Rules Restaurant


Located in the heart of lively, fashionable Covent Garden, close to the Royal Opera House and numerous theatres, Rules is London’s oldest restaurant. Rules has an excellent reputation for fine British food, delightful décor and impeccable service.

Specialising in seasonal and game cooking, Rules has gained a vast knowledge of game through ownership of the shooting estate, Lartington Hall Park in County Durham.

Under creative head chef, David Stafford, classic British dishes are constantly developed and reinvented to the delight of regulars and newcomers alike. There are also two beautiful and historical private dining rooms ideal for up to 25 guests.

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Venue Details & Map

Rules Restaurant

35 Maiden Lane
Covent Garden
+44 (020) 7836 5314
Public transport:
Charing Cross, Covent Garden or Leicester Square underground stations. Charing Cross and Waterloo mainline stations.


Catering Facilities
Private Dining
Children Facilities
Children welcome
High chairs available
Event Facilities
In house AV available
Conference rooms / Meeting rooms
General Facilities
Free WiFi
Wi-Fi access
Payment Facilities
Credit cards accepted
Debit cards accepted
Yelp Reviews

4.0 out of 5 based on 152 reviews

Top 5 reviews of Rules Restaurant

5.0 out of 5 9 February 2016
by Antony M.

Rules has a claim that it's the oldest restaurant in London, its other claim is that is can do 'English cuisine' very well... Well, it has every right to both claims. We couldn't get a seat until 9pm on Saturday but still worth the late dinning. Service was very good, and cheerful (our waitress was), décor comfortable and fun (even the Thatcher paintings). The menu really did have wide range...more

3.0 out of 5 31 December 2015
by Geoff Y.

Classical English food in a rather ornate setting, Rules has been around for decades. It's a great place for a celebration and the restaurant looks brilliant. However I think it relies more on it's reputation now than the food itself.

We had starters which were excellent, game terrine, potted shrimp and a game broth. They were all well prepared and delivered by an immaculately attired...more

5.0 out of 5 20 December 2015
by Nathaniel P.

It is more tourists than locals now, but still a necessary stop on any trip to London. Except for perhaps vegans, as the best parts of the menu will certainly involve animals. Although you could enjoy it for the cocktails alone. I have dined there twice on two different trips and both times it was well worth it. It is an experience in history as well as gastronomy. Meaning you're going...more

4.0 out of 5 13 December 2015
by Tom M.

We weren't too hungry, so went straight for the mains. We shared an aged rib of beef with some good old fashioned Yorkshire pudding and potato. The meat was cooked wonderfully, it had the perfect smoky and crispy texture on the outside, very moist and tender from the inside and really well seasoned. Deseret of rum Baba was also a winner, the aroma of the rum was defined. It had the perfect...more

4.0 out of 5 28 November 2015
by Joshua B.

Classic English cuisine in a classy setting in London. I went here on the recommendation of a British friend and wasn't disappointed. Atmosphere was classy and mildly "stuffy" but in a good/traditional way. I didn't feel out of place in my business casual attire (no suit/tie retired), but I wouldn't come in with anything less.

We had a couple glasses of wine each, and traditional English...more

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