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...the Top 10 World Historic Restaurants include the 140 year old Criterion Restaurant?

As you sit and lose yourself in the opulence of the neo-Byzantine architecture, it's easy to conjure up visions of the Criterion Restaurant’s glorious past.

The Criterion Restaurant opened its doors for the first time in 1874 and has been a microcosm of history ever since. Designed by Thomas Verity – architect of the Royal Albert Hall – the restaurant was built over the site of an outdated coaching inn, the White Bear, where the Mozart family stayed in their first night in London in 1764.

With the flourishing of the British Empire, London was a city of dreams and ambitions. The Criterion’s elaborate and sumptuous design would embody the grandeur that became synonymous with Britain during this time.

Over the last 140 years history and legend weave together easily and you can become part of history and walk in the footsteps of famous names and faces from TV, film, books & history. From when Sir Arthur Conan Doyle first imagined the meeting between Dr. Watson and the enigmatic Sherlock Holmes, in the Criterion Long Bar, to the gatherings of the proud Suffragettes often lead by Emily Pankhurst, and how their resolute discussions changed the face of democracy, or the charged negotiations between Winston Churchill and David Lloyd George as the two political titans thrashed out their views.

If the walls could talk, they would surely remember the celebrations at the Royal College of Science's First Annual Dinner, the Chairman that night was none other than H.G. Wells, the pioneer of science fiction. 

From Downton Abbey’s Lady Edith to the epic Hollywood production of 'Batman: The Dark Knight', 'A Good Year', ‘London Boulevard’, 'Gambit' or 'Rush', The Criterion echoes glamour and sophistication from a time gone by.

Read the full article on Huffington Post

The Criterion on Conde Nast's Brides Magazine...Again!


Conde Nast have featured us again on their top wedding Brides Magazine.

The editorial team says the Criterion 'is the place for a chic London wedding', so don't miss out and book now for your wedding showround with Kelly at

Make sure to read all about it on Brides Magazine May/June issue, out now.

Mother's Day at the Criterion

Mother's Day


The Criterion is sweetening all Mothers this Sunday on Mother's Day, with a complimentary glass of pink champagne and a box of chocolates.

Book now, call the Reservations Team on 0207 930 0488 or email at

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LFW at The Criterion


The Criterion hosted Matthew Williamson's show last Sunday for London Fashion Week and was elected the 'best show venue' by the Daily Mail!

See all the images on our Gallery.



3rd Best Afternoon Tea in London


The Criterion has been voted The 3rd Best Afternoon Tea in London by Bookatable guests, right after The Ritz!

We have also made it into the Top 50 Best London Restaurants!

A big Thank You to all our Bookatable guests!

Check the full list for the Bookatable Top 10 London Afternoon Teas.



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GoEuro, Reuters & Downton Abbey


Reuters and GoEuro are happy to recommend the Criterion as part of your Downton Abbey tour!

To know all details and read what the say about us visit GoEuro or Reuters


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The Guardian Review


''Taking a moment between courses to embrace the space, it’s easy to lose track of time as the staff treat guests as though they are the only ones in the room.''

The Guardian has just reccomended The Criterion to their soulmates looking for that perfect romantic dining experience!

You can read all they say about The Criterion here!



Vogue Venues


Vogue have recommended The Criterion as a wedding venue

All you Vogue readers out there, make sure to spot us on Vogue's latest January/February issue.



Made in Chelsea


It is finally live!

Made in Chelsea's Mark and Victoria indulging in the Criterion Champagne Afternoon Tea - watch it here!


The Criterion on Brides Magazine


''...this is the unique venue with the wow factor you have been looking for!''

Just a quick teaser from what you can read about us on Conde Nast's very own Wedding Magazine 'BRIDES'.

Don't miss the full article on the January/February issue out on 27th November!

Or you can skip the wait and book now a champagne showround with Kelly on 0207 839 0105 or