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|Address:||1-5 West Street, London WC2H 9NQ|
|Tel:||020 7836 4751|
|Price: £55.00||Wine: £25.00||Champagne: £63.00|
|Opening Hours:||Mon-Sun 12N-11.30pm (Sun -10.30pm)|
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Now the Ivy, of course is the quintessential “place to be seen” restaurant and has been for longer than most would like to admit having been around to remember. Now, few people – still today – dare say anything remotely negative about it for these reasons. I was not a great fan of the launch of the Ivy Club next door, as I felt it kind of defied the idea of the place, which I had understood to be a Club without being a Club formally. However, surely there is commercial justification in both. Both the Ivy and the Ivy Club are beautifully maintained and have a certain glow which modern fine dining places do not have and the menu is truly fun as British classics sit alongside more serious dishes. Service can be sketchy, but if you look at the length of the services there are other places in London who have less justification for this. The most important think is to go with people you like, as it may be a bit slow, a bit noisy and a bit cramped but if you are having a good time anyway, the Ivy is a very good backdrop for a good time.