Aqua Nueva

Aqua Nueva

Spanish | Soho, Fitzrovia, Covent Garden

The spanish restaurant at London's high-profile Aqua restaurant offers both a tapas and a-la-carte menus. Head chef here is Salamancan Alberto Hernandez trained at El Bulli. The selling point here though is the restaurant's two terraces offering fantastic views over central London.

Restaurant details

Fifth floor, 240 Regent Street, London W1B 3BR
Nearest tube: 
Oxford CircusNearest station: Oxford Circus
Telephone number: +44 (0) 207 478 0540

Opening times: Monday - Saturday Lunch 12 - 2.30pm, Dinner 6.30 - 11.00pm

More info: 
  • Bar area
  • Outside seating (weather permitting)
• Entrance for Aqua London is at 30 Argyll Street (opposite The Palladium)
Best for: 
High rise dining


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Fifth floor, 240 Regent Street, London W1B 3BR


Critic reviews - total score 5 out of 10

Critics' score: 6
Carolyn Hart Telegraph Estimated score
Reviewed on June 17, 2010
"The skyline is one of the most romantic sights in the world, and on a warm summer’s evening you can sit on the terrace in the gloaming with a glass of pretty good Albariño, nibbling at the tapas 'collection’..." READ REVIEW

Critics' score: 2
AA Gill Sunday Times
Reviewed on December 13, 2009
"The menu is a promise of fiddliness and front-teeth chewing. I started with an egg yolk in jelly; it was like a big wine gum of pus, only not that nice. It was cheek-puffingly foul." READ REVIEW

Critics' score: 5
Jay Rayner Observer Estimated score
Reviewed on October 17, 2009
"At the end I asked my companion a question I often table: would you come back here again and spend your own money? No, she said, because almost every single dish had a problem. I am minded to agree." READ REVIEW

Critics' score: 6
Guy Dimond Time Out
Reviewed by October 15, 2009
"The prices are fair for a smart place with perfectly adequate cooking, but the service still needs to brush up." READ REVIEW

Critics' score: 5
Dos Hermanos Dos Hermanos
Reviewed on October 03, 2009
"To be honest I think this is as good as the food is going to get so I’m not sure why you’d choose Aqua Nueva over the myriad of other Spanish joints now open all over W1." READ REVIEW

Critics' score: 6
"Richard & Peter" Harden's Estimated score
Reviewed on October 01, 2009
"If – and this seems to us to be a big if – they can get the beautiful people in, this fringe-of-Soho, fringe-of-Carnaby Street (but also fringe-of-Oxford Street) spot could become a really happening sort of rendezvous, the sort in which you might film a London episode of Sex and the City." READ REVIEW

Critics' score: 4
Fay Maschler Evening Standard
Reviewed on October 01, 2009
"...I can sum it up no better than one of my daughters when young who pronounced a disappointing outing “none fun”." READ REVIEW