The Criterion

The Criterion

British

0.5 miles
224 Piccadilly, London, W1J 9HP
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The Criterion, located in the heart of Piccadilly Circus, is an elegant and breathtakingly beautiful restaurant. Originally opened in 1874, the Grade II* listed lavish space embraces the main dining room, the semi-private terrace area and the world-famous Criterion Long Bar, adding warmth and softness to the spectacular interiors.

As you sit and lose yourself in the opulence of the neo-Byzantine architecture, it's easy to conjure up visions of the Criterion Restaurant's glorious past. You can even become part of history and walk in the footsteps of famous names and faces from television, film, literature and history - from when Sir Arthur Conan Doyle first imagined the meeting between Dr Watson and the enigmatic Sherlock Holmes in the Criterion Long Bar, to the gatherings of the proud suffragettes and how their resolute discussions changed the face of democracy, or the charged negotiations between Winston Churchill and David Lloyd George as the two political titans thrashed out their views. If the walls could talk, they would surely remember the celebrations at the Royal College of Science's First Annual Dinner - the chairman that night was none other than H.G. Wells, the pioneer of science fi ction. From Downton Abbey to the epic Hollywood productions of Batman: The Dark Knight, A Good Year, London Boulevard or Rush, The Criterion has been the setting for many a hit television and film production, as it echoes glamour and sophistication from a time gone by.

Head chef Artan Hasa has created an exquisite modern European menu that is simple and luxurious, and he aims to source ingredients of the highest possible quality from within the British Isles. The Criterion is a member of the Sustainable Restaurant Association and works closely with them to continually improve sustainability. The fish is caught every morning from across the British Isles and delivered the same day to ensure freshness; the meat is all rare-breed, sourced from individual farms, free range and outdoor-reared, hung for a minimum of five weeks and butchered on the premises; their bread is homemade, and they even churn their own butter. What's more, the team smoke their own fish, and all pasta, ricotta, ice cream and sorbets are made on the premises.

Live music every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday night from 7.30pm adds to the already charming ambience, so come and discover this historic gem's timeless
elegance for yourself
+3The Criterion
Open: Mon-Sat noon-2.30pm, 5.30pm-11.30pm (afternoon tea served 2.30pm-4pm); Sun noon-3.30pm, 5.30pm-10.30pm (afternoon tea served 3.30pm 4pm)