Many restaurants in London offer tableside dancing, but somewhere that does it with proper style is Stringfellow's, a Gentleman’s Club in the heart of Covent Garden. Since opening over 40 years ago, it’s been seducing some of the biggest names and celebrities through its doors for nights of endless fun. Table dancing aside, you might be surprised to know that Stringfellows offers its own fine dining restaurant and bar where you can tuck into expertly crafted cocktails and beautifully-presented plates before the night begins. Let it be known that the restaurant is in the main club though – although you could argue it’s one of the best seats in the house.
The menu offers a mix of small plates, grills, fish dishes, pasta and desserts. Start as you mean to go on, extravagantly, with caviar served with crème fraiche and blinis, tuna tartare with wasabi mayonnaise or beef carpaccio with truffle oil. Main courses are just as fabulous with the likes of lobster tagliatelle, black cod with miso and a series of steaks. While desserts are modern and immaculately put-together: think chocolate and cherry fondant with pistachio ice cream, or a slice of salted caramel tart so perfectly sliced it’s as if the chef used a ruler.
The drinks are just as much of a talking point as the food. Slurp on one of their 14 signature cocktails at the bar such as The Angel (champagne, pear, chambord, vanilla, lemon), Strings Martini (Bombay Star gin, dry vermouth, cracked olive, sage, olive oil) or Sex and the City of London (black currant vodka, rose wine, lemon, gomme and blueberries).
If you're not hungry enough for a sit-down dinner, you can order from the bar food menu to accompany your tipple of choice (although plates are still pretty hefty). There’s a steak sandwich, lamb cutlets with miso sauce or sauteed king prawns with yuzu butter.