The Delaunay


| Soho, Fitzrovia, Covent Garden

Chris Corbin and Jeremy King (The Wolseley, Zedel) are behind this huge restaurant, designed by the late David Collins. It's in a super position for pre and post theatre and the cafe at the front is handy as well.

Restaurant details

55 Aldwych, London WC2B 4BB
Nearest tube: 
  • Covent Garden
  • Temple
Telephone number: 020 7499 8558
More info: 
  • Private Hire available
  • Shop onsite

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Critic reviews - total score 8 out of 10

Critics' score: 8
Gary Barlow Sunday Times
Reviewed on June 17, 2012
"The Delaunay is set right in the heart of theatreland, an area I wouldn’t usually go anywhere near unless I was going to a show. Pre- or post-show, it’s spot-on: fast, well cooked and elegantly served. Overall, this is an incredibly easy restaurant to eat at." READ REVIEW

Critics' score: 6
Zoe Williams Telegraph Estimated score
Reviewed on April 07, 2012
"It's food for people who favour carbohydrate above all things, indeed see other food groups as its garnish, and food for people with an affiliation to simple, nursery cooking. It's men's food!" READ REVIEW

Critics' score: 10
Richard Vines Bloomberg
Reviewed on January 30, 2012
"...the Delaunay is a grown-up restaurant. It’s hushed, and the soft lighting fills in the lines on your face as smoothly as Botox. The old can feel younger and the young can feel mature so both sides meet in that comfortable no man’s land of middle age." READ REVIEW

Critics' score: 7.5
Giles Coren Times
Reviewed on January 21, 2012
"I would hate to send you here, to this, I think, paragon of a restaurant, only for you to feel ignored when you arrive, or treated less well than the table next to you. But that’s what life is like." READ REVIEW

Critics' score: 8.5
John Walsh Independent
Reviewed on January 14, 2012
"The Delaunay instantly zooms to the top of my list of Restaurants to Take Special Friends For a Big Treat. It's lovely just to hang out there. The waiting staff are friendly and attentive. The prices aren't astronomical. You can't help feel it's your kinda place." READ REVIEW

Critics' score: 7
John Lanchester Guardian Estimated score
Reviewed on January 14, 2012
"...I do have to say that, at the moment, if someone were offering me a treat here or at the Wolseley, I'd go for the one that has been open for longer." READ REVIEW

Critics' score: 4
Marina O'Loughlin Metro
Reviewed by January 04, 2012
"...I’m fed-up of being made to feel like a second-class citizen in the establishments of these superlative social engineers. No amount of flawless patisserie, silver coffee pots and expensive design can compensate." READ REVIEW

Critics' score: 10
Guy Dimond Time Out
Reviewed on December 21, 2011
"Part of the joy of The Delaunay is that you're treated with equal decorum if you're a big spender, a celeb, or just popping in for Welsh rarebit or hot chocolate." READ REVIEW

Critics' score: 10
Fay Maschler Evening Standard
Reviewed on December 08, 2011
"It is the consummate style, attention to detail, patience, comprehension of what people want and how they want it built up by Chris Corbin and Jeremy King over the 30 years since they bought Le Caprice in 1981 that has crystallised in this terrific new restaurant..." READ REVIEW

Critics' score: 8
Kelly Hussey View London
Reviewed on December 05, 2011
"Delaunay gets the balance right. Sophisticated without being pompous, it’s the ‘affordable’ option for doing quality in the capital." READ REVIEW