The Cinnamon Club

Gold Award

SquareMeal Review of The Cinnamon Club

Gold Award

This ground-breaking Indian restaurant finds its home in the other-worldly Victorian surrounds of the former Westminster Library, making a happy marriage out of two of the UK’s most cherished passions: its history and its adoption of curry as a national dish.

Two of the restaurant’s walls are covered in classic books – the result of a fairly recent £1million makeover – which reaches the ceiling and frames the gallery level to create a fairy-tale feel. Despite the pretty surrounds, the atmosphere can sometimes be lacking due to an absence of music and a very male-dominated clientele (which perhaps isn’t surprising given the restaurant’s position near the Houses of Parliament) that means there is one loud hum to proceedings.

Background noise aside, the food fares much better than the ambience. Head chef Vivek Singh trained classically in India and the plates carry the hallmark of someone who has spent years perfecting their craft and has then been brave enough to put their own spin on things.

Octopus to start comes soft-centred with gloriously intense crispy bits and potatoes in a bright curry sauce flavoured with sharp lemon. Indian food often lends itself to family-style dining, but communal plates have had a fine-dining makeover here. Rich butter chicken is served on a silver platter; the curry house classic is familiar and elevated at the same time and comes with a creamy black dal, pilau rice peppered with whole fragrant spices, plus a punchy garlic naan to mop up the generous quantities of sauce.

To drink, pretty cocktails promise a colourful riot of exotic flavour, though we found the in-house creations erred on the side of the saccharine; better to investigate a groundbreaking wine list that expertly matches the qualities of individual grapes to the intricacies of complex spicing.

Despite any gripes over atmosphere, Singh’s careful balance of flavours offers an exemplary Indian dining experience and with a permanently packed dining room, we’re not the only ones with an appetite for his clever cooking.

Good to know

Average Price
££££ - £50 - £79
Eat at Home
Takeaway service
Fun, Glamorous, Lively, Quiet conversation, Traditional, Unique
Other Awards
SquareMeal London Top 100
Food Occasions
Breakfast, Brunch, Dinner, Lunch, Sunday roast
Special Features
Gluten-free options, Vegan options, Vegetarian options
Birthdays, Celebrations, Group dining [8+], Romantic, Special occasions
Food Hygiene Rating

About The Cinnamon Club

When The Cinnamon Club opened in 2001 it offered up a fine-dining experience when the majority of Indian restaurants in the capital were still subscribing to the curry-house format that had propelled the popularity of the cuisine in the UK.

Classically trained in India, chef Vivek Singh understands the building blocks of age-old cooking techniques and couples them with contemporary twists on classics for unusual and surprising creations that have helped to push his restaurant into the premier league of London eateries. Additional accolades include Singh having authored five bestselling cookbooks and appearing regularly on cooking programmes such as Saturday Kitchen and Celebrity MasterChef.

The Cinnamon Club has recently undergone a £1million refurbishment to transform its home in the old Westminster Library into a bright and modern space that still retains much of its original character. Old books line two sides of the dining room while walls are painted bright white and a mezzanine level adds additional seating without detracting from the double-height space.

Priding itself in catering for every eventuality The Cinnamon Club offers all sorts of special menus, including a vegan one which offers a wonderful selection of plant-based Indian dishes. An early/late menu sees guests offered three courses for £38, including a pre-starter and a seasonal cocktail.

From the main menu you can expect creations like a Bengali-style lobster thermidor and a 48-hour marinated pheasant breast in pickling spices. For those who enjoy communal dining there is also a handful of signature sharing mains, like the Old Delhi-style butter chicken and a whole rack of lamb in a corn and yoghurt sauce.

The Cinnamon Club also offers private dining spaces for special occasions and serves meals from first thing to late into the evening, with a breakfast menu that includes unexpected dishes such as a full traditional cooked English breakfast.

Special offers for The Cinnamon Club

10 points for every £1 spent

For all diners to this restaurant, spending over £100

500 Points

For all diners to this restaurant, spending over £75. This offer can only be used once.

500 Points for evening diners

For all diners to this restaurant, spending over £75 on Mondays to Thursdays, for evening diners . This offer can only be used once.

400 Points for lunchtime diners

For all diners to this restaurant, spending over £60 on Mondays to Saturdays, lunchtimes only

100 Points

For all diners any day, every time

Offers cannot be combined. You will be awarded the offer that gives you the most reward points.


Are there gluten-free options on the menu at The Cinnamon Club?

Yes there are gluten-free options on the menu at The Cinnamon Club.

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Does The Cinnamon Club have a Michelin star?

No, the Cinnamon Club does not feature in the guide but its sibling site Cinnamon Bazaar does.

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What is the dress code at The Cinnamon Club?

The Cinnamon Club doesn't have an official dress code but diners typically opt for smart-casual wear.

