The Ivy is one of London’s most in-demand restaurants, a uniquely British institution known throughout the world. An acclaimed refurbishment in 1990, with oak panelling, stained glass and site-specific commissions from leading contemporary artists, recast it as the grand restaurant of its early-20th century heyday. As then, it is a favourite with the pre- and post-theatre crowd, as well as attracting a devoted clientele from the arts and media and beyond. They come for its unmatchable service, the atmosphere of intimacy and privacy fostered by its Director, Fernando Peire, and for its large and unique brasserie-style menu. This offers dishes from around the world such as sashimi and Thai-baked sea bass but has a particular British flavour, with favourites such as Dover sole, roasts and the famous shepherd’s pie, simply but beautifully cooked from the best ingredients.