Aim for one of the half-moon booths; you’ll both get to sit on the supple banquette and have views across the room.
Like an artist who can now command a fair price for his paintings, but still loves his Doc Martens all the same.
The Dining Room is a real treat for the eye, sporting an ornate arched ceiling with a glass roof, a spiral chandelier, blue leather banquettes and a polished parquet floor. It also feels roomy thanks to its unusual layout – the majority of tables hug the walls, leaving the middle of the room free bar an S-shaped booth that snakes through it. The menu mingles the best of British cuisine with a little continental panache: start with the Bloody Mary-cured salmon or English pea and girolle mushroom risotto, follow with the grilled Dover sole or dry-aged Hereford steak frites. The Backroom is more casual, designed to feel like an extension of the main bar. Dine deli-style at the marble counter or order a sharing dish fresh from the wood-fired oven. You’ll be dining in good company no matter who’s at the next table, as the walls are decked with works by some of Britain’s biggest contemporary artists. Naturally in such an exclusive enclave, you must have a booking to enter the restaurants, even if you're staying, so secure a seat to avoid disappointment. Covid-19 precautions include strict social-distancing measures and hand-sanitising stations, card payments only and the maximum number of diners at a table will be four people from two households.
Most bar managers would sell their soul for the sort of atmosphere that pervades Groucho’s bar after dark. It’s the kind of place where things might start innocently, but end with you wrapped around the piano, singing along to Bowie in the company of rock royalty. These things happen here. The drinks themselves are worth singing about, too: each of the signature cocktails reflects the club’s maverick spirit, drawing inspiration from the art on the walls and the characters that frequent the club. Kickstart your evening with Knickers in a Twist, a vodka sour made with bay leaf-infused Black Cow vodka, Cherry Heering liqueur, lime juice, fig syrup, chocolate bitters and egg white. If you’d prefer something classic, just ask. They’re not on the menu because, well, they’re classics. As with the restaurants, the bar is strictly booking only, so bag a bar stool in advance.
Breakfast is served from 7.30am to 10.30am (8.30am to 11.30am on weekends). Lunch is from noon to 3pm; dinner from 6pm to 11pm. Sunday brunch runs from 11am to 5pm. The bar stays open (and often busy) 'til 2am (5am on Thursday and Friday).
You can order anything from any menu while the restaurants and bar are open.