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Location for The Cinnamon Club

The Old Westminster Library, 30-32 Great Smith Street, Westminster, London, SW1P 3BU

020 7222 2555


Opening Times

Mon 12:00-14:30
Tue 12:00-14:30
Wed 12:00-14:30
Thu 12:00-14:30
Fri 12:00-14:30
Sat 12:00-14:30
Sun Closed
Mon 17:30-21:45
Tue 17:30-21:45
Wed 17:30-21:45
Thu 17:30-21:45
Fri 17:30-21:45
Sat 17:30-21:45
Sun Closed

Reviews of The Cinnamon Club

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61 Reviews 


21 August 2021   - Verified Diner
Food & Drink 5
Service 5
Atmosphere 5
Value 5
Happy 20th Anniversary…and here is to many more

I enjoyed the 20th anniversary offer of The Cinnamon Club which was their eight course tasting menu for the price it was 20 years ago which was £45. 
The menu showcased some of the signature dishes and ingredients The Cinnamon Club had served in the restaurant over the last 20 years and it was exquisite.
The Grilled Spencer Gulf king prawns, Alleppey curry sauce dish and spiced lamb mille-feuille were my particular favourites.

Great selection of cocktail which compliments both the surroundings and the menu and great value wine 

Kyle J

27 May 2021   - Verified Diner
Food & Drink 3.5
Service 3.5
Atmosphere 4
Value 3.5
Great environment and decent food

Great venue for a business dinner in a buzzy atmosphere. The food was very tasty and something a bit different though the dishes we had were nothing spectacular. Other menu choices might have been, of course. I would go back and do recommend.

Alex R

30 August 2019   - Verified Diner
Food & Drink 5
Service 5
Atmosphere 5
Value 3.5
A special impression

if you want some where a little special look no further 


02 August 2019  
Always excellent interesting food. Whole menu exciting and difficult to decide what to choose. Good bar again with interesting cocktails. Good service and lovely venue.

Matthew G

02 August 2019  
Fantastic food and service.


26 July 2019  
Refined Indian food, great wine & beer list.

Paul A

20 May 2019  
Food & Drink 4.5
Service 5
Atmosphere 3
Value 5
We'll be back

The old library dining room is immediately striking and huge, handling the enormous number of covers claimed with ease, although the downside of this is the high level of ambient noise, despite the high ceiling, but at least there is no music. We were welcomed like regular customers, and the tasting menu offers a tempting variety of regional specialities presented in a modern way. A taster of spicy minced chicken in a ball went down very well with our glass of small-grower champagne, as did the appetisers - tender chicken chaat in a very good pastry shell, lovely crab and berry salad with an interesting lotus root crisp, and super Scottish salmon, cured in house with spicy jhal. We still tend to favour low air miles in sourcing ingredients and were on the point of commenting about this when it transpired that the first starter prawns actually came from Down Under. However, this was one of the best ever prawn dishes for us - the luxurious, fleshy prawns perfectly done in a marvellous Kerala Allepey sauce, which had been restored to the menu (to the delight of the staff who considered it to be a real trump card for the restaurant).  This dish was beautifully matched with a Ch de Retout white Haut-Medoc made from an unusual blend of grape varieties. This could have overshadowed the second starter, but the excellent minced Cumbrian lamb with its “mille feuille” kebab and its coriander notes stood up to the challenge. An unannounced palate cleanser with a pineapple flavour made a good introduction to the first main course, which pitted interestingly char-grilled monkfish against another Kerala curry sauce, its slightly vinegary nature making a very enjoyable accompaniment for the fish. After all the pleasing build-up it was disappointing to find that my second main of venison was chewy as well as difficult to cut even with a serrated knife. My troubles were spotted by the ever-attentive staff, the plate taken away and a new dish served acceptably swiftly. This time all was well and the quality of the venison and the, inevitably, Anjou pigeon with the brilliant pumpkin chutney showed what a shame it was that the first effort was not right. Our dessert was first-class, the shrikhand cardamom well-balanced against the sweetness of the black and red berries. An alluring menu put into expert practice with a multiplicity of spicy tastes which always had the palate tingling but were never overdone. Everything was properly professional, from the conception of the menu card to the description of the courses and the confident interaction of the staff with the customer, and in particular the way my troubles with the tenderness of the venison dish - there was no question of my being mistaken, it was simply customers are here to be pleased and so it is paramount for everything to be right for them. We will definitely be back.

Alasdair S

05 April 2019  
Continues to deliver exquisite Indian cuisine.


30 March 2019  
Fantastic old school building, amazing quality Indian fine dining. Great space and nice little drinking bar underneath. Always had a great night. Food and service is superb.

Stan L

27 June 2018  
Excellent food, great atmosphere.
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