A magician read our minds the other day. He knew that we were thinking about The Ivy…
…which was creepy.
What we were also musing on, however, was the distinct lack of places in Victoria for gilded, all-day dining inside an elegant brasserie and a year-round outdoor terrace, serving crowd-pleasing elevated British cooking and cocktails from a glimmering pink bar.
Because, incidentally, The Ivy brasseries – a series of eminently successful spin-offs of what is arguably London’s most iconic restaurant – are about to expand into Victoria.
They’re calling it… The Ivy Victoria.
Sprawling over two storeys, it’s set to be a stunner of a space, decked out in The Ivy brasseries’ signature charm. There are polished marble tiled floors; sumptuous ivy green leather booths; glittering gold lighting plucked straight from the 1930s; sprays of foliage everywhere you look; and chintzy armchairs ready to envelop you for a sedate breakfast, lunch or dinner. Upstairs is a pink onyx cocktail bar with a roaring fire and romantic tables for two; downstairs is the vast heated terrace; and even the powder room – with its gilded floor-to-ceiling floral wallpaper and art deco mirrors – is among the loveliest in London.
The menu does what The Ivy does best – elegantly presented dishes that are secretly also all your favourite comfort foods. The day starts with eggs every which way; pancakes; Full Englishes and pastries; before moving onto the expansive all-day offering. There’s seared Atlantic scallops with caper butter and a tamarind glaze; chicken Milanese with a creamy truffle and parmesan sauce; The Ivy’s celebrated shepherd’s pie, made with braised lamb-leg and beef; a choice of five cuts of steak; and a vegetarian offering spanning from Keralan sweet potato curry to jackfruit bang bang salad.
Fully fed, you’ll then head to that upstairs bar for a cocktail like the Hazelnut Alexander, with cognac, Frangelico hazelnut liqueur and cream, topped with grated nutmeg; before deciding you probably could squeeze in the malted banana ice cream with chocolate brownie and candied pecans.
See? We can read your mind, too.
NOTE: The Ivy Victoria is open all week long. You can find out more, and make a booking, HERE.
The Ivy Victoria | 66 Victoria Street, London, SW1E 6SQ
Like The Ivy? Check out their foliage-filled brasserie in Chelsea