Best Restaurants & Clubs

We work with a wide range of restaurants, bars and clubs and some simply stand out above others. This month we choose ....

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The best new restaurant AND club

The Wellington Club, St. James’s

Type of venue: 
RESTAURANT / BAR / CLUB

Our Verdict: 
Food – SECOND TO NONE
Drink – OUTSTANDING
Party – SUPER COOL

Who was seen there: 
Roger Taylor,
Graham Norton,
Simon and Yasmin Le Bon,
Luke Evans,
Damien Hirst,
Lord Lucan

New, different, quirky, cool, artistic – Damien Hirst graffiti, disco scull and large prints adorn the walls of the restaurant. Under the expert guidance of Brett Duarte (ex Executive Chef of The Gaucho Group), my palette was indulged in a rhapsody of finely balanced flavours from start to finish. As you would expect from an ex-Gaucho man, steaks lead the way in Duarte’s Modern European menu – sourced from select farms, prepared to perfection. Unlike in Gauchos, Wellington steaks are matched with fish and veggie entrees – one of my friends had Dover Sole. Menu items also include hand-dived Orkney scallops, Kagoshima A5 Black Wagu beef and Périgord truffles. The restaurant is coupled with a Club on the floor below. Jake, one of London’s night club legendary hosts was there, as was Seb Fontaine, the Music Director – who was on the decks when we visited. The bar was properly stacked and Head Barman Jun made me the best Old Fashioned ever. I want to live there.

The Wellington Club, St. James's

What do others say

Elle UK

The Wellington isn't about mixing business with pleasure, like some other establishments. Oh no: The Wellington is about mixing pleasure with EVEN MORE PLEASURE. Reviving the hedonistic spirit of its '00s heyday (if we tell you Kate Moss, Jude Law et al were regulars, you'll get the idea), it has reopened in a new home on Jermyn St - and, damn, it's rock'n'roll.

Tatler UK

Established in 1832, the original Wellington Club has a storied history - in 1974 Lord Lucan was last seen there, while Kate Moss, Jude Law and Bono were all frequent guests in the 2000s. As with the original, the new establishment has an impressive collection of Damien Hirst pieces.

Robb Report

Think of a traditional gentlemen’s club of the type Bertie Wooster might set off some farcical narrative with a rash bet with an old school pal, then inject a huge dose of rock ‘n roll and modern art Astoundingly, for so achingly cool a nightspot, it’s also a bona fide foodie destination, with an impressive wine list making the dining here even more of a draw.

The best entertainment

Archer Street, Soho

Type of venue: 
BAR / CLUB

Our Verdict: 
Food – IF ONE MUST
Drink – EXCELLENT
Party – QUIRKY AND GREAT FUN

Who was seen there: 
Justin Timberlake,
Jude Law,
Martina Hingis,
Usher

Classy design, oodles of charm, French windows, old school chandeliers – all just a setting for unique entertainment – waiters and bar staff occasionally break into a song – they are all singers / dancers during the day. The songs are safe classics / greatest hits. The venue even has its own Archer Street’s got talent competition. If this sounds cheesy, don’t be put off – it’s actually quite classy and good fun. Drinks are named after famous songs and expert bartenders – Gavin – mixed some mean versions of Manhattan. By midnight, everybody was out of their chairs dancing between the tables and on micro-improvised dance floor. The venue serves bar food and the platters were decent, but you would never come to Archer Street for food.

Archer Street, Soho

What do others say

Sunday Times

...it’s a haven of quirky cool complete with singing bar staff who belt out easy-listening classics at regular intervals (better than it sounds, honestly). Still relatively undiscovered, it’s at risk of becoming a celebrity haunt after a recent cameo on E4’s glossy reality snoozefest Made in Chelsea.

Guardian

The theme extends to the bar and waiting staff, who are on hand to entertain by singing a compilation of classic hits and dancing around on tables in the classiest way possible – a sophisticated version of karaoke. The atmosphere is electrifyingly positive and upbeat. You’ll have such a wonderful time at Archer Street.

DesignMyNight

Archer Street is very much a Soho bar with two personalities. This elegant West End hangout has all the hallmarks of a hotel bar, with a gentle yet sophisticated buzz upon entry. It has an exclusive, stylish feel to it, but without the members club policy. They serve deliciously well crafted cocktails, but don't be surprised if the bar staff break out into the latest chart topper while serving you a cocktail!

The best neigbourhood restaurant

Comedor Restaurant, Islington

Type of venue: 
RESTAURANT

Our Verdict: 
Food – STEAK LOVER'SPARADISE AT REASONABLE PRICES

Who was seen there: 
Tamer Hassan,
Yotam Ottolenghi,
Marin Cilic,
Gorn Ivanisevic
struggling here, but that's the idea

At the end of the night I walked into the kitchen to thank the team for a superb meal – To my surprise the banter was in South-American accented Spanish (yes, I speak some) - the chefs were all Argentinean or Colombian – there is your provenance. In any case, I felt that I knew them, as I was watching them hard at work during our meal through the glass partition. Onwards to the steaks – if you don’t know what picana is, you should find out – top of the rump, with similar 'melt in your mouth' texture of the filet, and the flavour exceeding its more expensive counterpart by some margin. My friend had Iberico pork – the animal is apparently fed exclusively with acorn. The result is flavour so unique that no blind tester would ever recognise it as pork. Delicious dulce de leche cheese cake to end the meal with … The day to visit – definitely Monday – 50% of all steaks (otherwise reasonably priced) steaks!

Comedor Restaurant, Islington

What do others say

Tripadvisor – 4.5 / 1088 reviews

4 of us came on a Sunday evening. Service was perfect and we had a well informed and knowledgeable waiter. Service was great . Food was cooked to exact specifications and was fantastic. The filet was amazing!!

A group of three of us went to have the bottomless brunch and were very impressed. It wasn't very busy but the staff were incredibly attentive and the food was delicious. Never were our glasses empty and the meals came out really quickly. At such an affordable price for unlimited drinks and three large breakfast courses we were very happy.

OpenTable – 4.3 / 494 reviews

Food was amazing, we had the chateaubriand! Service was quality, they answered all our questions and were very attentive when needed.

Ate here before going to a concert at the Garage. Lovely warm welcome, great atmosphere and excellent food. Steaks are half price on a Monday.

BookATable - 4.5 / 87 reviews

The service was great and the food was delicious. I would definitely go back. We went for the bottomless brunch and I can honestly say that my glass was being constantly topped up and was never empty. The food came quickly, was cooked well and tasted great.

The service was fantastic they were very attentive and were very helpful, I started with the goats cheese tart which was delicious, I then had the burger which was huge, I cannot fault the food or the service at the Comedor the prices were also very good, we would definitely recommend this restaurant.