| Soho, Fitzrovia, Covent Garden

One of London's oldest restaurants, there has been a Rules serving food in and around this part of Covent Garden since 1798. Here is where you come if you're after history and classic British dishes, served well. The upstairs cocktail bar is legendary.

Restaurant details

35 Maiden Lane, Covent Garden, London WC2E 7LB
Nearest tube: 
  • Charing Cross
  • Covent Garden
Telephone number: 0207 836 5314
More info: 
  • Private Hire available
  • Bar area

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35 Maiden Lane, Covent Garden, London WC2E 7LB


Critic reviews - total score 8 out of 10

Critics' score: 8
Marina O'Loughlin Guardian
Reviewed on February 23, 2013
"To eat here is to allow yourself to sink into a velvet-upholstered, wood-panelled fantasy of a past we've never experienced: hell, Rules even owns a 1935 Rolls-Royce called Bubbles." READ REVIEW

Critics' score: 8
Marina O'Loughlin Metro
Reviewed by May 25, 2011
"...the food is every bit as impressive as the history-steeped rooms, with produce and game coming from the restaurant’s own estates. How many other restaurants can boast that?" READ REVIEW

Critics' score: 9
Chris Pople Cheese and Biscuits
Reviewed on September 10, 2009
"It was a magical evening, one of those nights where every element of every bite and slurp brings joy and each moment slides blissfully into the next." READ REVIEW

Critics' score: 9.5
Matthew Norman Guardian
Reviewed on December 23, 2006
""This is bliss," said my friend as he studied the menu - and he was right. " READ REVIEW

Critics' score: 6
Nina Godsmark View London
Reviewed on February 05, 2001
"The uncompromising, traditional British atmosphere sets Rules apart. " READ REVIEW