L'Anima
L'Anima

L'Anima

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.lanima.co.uk/
  • Phone: 02074227000x
  • Hours of Operation:

    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:45am - 3pm
    Dinner: Monday - Friday: 5:30pm - 11pm
    Dinner: Saturday: 5:30pm - 11:30pm
    BAR
    Monday - Friday: 9am - 1am
    Saturday: 5:30pm - 1am
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Francesco Mazzei
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from L'Anima
Welcome to L’Anima, London’s award winning Italian restaurant in the heart of the City. L’Anima offers the finest of contemporary Italian cooking in surroundings nothing short of sheer elegance.

Translated, L’Anima is Italian for ‘soul’. This essence has been incorporated in every detail of this charming and sophisticated restaurant and bar; from Francesco Mazzei’s innovative Italian menus and selected wine list, to the inviting interiors providing for a comfortable, intimate and memorable experience.

Francesco Mazzei uses exceptional ingredients from around Britain and Italy, interpreting dishes from Calabria, Puglia, Sicily and Sardinia.

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L'Anima reviews from OpenTable diners
227 reviews since 26 May 2014
Average Rating4.1
  • Food4.2
    Service4.2
  • Ambience3.9
    Value3.4
83% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
business meals (147)special occasions (119)fit for foodies (108)romance (80)group bookings (30)good vegetarian options (24)pre/post theatre (14)disabled access (13)brunch (10)outstanding value (9)sunday lunch (6)outdoor eating (2)afternoon tea (1)child friendly (1)Show More
  • pickyoldsod
    Dined on 16/9/2014
    The only problem with this restaurant is its design. There is an almost aircraft hanger effect, with the result that when busy, the noise is overpowering and normal conversation across the generous sized tables is virtually impossible. Shouting and enjoyment of a meal are not comfortable bedfellows. Pity, because the food was very good.
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  • Always good menu
    DarkMe
    Dined on 12/9/2014
    Excellent food, brilliant presentation and clever ingredients. Have eaten here many times, for lunch, for business, for dinner. Never let me down. Their rosé ain't bad neither.
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  • Disappointing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 12/9/2014
    We had the 3 course meal offer and were all disappointed. It seemed like they put on a 'speical' set menu with tiny portions which also wasn't very original. I've been at L'Anima before and always enjoyed it but this time was bad. Service also ignored us for most of the night.
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  • Wow!
    nono
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    We had an excellent Saturday evening meal with close friends at L'Anima and were blown away with the service, quality, presentation and overall experience. It was not cheap, but for a special occasion or a business meal, it is excellent and comes highly recommended.
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  • L'Anima good food at a price
    Eat87
    Dined on 4/9/2014
    I had dinner here with a business associate, meeting in the bar for a drink. The high ceilings give a feeling of space but all the hard bland finishes play havoc with the acoustics and offer little in character or identity, often making it difficult to hear the conversation. As such the bar is not somewhere you feel you want to linger. The menu is extensive and expensive! The food was good - but our mains were served lukewarm, but this was address quickly when mentioned. The wine list and selection of drinks on offer is very good, but again a little on the expensive side, which all starts to add up when they add the 13% service charge on too. Overall, an enjoyable experience but slightly over priced for its location and the food offer.
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    business meals, disabled access, fit for foodies, romance
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic food
    GxstVIP
    Dined on 2/9/2014
    We booked for the summer menu and the food was outstanding and at a great price.
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  • Lovely food
    VandN
    Dined on 1/9/2014
    The food was lovely but the atmosphere was a bit lacking. Very stark white setting which improved slightly when the lights were dimmed halfway through our meal. Can't fault the food or the service though - both were excellent!
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  • Stunning food...
    RKE14
    Dined on 29/8/2014
    Absolutely divine food. Cannot rate the flavours more highly. I cannot stop thinking about the Black Scotch Beef as oh my god it was divine. Could be the best beef I have ever eaten. The chocolate dome was a treat and a half and I would just dine there to eat that again as it was beautiful and a chocoholics heaven!!! We had such an amazing time there are really cannot fault it at all. Will look forward to going back and attempting some of the other dishes!
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    business meals, fit for foodies, group bookings, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pleasantly surprised.
    sittingduck
    Dined on 29/8/2014
    We went for the Set Menu (2 Courses plus prosecco and wine) for £35 which represented very good value. The options on the set meal were very good and the food was delicious. The restaurant looks quite corporate in design and area and fit for business meetings, but we in fact found the staff very welcoming, friendly and helpful and made us feel very welcome even though we were in casual attire. I would definitely go back to order a la carte.
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    brunch, business meals, disabled access, fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, outstanding value, romance
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  • Great value and quality.
    JTown87
    Dined on 26/8/2014
