The Ivy ★★☆
A classy, theater-crowd scene restaurant in Covent Garden
If you want to dine on well-prepared international and French dishes while hobnobbing with the stars of the London theatre scene, head to the restaurant where the top players themselves tend to head after (or before) the show to rub elbows with business moguls, London movers and shakers, and any mere mortal lucky enough to get a reservations.
The food—anything from shepherd's pie to steak tartare, dover sole to seabass ceviche, hamburgers to caviar—is pricey, but excellent.
They also offer—though not on busy Friday and Satruday—quasi pre– and post-theatre set-price menus (Mon–Thurs 2:30–6pm and after 10pm, all day Sun) for £22.50 for two £27.50 for three courses.
There is a dress code: No shorts, and gentlemen must wear a jacket if they have on a short-sleeved shirt.
West End stars who shun the Ivy, joined by the supporting casts, are more likely to end up at Joe Allens.The Ivy Tours
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