13 Percy Street, Fitzrovia, London, W1T 1DP
The Elysée resides in the heart of fashionable Fitzrovia, near London’s West End. Occupying a Georgian townhouse that spans three floors, this venue has been a buzzing hotspot for artists, writers and screen stars since it opened in 1936. Its stream of loyal customers and regular visitors are proof that this family-run venue is still going strong; it isn’t hard to see why. On the ground floor you’ll find London’s original Greek restaurant. Let the five-piece in-house band, belly dancers and the infamous tradition of smashing plates transport you to faraway shores as you soak up the atmosphere and dine on delicious Greek fare. Sporting 1930s decor with earthy hues of maroon, cream and ochre, the restaurant is charged with energy and class. As night falls, the cocktail bar and lounge is a chic hub where guests can delight in aperitifs, post-dinner drinks and dancing. The European wine and innovative bespoke cocktails go down a treat – it’s just the place for your next social soirée. The inviting 1200-foot roof garden and shisha lounge is an al fresco hideaway ideal for laid-back lunches, business meetings and summer parties and can be hired privately for up for 150 guests. Complete with retractable roof, heated lamps and soft lighting, you can enjoy your get-together come rain or shine. When it comes to the food, there’s a real commitment to quality and carefully chosen ingredients. Menus are creatively put together by experienced chefs, with authenticity and simplicity at the forefront. Tried-and-tested Greek recipes and methods are brought up to date with modern presentation. Specialities include grilled octopus with split lentil fava, Uncle Melis’ famous taramasalata, and four-hour spit-roasted lamb souvla, along with various delectable vegetarian and fish dishes. Hot and cold mezze include grilled king prawns, traditional Greek avgolemono soup, grilled Cypriot halloumi and baked aubergine stuffed with Mediterranean ragout and crumbled feta. There is nothing quite like The Elysée for top-notch food, gorgeous surroundings and a feel-good atmosphere, so we suggest you visit this gem to see it for yourself.