Rules Restaurant

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The oldest restaurant in London, Rules has been serving traditional British food since 1798. Once frequented by Charles Dickens and H.G Wells, the restaurant has retained its historical charm with leather banquettes, low-level lighting and antique pictures.

Its traditional feel also applies to its food. You’ll find hearty traditional British dishes such as pies and puddings, as well as game and beef from the restaurant's own estate.

Its wide-ranging wine list features mostly French wines; while the atmospheric bar upstairs serves a range of spirits and classic cocktails.


Average main course £24.00 (USD 33.58) to £35.00 (USD 48.97) per diner

Venue Details & Map

Rules Restaurant

35 Maiden Lane
+44 (020) 7836 5314

Yelp Reviews

8.00 out of 5
based on 173 reviews

Top 5 reviews of Rules Restaurant

5.0 out of 5
06 December 2017
by Steve H.

This is one of our very favorite restaurants in London!

The Rules is a London classic! The food and the service is fantastic! And, if you are into game, The Rules cannot be beat!

We never miss a chance dining here when we are in town.

If you've never been, treat yourself! You won't be disappointed. more

3.0 out of 5
16 May 2017
by Bailey M.

We mainly went here since it is the oldest restaurant in London and we thought that was pretty cool. It definitely felt like we stepped back into time with the old fashioned decor and photos.

When we made our reservation they were very friendly and our server was nice as well.

I had the chicken with mashed potatoes. I almost wish I had less chicken and more mashed potatoes. The potatoes... more

2.0 out of 5
22 December 2017
by Ike M.

As one of the oldest existing restaurants in London, I've long considered Rules a "must" on any trip to the UK. I've been perhaps a dozen times over the last five or six years...though my most recent visit may well be my last.

Normally, their charming period decor and usually deliciously unusual game-oriented menu make them a truly unique dining experience, even in a world-class city like... more

3.0 out of 5
21 April 2018
by Krystle B.

Waiter was a dick.

Oldest restaurant is London. Cute, kitschy decor. Extensive wine list. Yelp won't let me just write "waiter is a dick."

Centrally located. Walking distance to the West End, Chinatown, Gaybourhood, Theatre District.

Food yummy, look at pics.

Worst service I had in London but I would go back again, the food was actually really good.

Waiter still a dick. more

5.0 out of 5
26 October 2017
by Steve L.

This is a piece of history. It's the oldest continuous serving restaurant in England. Dating back to the early 1800's whilst you guys were still shooting each other.

The walls are covered in wonderful charactertures depicting the incredible history of patrons. The night we dined, we saw 2 MP's from Parliament. I mean in person, not on the wall!

The menu is aggressively British featuring Wild... more

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