Brasserie of Light

Brasserie, International·
Silver Award

SquareMeal Review of Brasserie of Light

Silver Award

Department store dining is often a no-go for discerning Londoners, but then again, most department stores aren’t as legendary as Selfridges. Richard Caring’s Caprice Holdings, (responsible for The Ivy Collection, Sexy Fish and several other restaurant behemoths) is the group behind Brasserie of Light and it’s managed to create a pulsing, rip-roaringly electric atmosphere that feels every bit as glamorous as the luxury goods on display next door. 

From the moment you’re greeted by a doorman gussied up in top hat and coat tails (with diamanté detailing), you know that Brasserie of Light is going to be a little bit ridiculous, but bags of fun. The jaw-droppingly gorgeous dining room has as its centrepiece a wall-mounted Damien Hirst sculpture of Pegasus, which looms over diners with its 30-foot wing span.

If at any point you forget you’re dining beneath a crystal-encrusted mythical creature, there’s still plenty of eye candy to drool over – banquettes and bar stools are upholstered in shades of mustard yellow and azure blue, and practically every surface is mirrored, from the table tops to the walls. Even the loos have been designed as a selfie haven, a seductive mash-up of marble and mirrors: black for the gents and dusty pink for the ladies, natch.

Compared to so much visual stimulation, the menu of Ivy-esque brasserie classics initially looks pedestrian. And while no one is ever going to come here for the cooking, the food at Brasserie of Light is better than it needs to be. Take a starter of popcorn shrimp, which sees plump and smoky prawns smothered in a tongue-tingling chilli sauce, or a main of lobster spaghettini, replete with generous chunks of fresh-tasting lobster, thick spaghetti and a welcome kick of chilli.

Desserts are made for Instagram: pick from a galactic-themed take on The Ivy’s signature melting chocolate bombe, or a Pegasus pie with a yuzu coconut filling and sesame biscuit ‘wings’.  The wine list is also surprisingly accessible, although there are still plenty of options to bulk up your bill.

With breakfast, brunch and afternoon tea all taken care of, Brasserie of Light caters to every indulgent whim. Embrace its silliness and extravagance and there’s a lot of fun to be had here.

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Average Price
££££ - £50 - £79
Brasserie, International
Cool, Fine dining, Fun, Glamorous, Lively, Unique


Selfridges, 400 Oxford Street, London, London, W1A 1AB

0203 940 9600



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6 Reviews 


07 March 2022  
Food & Drink 1.5
Service 0.5
Atmosphere 1
Value 0.5
didn't reply to my serious complaint

as above. they couldn't reply to my serious email complaint of how i was treated with discrimination

Samantha A

20 February 2022   - Verified Diner
Food & Drink 5
Service 5
Atmosphere 4
Value 4
Weekend Breakfast before a day in london

Fabulous place and the food and drink we had a breakfast was delicious. The service was great as always with the Ivy collection chain of restaurants. The only one slightly downfall was we were all packaged in very close. There was limited room to walk between tables to get into the back bench seating and therefore there was no real intimate feeling. Will definitely be back, but hope for a better table next time.


17 February 2022  
Food & Drink 0.5
Service 1
Atmosphere 2.5
Value 1

Beautiful decor and impressive interior. Terrible food, missing products (10 minutes after opening) miserable staff. Poor service and a general lack of care and attention. Food wasn't cooked correctly so was sent back to the kitchen. Second attempt was marginally better. This is part of Caprice Holdings so you would expect better. Sadly the focus seems to be on the decor not the food and service. Wouldn't return and a huge let down. Poorly managed restaurant 


03 October 2021   - Verified Diner
Food & Drink 5
Service 5
Atmosphere 5
Value 5
Amazing Restaurant

Amazing Food and atmosphere for my girlfriends Birthday meal! Can't remember the name of the women that served us, but she was so kind and great at her job. A place I would like to come back to again in the daytime.

Would 100% recommend!

Izzi B

11 May 2019   - Verified Diner
Food & Drink 4
Service 4
Atmosphere 5
Value 4
Lovely lunch

went for Friday lunch, really enjoyed it. Would recommend the scallops and the blackened cod

Mark R

29 March 2019  
For being over the top in a Eurotrash kind of way - unique atmosphere in London, go Thursday - Saturday evening to get the DJ. Great food, reasonably priced wine list. Tuck into the cocktails as well!
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