Reopened in June 2015 after a refurbishment in preparation for its 100th anniversary, this historic restaurant has been an institution among the theatre crowd since it first opened its doors back in 1917. The menu epitomises British cuisine and the dish to order is the classic Ivy shepherd’s pie. Being served this rich, meaty dish topped with heavenly golden-outside, buttery-inside mash is the type of experience that will categorically ruin all subsequent shepherd’s pies you ever taste. Still, it’s worth it. Be sure to book before your visit to avoid disappointment – at least a week in advance.
You can’t say you’ve done London without taking in a show in the West End. It’s been the home of theatre for hundreds of years and is now the largest theatre district in the world. With everything from family-friendly musicals and ballets to political comedies and Shakespeare, there are an impressive variety of performances to suit every taste (including many where big-name Hollywood actors showcase their talent). Leicester Square or Piccadilly Circus are the closest tube stations.
The Ivy | 1-5 West Street | +44 20 7836 4751