The Shell French Seafood Restaurant


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Average Price
££££ - £30 - £49
Cool, Cosy, Fun, Lively
Food Occasions
Dinner, Lunch
Special Features
Gluten-free options
Birthdays, Celebrations, Child friendly, Dates, Group dining [8+]
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About The Shell French Seafood Restaurant

Much has been said about British cuisine over the centuries, but if there's one thing this island nation knows, it's good seafood. There are more than a handful of great seafood restaurants in the capital, but many of them require you to dig into your savings in order to pay for a meal. The Shell was a restaurant born out of passion for good seafood, by two founders who wanted to create somewhere you could feast on a shellfish platter without having to inflict pain on your wallet.

Just a few minutes walk from Russell Square and the British Museum, The Shell has a prime location on Southampton Row that makes it easily accessible for anyone in central London. The restaurant interior is minimal but a little playful - the floor is a mixture of tile and wood, and mirrors on the walls give the restaurant a spacious feeling. The eye is drawn to a large model of a crustacean, which hangs from the ceiling. 

It's clear that the focus at The Shell is on delivering quality shellfish. The menu is straight-forward - aside from a smattering of other options (a steak, a burger, a vegetable soup) this is all about seafood. There are oysters by the half dozen, available au gratin or with red wine and shallot vinaigrette. Then, a huge variety of mixed shellfish platters that include crab, lobster, prawn, arctic shrimp, grey shrimp, whelks, winkles, langoustines, scallops and more. Platters are available cold or hot, and there are a few items available from the charcoal grill too, including sea bass, salmon, octopus and squid. 

Desserts are simple but effective - a chocolate brownie, a creme brulee and a scoop of ice cream. The wine list is compact but reasonably priced, and The Shell does a solid line in cocktails too.


124 Southampton Row, Holborn, London, WC1B 5AA

020 8075 7500


Opening Times

All day
Mon 12:00-23:00
Tue 12:00-23:00
Wed 12:00-23:00
Thu 12:00-23:00
Fri 12:00-23:00
Sat 12:00-23:00
Sun 12:00-22:00


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