The Ivy restaurant in London celebrates centenary

24 Jan 2017 by Jenny Southan
The Ivy

This year, London’s famous restaurant The Ivy celebrates its 100th anniversary, with special dishes, menus and cocktails.

The Ivy restaurant in London opened in 1917, making it 100 years old this year. To commemorate this, in January, the restaurant received a Green Plaque from Westminster City Council in recognition of its contribution to society.

As part of the celebrations, between February and April, there will be special pre- and post-theatre menus of classic dishes priced at £19.17.

In February will be the launch of a new “Scenes from the Ivy” cocktail menu complete with specially commissioned period sketches.

The Ivy

At the end of April, a bespoke gin will be unveiled by the Chase distillery for The Ivy. It will be inspired by the British countryside, with hints of pine and English ivy. The limited-edition spirit will be sold at sister venture the Mount Street Deli, as well as at other luxury retailers.

In June, Quadrille will be publishing a book called The Ivy Now, which provides a history of the restaurant along with 120 recipes.

New dishes that have been specially created will include a chocolate and cherry dessert called “A Window to The Ivy”, inspired by the restaurant’s harlequin stained-glass windows.

The Ivy

When The Ivy first opened it was an Italian café with no drinks license run by Abele Giandolini. It wasn’t until later that it became a fine-dining establishment.

In 2015, The Ivy was given a full renovation by Martin Brudnizki Design Studio. The restaurant is part of Caprice Holdings, which also has J Sheekey, 34 Mayfair and Le Caprice.

The Ivy is located at 1-5 West Street in Covent Garden. Private dining can be arranged for 60 people seated.

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