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35 Maiden Lane, London, WC2E 7LB +44 2081281632

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I visited Rules over 40 years ago. It was superb then and it very much still is.

Thomas Madden 14 February 2017
from Cheltenham

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London’s oldest restaurant, Rules has provided the capital with traditional British food since 1798. Timelessly elegant, its illustrious history has seen the likes of Charles Dickens and H.G Wells sample the hearty menu.

As authentic as ever, the Rules menu is led by wild game and classic British dishes. Whole roast grouse and loin of venison highlight the rich variety of meats on offer, topped off by rabbit hotpot, and wild boar and mushroom pie. Dishes don’t come much more British than the rump of Lake District lamb with haggis bubble and squeak, or steamed steak and kidney suet pudding, whilst the likes of pheasant curry with basmati rice, and Loch Duart salmon with mussels and garam masala, add exotic touches to authentic cuisine.

Historic prints adorning the walls, the extravagance of the restaurant’s décor led poet John Betjeman to describe it as ‘unique and irreplaceable, and part of literary and theatrical London.’ Upstairs, the Rules cocktail bar with its glamorous menu and plush red seating, epitomises the old-fashioned elegance of the entire building.

In contrast to the bustle of neighbouring Covent Garden, the age-old sophistication of Rules restaurant London is a 6-minute walk from both Leicester Square and Covent Garden tube stations.


35 Maiden Lane, London, WC2E 7LB

Contact +44 2078365314
Reservations +44 2081281632

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4.4 (((() (based on 243 reviews)
91% of diners recommend this restaurant
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  • lunch (118)
  • luxury (101)
  • romantic (83)
  • business (69)
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  • al fresco (1)
  • ((((( 20 February 2017 by Graham Wilson from Johannesburg

    A true delight and privilege to dine there again. Wonderful service and succulent food.

  • ((((( 15 February 2017 by Jaime Sorin from Buenos Aires


  • ((*** 14 February 2017 by Kevin Breen from Sussex

    We (three people) were seated upstairs - this is really a cocktail bar and "over-spill" for the more impressive downstairs. It was cold and the table was not great. The service was OK, but not impressive, and 12.5% is automatically added to the bill for service. My wife had the rabbit, which comprised about two mouthfuls and was very poor value in her opinion (cost about £23). All in all, an expensive disappointment.

  • ((((( 14 February 2017 by Thomas Madden from Cheltenham

    I visited Rules over 40 years ago. It was superb then and it very much still is.

  • ((((( 13 February 2017 by Kathryn Russell-jones from London

    It was great as usual, except manager at host stand was curt totally disengaged. I've never experienced a dismissive attitude from staff at Rules, so can only presume he was having an off day. Happens to us all.
    Food and drink exceptional, as always.

  • ((((* 13 February 2017 by MB from London

    Great restaurant. Food & service were excellent.

  • ((((( 12 February 2017 by Rafael Esteva from London


  • ((((( 10 February 2017 by Alejandro Mallet from Mexico City

    Great food, amazing service

  • ((((( 10 February 2017 by Terry Archer from Chester

    Great old fashioned place to eat in the heart ofCovent Garden
    English dishes to the for in this great restaurant.

  • ((((* 4 February 2017 by Rob Fadden from London

    Lovely food, great service.

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