitlaced, gentlemen’s club ambiance of his first venture for something altogether more eclectic.
Cinnamon Bazaar is a joyous riot of colours and flavours: the menu jumps from Indian street-food classics to regional specialties and British colonial cooking; the dining room dazzles with burnished gold, twinkling lights, and acres of rosy fabric, like an ornate Bedouin tent straight out of Arabian Nights.
Spring – London landmark restaurant
Perhaps the prettiest restaurant in London is hidden in the splendor of Somerset House. Through an archway in the New Wing of the former public-record office is an atrium planted with trees in bronze pots and a bright and spacious pillared dining room with hanging clusters of giant, bubble-like lightbulbs.
Nab a seat in a bay-window banquette overlooking Waterloo Bridge and don’t skip a trip to the pink-tiled bathrooms. It’s not just Spring’s decor that’s got us drooling though.
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