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

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Very nice, hospitality & tasty. Good location.

Oleksandr 12 October 2018
from Dnipro

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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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Customer reviews for Rules

4.5 (((() (based on 415 reviews)
93% of diners recommend this restaurant
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  • dinner (322)
  • lunch (204)
  • luxury (174)
  • romantic (146)
  • business (121)
  • private dining (113)
  • value (45)
  • entertainment (30)
  • large parties (24)
  • afternoon tea (20)
  • views (17)
  • child friendly (14)
  • trendy (11)
  • breakfast (2)
  • al fresco (1)
  • ((((( 12 October 2018 by Xavier from Barcelona

    Well done

  • ((((( 12 October 2018 by Peter from Rochester

    Excellent, it was my wife’s birthday and she thoroughly enjoyed the day.

  • ((((( 12 October 2018 by Oleksandr from Dnipro

    Very nice, hospitality & tasty. Good location.

  • ((((* 6 October 2018 by Michael from London

    Walked in to restaurant and immediately loved the ambiance. My dinner was delicious and they allowed two hours for dinner so that they can accommodate other patrons. Highly recommended.

  • ((((( 4 October 2018 by Ward from Brentford

    An elegant way to spend my birthday with wife and friends.

  • ((((( 4 October 2018 by Francesca from London

    Lovely traditional English restaurant. Great venue for a special occasion.

  • ((((( 3 October 2018 by Marc from Daytona Beach

    Rules is a great classic restaurant, and the way you stay open for 220 years is great food and great service. The great decor doesn't hurt, either. If you want to taste the best of classical British cooking this is where you dine. Be prepared to shell out, however. This meal is expensive, but it is in every way worth the cost. If you want one splurge in London, I recommend this one for its historic significance as well as fabulous dining.

  • ((((( 1 October 2018 by Ricardo from Queretaro

    Every thing excelent

  • ((((( 29 September 2018 by Tony from Redbourn

    Really good
    Took friends visiting from Australia and they were very impressed

  • (((** 28 September 2018 by Paul from Burlington ontario

    Always excellent

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