Food and drink
A typical modern European style with something for everybody: rib-eye steak with goose fat chips and béarnaise stand alongside the likes of sea bass with gnocchi, fennel, samphire and caviar cream. I liked the light Thai spicing on a dish of perfectly cooked monkfish with saffron risotto and crab spring rolls, and the sticky mushroom gravy that accompanied a top-notch steak and ale pie. Espresso crème brûlée was well-judged too. At brunch, the terrific bloody marys served in chilli-salt-rusted glasses outclassed the blueberry pancakes.
Tom Dixon designed it – as you might guess from the prolific use of copper – and the result is stylishly cosy, all the better to help you relax and enjoy the view. Upstairs the champagne bar is in something of a square corridor but nicely intimate as a consequence.
The waiters are chatty, and knowledgeable about their wines.
A 1960s office block on a major traffic intersection, but it’s worth persevering through the higgledy-piggledy pedestrian crossings and office foyer. More positively, it’s where Soho and Fitrovia meet Bloomsbury and Covent Garden.
Come just for breakfast if you want to enjoy the view on a budget: boiled egg and soldiers is £3.50, haggis with fried duck egg £9, full English £12. Otherwise expect to pay £8.50-£13.50 for starters and £14.50-£25 for mains. Wines start at £21 a bottle and cocktails are £6-£11.
- Business travellers
- Families with teenagers
- Stag / hen parties
- Great views / scenery
- Special occasions
- Design and architecture