British, Vegan, Vegetarian·

SquareMeal Review of Indigo

At first glance, One Aldwych is an unassuming building tucked away between theatres in Covent Garden. But hidden beneath the grey exterior is a five star hotel boasting one of the few dairy- and gluten-free restaurants the capital has to offer. Indigo sits on the first floor mezzanine level, lending itself to both a business lunch spot as well as a date night dinner, with large windows that flood the room with natural light by day, and dim lighting to switch up the ambience at night. 

Upon arriving, we’re swiftly escorted to our table at the edge of the mezzanine level with a prime spot overlooking the lobby - a people watchers' paradise. Whilst nothing groundbreaking, Indigo brings contemporary British food that gives a nod to the country’s favourites, like a seasonal soup or fish and chips, via an a la carte or a six course tasting menu.

Opting for an a la carte, the evening starts with warm bread rolls presented at the table alongside some bacon butter that was wonderfully soft - a small detail that never goes unnoticed or underappreciated.

Scallops with pressed chicken leg, parsnip and truffle make it as the standout dish. Delicate, yet ever so slightly sweet scallops are cut through without a single ounce of excess force, the chicken is intensely flavoursome from generous seasoning, and the sauce is rich and velvety, perfectly coating the other elements. The truffle however gave nothing more than a hint of flavour, but was appreciated nevertheless.

The mains remained consistent with the rest of the meal as they came beautifully presented, along with plenty of flavour in a respectable portion size. Our favourite dessert was the spheroid of chocolate mousse, encased in a chocolate glaze so shiny we could see the excitement on our face as we dug the spoon in.

By and large, Indigo comes at a cost, but is redeemed through its immaculate service and attention to detail on plating.

Good to know

Average Price
££££ - £50 - £79
British, Vegan, Vegetarian
Cosy, Fine dining, Lively, Luxury, Romantic
Food Occasions
Breakfast, Dinner
Special Features
Gluten-free options, Vegan options, Vegetarian options
Perfect for
Birthdays, Celebrations, Dates, Group dining [8+], Romantic, Special occasions


Housed inside luxury hotel One Aldwych, Indigo is an all-day neighbourhood restaurant headed up by Dominic Teague who brings his love of British cuisine to its menus. Teague’s respect for the seasons and sustainable sourcing means that all its produce is supplied by independent producers across the British Isles, while ensuring that each ingredient is handled with care in the kitchen to ensure the best possible flavour. Indigo restaurant overlooks the hotel’s Lobby Bar and offers a buzzy and informal dining experience.  

Both a la carte and tasting menus are available, with dishes changing regularly with the seasons. For those who can’t decide what to order, the tasting menu is comprised of a carefully-selected range of dishes on the main menu, including the likes of Dorset crab with compressed watermelon, lemon and coriander, charred Irish pave of beef with braised shin, watercress, girolles and red wine jus, and Valrhona chocolate mousse with mango, lime and passion fruit. A vegan tasting menu is also available for plant-based eaters. 

Indigo is open all day and also serves breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and a pre-theatre menu. For those stopping by in the morning, guests are able to indulge in an array of cooked, gluten-free, healthy and egg-based options. From porridge with agave, berry compote and cacao nibs to a Lincolnshire potato rosti with vine tomato relish and fried eggs.  

Dominic Teague has earned his stripes in some of the world’s top kitchens, travelling across the globe from London to Bali, Sydney and Barbados. His experience spans The Lanesborough Hotel, Marco Pierre White’s The Oak Room and L’Escargot, as well as the Aurora restaurant at Andaz Hotel. Dominic Teague joined One Aldwych as Executive Chef in June 2012. 


Are there gluten-free options on the menu?

Yes there are gluten-free options on the menu.

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Does it serve afternoon tea?

Yes, afternoon tea is served Saturday and Sunday, 12.30 – 3pm.

