The Ivy City Garden

Afternoon tea, International·
Gold Award
London, EC2M 1NA ·Website ·Call020 3146 7744

SquareMeal Review of The Ivy City Garden

Gold Award

There’s something very full circle about this Ivy site, which is the second to possess the ‘Garden’ moniker after The Ivy Chelsea Garden. It was Vintage Salt under previous tenant Des McDonald, who himself used to be head chef at – you guessed it – The Ivy.

Located right by Liverpool Street station in serene Bishopsgate Gardens, the space incorporates a restaurant, bar, private dining room and the namesake garden, all decked out in the brand’s well-groomed, colourful interiors. A long, cuisine-leaping menu features everything from the famous shepherd’s pie to tuna carpaccio; ask one of the one-the-ball waiters for advice if you’re stumped what to order.

We’d recommend prawn tempura pepped up with a matcha tea sauce and sprinklings of green papaya, edamame beans and cucumber shavings, and a generously portioned main of perfectly-cooked lobster with a side of rich truffle-and-parmesan-topped thick-cut chips.

Dessert was a real showstopper, a chocolate bombe on a bed of milk foam, soft vanilla ice cream and sticky-sweet shards of honeycomb, melted at the table with a hot salted-caramel sauce. Vibrant surrounds (including a DJ) help this incarnation of The Ivy keep up with its younger City counterparts, and for big groups there’s a 32-cover private dining room upstairs which overlooks the garden.


Good to know

Average Price
££££ - £30 - £49
Afternoon tea, International
Fun, Glamorous, Lively, Traditional
Food Occasions
Breakfast, Brunch
Alfresco And Views
Outside seating
Dates, Romantic, Special occasions

About The Ivy City Garden

Serial restauranteur Richard Caring’s ever burgeoning Ivy collection now comprises 32 locations around the UK and Ireland, with each restaurant christened as either ‘Brasserie’ ‘Garden’ ‘Market Grill’ or ‘Café’. Of course, all of these off-shoots are nods to The Ivy’s iconic original site in Covent Garden.

Located in the historic Bishopsgate Gardens, an easy and pleasant walk from Liverpool Street Station, The Ivy City Garden is a charming and elegant spot for guests to enjoy breakfast, brunch, lunch, afternoon tea, dinner and cocktails. The brasserie style restaurant is a relaxed yet sophisticated setting serving a menu of modern British and international classics seven days a week in the beautiful Dashwood House. The interiors are bold and vibrant with colourful leather and velvet furnishings, a long glamorous bar and bright contemporary artwork on the walls. Perhaps the biggest draw of this location is the glass roofed garden area, complete with tables and a bar, where diners can enjoy a meal al fresco surrounded by an abundance of leafy green foliage and tropical flowers. It’s a particularly special spot in the summer but the overhead heaters make it possible to enjoy this tranquil spot all year round. A gorgeous private dining room is also a popular venue for everything from informal gatherings to corporate meetings.

The a la carte menu is full to brim with crowd pleasing choices that range from light, healthy dishes to indulgent comfort food classics. The Ivy staples include the signature shepherd’s pie with slow-braised lamb leg, Wookey Hole Cheddar potato mash and truffle sauce, and of course The Ivy hamburger – chargrilled and served in a potato bun with mayonnaise, horseradish ketchup and thick cut chips. Special starters to look out for include the yellow fin tuna carpaccio served with cucumber, baby basil and an apple, jalapeno and avocado sauce; and the duck liver parfait on toasted brioche with caramelized hazelnuts, truffle, pear and ginger compote.

A City Garden special on the drinks list comes in the form of a Kir Royale made with Plymouth sloe gin, Briottet rose liqueur and hibiscus topped with The Ivy Collection Champagne – perfect for toasting just about any occasion!


Dashwood House, 69 Old Broad Street, London, EC2M 1NA

020 3146 7744


Opening Times

Mon-Sat 7.30am-12M (Sat 11am- ) Sun 11am-6pm


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29 Reviews 

jacqueline K

01 December 2021   - Verified Diner
Food & Drink 4
Service 5
Atmosphere 4
Value 3
The Ivy City Garden always has such a vibrant atmosphere - well done to the team at this particular Ivy venue!

Service, food, atmosphere were perfect, however, we were pestered to place our order as soon as we were seated due to the time restraints on the tables, hence this was a little irritating to be honest, especially when 2-3 waiting staff kept asking us "are you ready to order now"!

Theresa A

03 September 2021   - Verified Diner
Food & Drink 4.5
Service 4.5
Atmosphere 5
Value 4.5
Definitely would go here again

This is the first time that I've been to this restaurant (having booked several lunches there for my bosses) and was impressed by the food, value for money and service.

This will not be the last time I go to this restaurant!

Harriet M

01 August 2021   - Verified Diner
Food & Drink 5
Service 5
Atmosphere 5
Value 5
Happy customer :)

The entire evening was lovely. Great waitress and lovely food 


13 January 2020   - Verified Diner
Food & Drink 5
Service 5
Atmosphere 5
Value 5
Lovely experience

we all enjoyed our meal for my sons 17th birthday.  The atmosphere and food was second to none,  highly recommend. 


23 August 2019   - Verified Diner
Food & Drink 4
Service 1
Atmosphere 4
Value 4

We had a major problem at this restaurant. We submitted our voucher at the very beginning of our meal before placing any orders, so that the waiter was fully aware of the type of booking we had made. Nothing was said and our order was taken, including drinks, we had our meal however on completion the waiter returned to inform us our voucher WAS NOT VALID.

I showed him the confirmation e mail with reference number and asked why he had taken our order without informing us the voucher was invalid. After some time a “manager” arrived at the table and told us that as a favour he would honour the transaction this time and had done so purely as a gesture of good will. Wasn’t that nice of him!

So beware, before you sit down at The Ivy Garden City Restaurant get an assurance that everything is ok and that the staff validate your voucher before ordering, otherwise you’ll have a lengthy negotiation at the end of your evening. Not a great way to end a birthday celebration. 

Sandra S

06 August 2019  
Food was delicious and the decor etc. Was amazing.


29 July 2019   - Verified Diner
Food & Drink 5
Service 0.5
Atmosphere 2.5
Value 4

I was really disappointed with this visit to the Ivy City.  I have been many times before, and go back as I think the food is great, and it the restaurant has a nice atmosphere.

This time we had a v rude waitress who had an attitude problem.  We seemed to put her out by asking for side plates (something you shouldn't have to ask for when sharing starters), and by asking for salt and pepper (our pepper was empty and salt was blocked) , she brought over another empty pepper so we asked again (politely) and you honestly would have thought that we had asked for the impossible.  She was so rude, flicking her hand when she put them down. 

Strangely with 45 mins still to go we were approached by another waiter who told us we only had the table for another 45 mins.  Luckily we had already cancelled out mains by this point, and paid up and left.  A real shame as I visit regularly and have never experienced anything like it.



26 July 2019  
Love this place, like a hidden oasis, food great, staff brilliant.

Anne W

26 July 2019  
Excellent location in the city, great service and foods.

Gariann P

26 July 2019  
Great service, love the menu and wide range of options. A friend of mine is vegan and we love that they cater for all dietary requirements. When we have received slow service, the staff have offered drinks as compensation which was a great touch.
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