When owner Abel Gandolini and Maître d'Hôtel Mario Gallati joined forces in 1917, their modest café soon made friends and gained favour amongst the theatre community and The Ivy was born. Subsequent redevelopments over the years have evolved the dining room as we know it today, a space closely resembling the grand restaurant created by the original duo back in their heyday.
The Ivy enjoyed a refurbishment in 1990 by M J Long, which re-established its position as London's favourite theatre restaurant. Twenty five years later, Caprice Holdings’s owner Richard Caring commissioned Martin Brudnizki Design Studio to re-think the restaurant and bring it firmly into the 21st century – keeping its iconic features such as the windows, green leather banquettes, oak, gentle lighting and remarkable collection of contemporary British art, but offsetting them with a sumptuous dining bar in the middle of the restaurant, a larger entrance showcasing the original Eduardo Paolozzi installation and completely redesigned loos.
Join Business Lounge for a late lunch in this iconic venue