    To summarise I went for the special set menu of 2 courses, glass of wine and glass of prosecco for £35. When I arrived, my coat was taken into the cloak room, staff extremely polite. When I was seated I was brought complimentary olives and a bread basket, with many different types, all tasted amazing. Started off with the beef carpaccio. It was divine, maybe a few too many cheese shavings as it was a very powerful cheese. Risotto for a main, no complaints, waiter even suggested the wine to go with the course. Service was extremely friendly and attentive throughout and a great value for money with this offer. I would definitely come back on a special occasion and try the a la carte menu.
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    business meals, fit for foodies, outstanding value, romance, special occasions
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  • Lovely experience
    Shaun
    Dined on 22/8/2014
    Visited 22/08/2014 The experience was fantastic. We mistakenly turned up at L’Anima Café, the smaller version around the corner. A nice member of staff kindly accompanied us to the proper restaurant. Upon arrival we were greeted warmly and were offered the option of pre-dining drinks which we declined and were escorted directly to our table. Waiter and waitresses were attentive all evening and helpful with the menu. I’m not use to eating Italian or fine dining and found the food to be exquisite and extremely tasty, When I can afford it I will definitely be returning.
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    fit for foodies, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, new highs on the bill!
    Buy2ssell3s
    Dined on 19/8/2014
    L'Anima is great, if you're not the one paying! That pretty much sums it up. The food is excellent, service is good and the dining room is nice if a little dull. It's quite obvious this place is built around a city/banking crowd which is not a problem if you know what to expect prior. You probably wouldn't go here for a first date unless your other half knows her way around a Fibonacci retracement or the current yield on the t-note ;) Food - pasta with crab and lemon is excellent, as is the octopus starter. The bread (specifically the foccacia) is amazing. Same table next week if I can find a lonely middle aged sponsor :D
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous food
    TheJackson4
    Dined on 15/8/2014
    Saw this restaurant on MasterChef and promised ourselves a visit when in London. We were not disappointed. Food was exceptional and so were the staff. I would highly recommend a visit.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Top Tastes and Superb Presentation
    Graham
    Dined on 15/8/2014
    Friday eve...was surprised by the warm service and assistance/enthusiasm of the staff. Cocktails were brilliant with such huge flavours of fresh ripe fruit. Beautifully presented food that on the whole was really well cooked (a side of courgettes were too salty to eat - although they should serve them at the bar with beer! and my pasta was also too salty - however they were most obliging in taking them off the bill and offering a free digestive at the end of the meal...a nice touch) Puds were spectacular...save space. Wine was lovely and well served...although a little slow to fill my glass as the restraunt became half full...I had to ask at one stage. Italian food at its best here...and the prices reflect that. I would definitely go again
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fine dining!
    ButteryHotness
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    I thought the service was brilliant. I was greeted at the door with a smile and a handshake. The waiters were very helpful explaining some of the dishes on the menu and didn't hover around us. The food was full of love and flavour and didn't take too long to come out either. Overall an experience I'd do again.
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  • Great place - loved it !
    Hector
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Superb food and service Will be going back Stunning interior with great ambiance Stuffed courgette flowers were the stars of the night
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What a Disappointment
    doryedgeVIP
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    I had been looking forward to going to this restaurant for some time. However, from the first moments, when I opened the door and crossed the threshold into a wall of sound I knew that the evening was going to be a trial. Straining to have a conversation or even to hear what the waiters are saying does not lead to a pleasant evening. Nothing wrong with the food.
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  • Classy and elegant
    tec2000
    Dined on 31/7/2014
    My girlfriend and I enjoyed our evening at L'Anima last week. The food was both delicious and well presented. We took the option of the summer menu up which had a few of their summer dishes. We will be returning to try the full menu soon! Service was very good/
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  • Outstanding
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 23/7/2014
    Great food, atmosphere and service. Cant recommend highly enough!
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    business meals, fit for foodies, group bookings, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Superb Italian cuisine
    MDS040867
    Dined on 23/7/2014
    L'Anima is everything I would expect from an authentic Italian restaurant and makes eating here a wonderful experience. I expected nothing less. The acoustics on the bar side need a little attention but this was quickly forgotten when entering the restaurant and being spoilt by attentive staff who must be said were not obtrusve and merely waiting in the shadows. Our group loved the food and we will definately be back
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 22/7/2014
    Food and drink were very good. Ambience was a bit loud, I think because of the acoustics of the room, it was difficult to have a comfortable conversation with my wife. Service and quality of environment were also very good.
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  • Stylish
    RosieB
    Dined on 22/7/2014
    Lovely setting giving calm in a very busy and bustling part of London. Lovely decor; seasonal menu; good wine.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 8/10 a very enjoyable evening
    1964chatts
    Dined on 22/7/2014
    Table for 7 for a business dinner with clients, very enjoyable evening. Service was perfect for the occasion with plently of help with explaining the menu and wine suggestions
