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.
Book a taxi on +44 (0)844 556 0706 or with London's biggest car service app


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

4 out of 5 based on 142 reviews

Top 5 reviews of Rules Restaurant

3.0 out of 5 11 November 2015
by Kelvin C.

This place makes me LOL. On one hand the food was decent. On the other, the service was probably the most pretentious, snobby, nose up in the air @#(%@, that I have ever experienced. Seriously, I could have practically tasted the waiters nose hairs if he came any closer to us. It's not like we weren't well dressed, or spoke sh*tty was just Mr.Belvedere doing his PMS thing....more

5.0 out of 5 12 October 2015
by Yang C.

The rib of beef for two and the sides was delicious and enough for two. Traditional British food. Awesome environment.more

5.0 out of 5 12 August 2015
by Rita R.

Traditional English restaurant, excellent food and service , delicious dishes. To my personal opinion, this is a must go restaurant if you are visiting London. Prices are fair for the quality of food and service provided. Ask their waiters for any reference needed.more

5.0 out of 5 25 March 2015
by Chris B.

Many Yelp reviewers point out that this restaurant often advises they have promised your table to another guest by a certain time and seem slightly, if not completely put off by this. This is part of managing a busy restaurant and honoring reservations. If they walk in and can get a table, they're lucky! And if they had made reservations and were required to wait, they might be even more...more

5.0 out of 5 21 September 2014
by MaryBeth R.

Yelp strikes again! After being turned away from many traditional (and highly rated on Yelp) British pubs because we were dining with a minor, Rules Restaurant saved the day. Despite the fact that our family was clearly under-dressed compared to the other patrons and the wait staff, they didn't turn us away. While my husband and I do prefer to dress appropriately when we dine, we also...more

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