Vivi at Centre Point

Bronze Award
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Afternoon tea, British

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Bronze Award

The first thing you’ll notice about Vivi, which forms part of the sprawling Centre Point re-development (though is not in the iconic Centre Point tower itself) is its gargantuan size. Even getting to the dining room is a mission – you first have to announce yourself in the vast reception, before ascending a double staircase (the lift was broken on our visit) and then walking across a suspended walkway before checking in at a second desk and being led to your table.

Once there, you’ll find a dining room which is flooded with natural light and boasts very pretty features – think a bronze-plated bar, geometric chandeliers and bubblegum-pink chairs. The loose theme of Vivi is the swinging 60s, which is subtly alluded to via colour pop portraits of Twiggy and Joanna Lumley in their prime.

The menu is also inspired by the era, featuring the retro likes of chicken Kiev and mushroom vol au vent. However, this is the 60s reimagined for the Instagram age, so expect pretty plates of food which are presented with assembly-line precision and cocktails that arrive topped with pink candyfloss.

We kicked off our meal with a classic prawn cocktail, which was smothered with a sharp Marie-Rose sauce, and accompanied by two triangles of brown bread. From the mains, we skipped the Kiev for duck à l’orange: slices of pink breast and a confit leg which were both nicely tender, surrounded by a pool of syrupy sauce with a citrus kick.

Despite being mostly impressed by the menu, we thought that Vivi is too big for its own good – even when the restaurant was half full, it felt empty and a little cold, not unlike some of the other projects from catering company Rhubarb, which also runs the restaurants atop the Walkie Talkie.

It also isn’t cheap; several of the mains are priced north of £20, with accompanying sides all clocking in at just shy of a fiver, which we thought was pretty punchy given that our truffle and parmesan fries showed little evidence of either topping. 

Nonetheless, a gorgeous dining room and very sweet staff are the real draws for Vivi, as is its versatility – the restaurant can cater to your every whim, serving food from lunch until dinner via afternoon tea, as well as bottomless brunch at the weekend.

About Vivi at Centre Point

This best-of-British restaurant finds its home in the Centre Point development and is overseen by catering business and restaurant group Rhubarb. Vivi seats almost 300 diners and interiors include digital art and geometric patterns inspired by the 1960s.

The all-day menu is also inspired by the Swinging Sixties, with dishes including the likes of cauliflower cheese croquettes with slow-roasted tomatoes, and chicken à la king – sautéed chicken, mushrooms, cream and white wine. Meanwhile, sweet options include banana splits to share. 

Good to know about Vivi at Centre Point

Average Price
££££ - £30 - £49
Cuisines
Afternoon tea, British
Ambience
Glamorous, Unique
Food Occasions
All day dining, Bottomless brunch, Breakfast
People
Dates

Location for Vivi at Centre Point

Centre Point, 101 New Oxford Street, London, London, WC1A 1DB

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Opening Times of Vivi at Centre Point

Brunch
Mon: Closed
Tue: Closed
Wed: Closed
Thu: Closed
Fri: Closed
Sat: 11:00-16:00
Sun: 11:00-16:00
Lunch
Mon: Closed
Tue: 12:00-16:00
Wed: 12:00-16:00
Thu: 12:00-16:00
Fri: 12:00-16:00
Sat: Closed
Sun: Closed
Afternoon Tea
Mon: Closed
Tue: 12:00-18:00
Wed: 12:00-18:00
Thu: 12:00-18:00
Fri: 12:00-18:00
Sat: 12:00-18:00
Sun: 12:00-18:00
Dinner
Mon: Closed
Tue: 17:00-23:00
Wed: 17:00-23:00
Thu: 17:00-23:00
Fri: 17:00-23:00
Sat: 17:00-23:00
Sun: Closed

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