Bars & Cafes


It's almost impossible to describe Rules without lapsing into cliche; As the oldest restaurant in London, it's the epitome of British, colonial, mustache-twirling, tea-sipping, out-in-the-midday-sun Englishness. However, unlike such a description, it completely avoids self-parody and exudes a classic sophistication. It manages this, not least, by providing excellent food. Plenty of game and fish dishes appear alongside the other sumptuously traditional ones. The service, as you might expect, is similarly superb. Head out to the upper level to the bar that exudes an unforgettable old-world charm. The classic cocktails and martinis are a delight.

Location:  35 Maiden Lane

Business hours:  Mo-Sa 12:00 p.m.-11:30 p.m., Su 12:00 p.m.-10:30 p.m.