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  • Very disappointing
    Disappointed
    Dined on 19/7/2014
    I booked a table for 2 on Saturday evening after watching Francesco on TV making his signature dish Lasagna. We struggled to find the place (terrible oneway streets) and not good signage for the restaurant. The place was more than half empty. The food was way below expectations and the lasagna was nothing like the one on TV. The astmospher very cold, although staff were friendly. Very disappointed by the food, especially from a restaurant owned by such a celebrity chef. Apparently, Francesco was not cooking that evening as he was busy with the preparation of opening his next door Café. I hope they'll be cooking better food there!
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  • delicious
    gavin
    Dined on 19/7/2014
    superb food, very friendly staff, lovely dining room. had a really nice evening
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  • L'Anima, well worth a visit
    David
    Dined on 18/7/2014
    I visited L'Anima, in Snowdon Street, just behind Liverpool Street Station, for lunch with a colleague. The decor is fairly stark - white leather everywhere - smart and elegant, but not very cosy! The cuisine is Italian, although the dishes I had, raw tuna, rabbit and pineapple dishes and I would classify the cuisine as modern European, if not French. However, the food was beautifully presented, with vibrant colours and exciting flavours. The rabbit dish would have benefited from more sauce, but apart from that it was a good meal. You do pay a price for it though! In my case the waiter took £10 too much from my credit card, but of course this was immediately corrected.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bobbo
    Dined on 17/7/2014
    Work dinner, with a group of nine. The staff were friendly and the food very good.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another delightful evening
    Doradin
    Dined on 14/7/2014
    Consistently good dining, and always immaculate surroundings and excellent service. Not an exaggeration, just the way L'Anima is.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • God-awful loud music
    Rafaelnd
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Entirely forgettable experience, not recommended. Unremarkable food, overbearing amateurish service...not worth the money. The waiters seemed confused about us not wanting to drink wine, and kept on asking if we wanted to order it. Annoying and sad.
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  • Stunning
    QuinzenVIP
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    An absolute favourite, this restaurant never disappoints. On this visit we enjoyed the crab pasta. Pasta here is always divine.
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    business meals, fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, group bookings, romance, special occasions
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  • Lunch
    Leopard16
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    very nice athompshere, attendive service and great food
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  • Food for the soul
    Debsioso
    Dined on 5/7/2014
    Delicious Italian food in a modern but lovely and relaxing environment Lovely staff even if it took a while for them to loosen up a bit! Only disappointment was the signature dish wasn't on the menu (chef's mother's recipe for lasagne). Highly recommended. Quiet on a Sat evening if you need crowds for atmosphere (we don't).
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food but too expensive
    Gusta
    Dined on 4/7/2014
    The food was great, very fresh and full of flavour, but the portions were too small, and each dish coasts around £18. Be prepared to spend around £55-65 per person + drinks.
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  • lady
    lady
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    We found the staff very arrogant, this alone wouldn't have ruined our dinner. But when our main course was served the air-conditioning was blasting out extra cold air and made our food instantly cold. We called over a waiter and asked him to turn the AC down, however moments later our food tasted like it came straight from the refrigerator and was not very enjoyable to eat, so much so we couldn't finish our plates of expensive food. When our plates were collected we complained. Then before we knew what was happening a big chocolate pudding was placed in front of us in a grand gesture which felt utterly inappropriate. We didn't want the pudding, we were still hungry for the main course which had been ruined. A very disappointing experience.
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  • Disappointing lobster pasta & menu
    MrsMD
    Dined on 30/6/2014
    I have dined many times but the last 2 have been disappoining. choice on menu has been reduced and more importantly the lobster pasta taste bad with spring onions that should not bet there and too much anise.shame also that lobster was presented separately and not mixed with the sauce. unlikely I wil return.
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  • Saturday night
    Likesquality
    Dined on 28/6/2014
    Great meal (as before). For people who like their deserts, the rasberry souffle was amazing
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  • never fails
    arslangu
    Dined on 23/6/2014
    i ve been at l Anima several times, and i was never disappointed. A good menu with something to choose from for everyone. Wine list is excellent.
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  • Wendy
    Dined on 31/5/2014
    Fantastic food, faultless service in a stunning restaurant! From the food, design and attention to detail from the staff the standard was the highest,
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  • AlexandraB
    Dined on 30/5/2014
    Overpriced and lacking in a ambience. Food is good but too expensive. Good cocktails.
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  • Disappointing
    PhilVVIP
    Dined on 29/5/2014
    Was a fan when we went back 4 or 5 years ago. Found the food ok, but rather bland and the recommended wines uninspiring. When you spend £150pp that's not good enough. Had far better meals elsewhere.
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