35 Maiden Lane,
+44 207 836 5314
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Mon-Sat noon-11.30pm Sun noon-10.30pm
Can be a challenge
Rules was established by Thomas Rule in 1798 making it the oldest restaurant in London. It serves traditional British food, specialising in classic game, oysters, pies and puddings. It is a London institution and deservedly so based upon its fabulous 'raised pie alone.
To the right of the restaurant lies a non-descript looking door and this is the entrance to the Cocktail Bar above. Those lucky enough to be issued with their own card can simply swipe themselves in while the rest of us have to negotiate entrance with the top hat wearing doorman.
Like the restaurant below, this bar is classically furnished with relaxing darks woods, panelling and luxuriant bar stools and chairs. The panelling around the top of the room and 'Narnia door' are from London's Savoy hotel.
Such a classic setting deserves a classic bartender and Brian Silva more than fits the bill. He'll have no music, purees, weird infusions or even beer in his bar, instead offering a list of just ten cocktails, all his own and all twists on classics. The result is a wonderfully old-school lounge for the discerning.