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1 Aldwych, Covent Garden, London, WC2B 4BZ

020 7300 0400 020 7300 0400


Opening Times

Mon 07:00-10:30
Tue 07:00-10:30
Wed 07:00-10:30
Thu 07:00-10:30
Fri 07:00-10:30
Sat 07:00-11:00
Sun 07:00-11:00
Mon 17:00-21:30
Tue 17:00-21:30
Wed 17:00-21:30
Thu 17:00-21:30
Fri 17:00-21:30
Sat 17:00-21:30
Sun Closed


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12 Reviews 

Eric D

26 July 2019  
Consistent good food and brilliant service. Great for those who want a totally gluten free meal.


27 June 2018  
Lovely ambience, and gluten free food that is a joy to eat.


10 May 2017  
Creative and great tasting free-from food which doesn't hurt my tummy! The venue itself it lovely and relaxed and again I don't have to worry about what is going in my mouth!

Louise R

09 May 2017  
Every time I have frequented Indigo at One Aldwych, has always been an absolute pleasure. The food and service is faultless. I would even go as far to say that this is probably my favourite London Restaurant. I have been for dinners, lunches and afternoon tea and even used the cinema room. On each occasion we were looked after extremely well.

Timothy P

20 May 2016  
Food & Drink 4
Service 4
Atmosphere 4
Value 3.5
Very suitable for pre-theatre meal
We had dinner for 2 at 6pm on a Friday evening. On the balcony area it was modestly noisy, arising from the bar below, but never enough to preclude conversation. 2 2-course meals from a fair selection, plus 2 carafes of Merlot and then a Chenin Blanc came to £89 before service charge. Service was attentive and efficient, and we weren't rushed off our feet to make the theatre. All in all, beautiful ( a bit like the musical!).


06 May 2016  
Food & Drink 4.5
Service 4.5
Atmosphere 4.5
Value 4.5
Excellent breakfast
I was fortunate to be treated to breakfast here this morning. The restaurant overlooks the lobby/bar area and is very light and airy, with comfy armchairs to relax in. The service was impeccable, with emphasis on explaining their gluten and dairy free options (which I didn't have, but was told by my companion that they are amazing, particularly the muffins and chocolate mousse). I had a perfectly cooked cheese omelette with a side of excellent streaky bacon and a cappuccino, which has certainly set me up for the day. A very nice calm oasis in the middle of bustling Covent Garden/Aldwych.

Rebecca L

06 January 2016  
Food & Drink 4
Service 1.5
Atmosphere 3
Value 3
Lovely afternoon tea let down by poor service
We visited Indigo to sample the much hyped Charlie and the Chocolate Factory afternoon tea. Things started well. We were greeted and shown to our table by a friendly waiter and offered drinks. All the places are set out beautifully, each with it's own sort of cartoon place mat of different Charlie and the Chocolate Factory characters. The food itself was very nice but the experience was let down by the service. There seemed to be plenty of staff but never anyone free or visible when you needed anything. Drinks were slow in arriving and we waited a long time for our bill, in the end having to go up to the greeter and request it for a third time. Furthermore, there seemed to be very rigid timings. The savouries were brought straight away when we arrived but then all the sweet courses for each table arrived at once and we had to wait over half an hour in between the savouries and sweets. You just can't operate like that, not every table will want the second course at the same time. That said, the savouries were excellent and the sweets and scones perfect for anyone with a serious sweet tooth.

Nicola R

10 December 2014  
Food & Drink 5
Service 5
Atmosphere 5
Value 5
Scrummy food
We booked this for our pre-theatre lunch and were very impressed with the food. We were well looked after by the stafff.

Kathy M

17 June 2014  
Food & Drink 5
Service 4
Atmosphere 5
Value 3.5
We have now eaten here twice in the last month, both times as a pre-theatre venue. On both occasions we have had an very good meal choosing from both the set price menu and the a la carte. Fish has been particularly good. Service is efficient but unobtrusive tho' sometimes a little slow to ‘get going’. However my requests at booking to be finished by a certain time have obviously been noted and are acted on without further reminders on arrival. We have also sampled the cocktail bar which is certainly not cheap but fun and again staffed by friendly and efficient people. For a central London venue with (presumably) a lot of passing trade this could be an off hand and overpriced joint. The former is certainly not true and the apart from the wine nor is the latter. I paid more last week for a meal in Norwich!

Sally B

24 November 2013  
Food & Drink 5
Service 5
Atmosphere 5
Value 4
Saturday post theatre treat
Very good meet and greet, made us feel welcome. Good quality food, lovely setting and excellent service. Very happy!
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