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The Ivy City Garden: Restaurant Review

The new ‘It’ restaurant in London's Square Mile, from the developer of Sexy Fish and J Sheekey

The Ivy reaches its centenary this year, a milestone it celebrates by spawning a series of sister restaurants. While the eight The Ivy Collection locations launched so far operate as separate companies from The Ivy original (three more are currently under construction), both are owned by Caprice Holdings, controlled by Richard Caring.

With its marble floors, leather banquettes and impressive collection of abstract and irreverent artwork, The Ivy City Garden feels more like one of Caring’s other restaurants; in particular, Scott’s, Sexy Fish or J Sheekey – a slice of Mayfair served in the shadow of Heron Tower without the stuffiness of W1. 

A riotous mix of burnt oranges, midnight blues, dazzling whites and canary yellows, the interior is a light, bright, uplifting space where DJs play from Monday to Saturday. It’s a masterpiece from Martin Brudnizki Design Studio. The food is big and British. Tempura prawns chased by a fillet steak make for a winner. Groups of four can pre-order the truffle beef Wellington sharing platter served with foie gras sauce and dauphinoise potatoes, which is exclusive to Ivy City. 

A buzzy, sexy, subterranean rabbit hole, the City just got its newest ‘It’ restaurant.