The Ivy, London
|Current owner(s)||Richard Caring|
|Head chef||Gary Lee|
|Dress code||Smart casual|
|Street address||West Street|
|Reservations||(020) 7836 4751|
The Ivy is a restaurant in West Street, near Covent Garden in London. It is popular with celebrities and theatre goers. The original restaurant was opened in 1917 as a cafe in a building on the same site. The restaurant's original owner, Monsieur Abel, re-opened The Ivy in the current premises in 1929. He sold it to Bernard Walsh in 1951, and the restaurant became part of the Wheeler's group of fish restaurants. The restaurant was totally renovated in 1990 to a design by American architect M.J. Long. The Ivy houses specially-commissioned artwork by Sir Eduardo Paolozzi, Sir Peter Blake, Sir Howard Hodgkin, Bridget Riley, Allen Jones, Joe Tilson, Patrick Caulfield, Michael Craig-Martin and Tom Phillips. In 2000, the restaurant was awarded the Moët & Chandon London Restaurant Award for excellence.
There is a private dining room on the first floor of the restaurant, seating up to 60 guests.
The Ivy has a sister restaurant, Le Caprice, which is located behind the Ritz in the St James's area of London. Caprice Holdings, whose proprietor is Richard Caring, also owns and runs fish restaurant J. Sheekey, located near Leicester Square. Other restaurants in the Caprice Holdings Group include Scotts (Mount Street) and 34 (Grosvenor Square).
In September 2008 The Club at The Ivy, a private members' club, was opened on the three floors above the restaurant.