The Cinnamon Club
The Cinnamon Club
  • Address:
    The Old Westminster Library, 30-32 Great Smith Street
    London, SW1P 3BU
    Neighbourhood:
    St. James's
  • Cuisine:
    Indian
    Price: £41 and over

The Cinnamon Club

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.cinnamonclub.com/
  • Phone: 02072222555x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Breakfast: Monday - Friday: 7:30am - 9:30am;
    Brunch: Saturday: 12:00pm - 2:30pm;
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 12:00pm - 2:30pm;
    Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 6:00pm - 10:45pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Indian
  • Executive Chef: Vivek Singh
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Smoking Area, Wine
  • Catering: We look forward to catering for your party and we can offer a fantastic selection of canapés or dining experience if you have a full-fledged kitchen.

Getting there

  • Public Transit: Westminster and St. James's Park tube stations are both within walking distance.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: On street outside is free after 6:30pm on the single yellow line. There is also an NCP Car Park located 5 minutes away on Abingdon Street.
A word from The Cinnamon Club
The multiple award-winning Cinnamon Club in St James’ is like no other Indian restaurant you’ve visited. Set in the former Old Westminster Library – a Grade II listed building still with books lining the walls - it has a grandeur and character that perfectly compliments its outstanding food. The team of 18 chefs, headed up by Vivek Singh, have a creative approach and a distinctive knack of layering flavours with stunning presentation. The imaginative lunch and dinner menus change seasonally. Pre and post-theatre menus are also available.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerIndian
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked 1000-Point Tables
The Cinnamon Club reviews from OpenTable diners
887 reviews since 23 October 2013
Average Rating4.1
  • Food4.3
    Service4
  • Ambience3.9
    Value3.5
87% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasions (508)business meals (468)fit for foodies (406)romance (215)good vegetarian options (212)group bookings (124)pre/post theatre (122)outstanding value (61)sunday lunch (44)brunch (42)child friendly (14)afternoon tea (10)disabled access (4)outdoor eating (4)Show More
  • Overpriced mediocre food & service
    Lovegoodfood
    Dined on 18/10/2014
    we arrived early for cocktails. Waited 25 minutes for drinks to arrive. Very poor - badly balanced. We had to ask 5 times when our table would be ready. Kept getting fobbed off. Most of the cocktail staff stood around watching while drinks were being prepared. Eventually we were told table was ready - 25 minutes late. No apology. General staff attitude was aloof, disinterested with an air of self importance. Food was very disappointing - 2 of the starters were cold, seasoning lacked subtlety, small portions, nothing memorable. No sense of restaurant having passion for food or interest in experience of their customers. I ate here 3 years ago and it was excellent - something has gone badly wrong since.
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  • Well worth the Wait!
    HungryHarriet
    Dined on 17/10/2014
    I've heard great reviews about Cinammon Club for many years and finally made a last minute reservation and I'm annoyed I waited so long. The food was incredible, the service attentive without being overbearing and we were particularly impressed with the speed with which the food came out without compromising on quality. The only downside would be that the portions could be a bit bigger but overall very impressed.
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    business meals, fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, pre/post theatre, romance, special occasions
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  • Outstanding Indian restaurant
    Belebo
    Dined on 17/10/2014
    Outstanding food in this excellent Indian restaurant. Nice decor in this former library. Professional service.
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  • deebee
    Dined on 16/10/2014
    I am introducing my 21 year old nephew to the delights of good eating in London and the Cinnamon Club proved its worth. The sounds of enjoyment replaced our usual conversation as every mouthful proved that the standard of cooking is amongst the best - if not the best- of its genre in London. That coupled with an attentive and friendly staff made for an enjoyable and mouth watering meal. We shall both return without fail
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    business meals, fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, special occasions
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  • JS173
    Dined on 16/10/2014
    Having tasted their food at various events it was great to actually visit the restaurant. I was not disappointed. The staff were very attentive, the food was delicious and I had a very enjoyable meal with a business colleague.
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  • The Cinnamon Club
    DPsoutingsVIP
    Dined on 14/10/2014
    A mid week lunch outing. We went for the tasting menu with matching wine . To sum up ... excellent. Taste sensations throughout the meal. The food is beautifully presented and the wine pairings are excellent. We drank wines we would not normally consider, very clever despite some very hot spicing in the food. Difficult to identify the best course... all good. The prawn dish was excellent. We couldn't fault the service, a very comfortable place to dine.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, but service lacking
    GMR987
    Dined on 11/10/2014
    Really enjoyed the food which certainly lived up to expectation. However, the service was disappointing. The staff were perfectly friendly and polite but inattentive and for a top restaurant this was not really good enough. The pre-dinner drink never came (but did appear on the bill), the wine did not arrive until prompted and then we had to restate what we had ordered. Plates were not cleared away promptly and we had to wait a considerable time to place our dessert menu. It seemed as though the table was somehow slightly invisible.
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  • wonderful!
    mimi
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    I spent a wonderful evening with excellent food and wine in a lovely and friendly atmosphere!
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    business meals, good vegetarian options, group bookings, outstanding value, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing flavors, beautiful place
    auricle
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Making a reservation is a great idea, since this is obviously a popular restaurant. It's popularity has to be because of the excellent dishes that are prepared. Wonderful flavors from beginning to end! Our service was outstanding. I love the European approach to leaving me alone to enjoy my meal, but being attentive when I need assistance. Drew was in his first week serving and assisting our main waiter (did not get his name). Both were very pleasant and helpful. Each course was excellent, topped off by an outstanding dessert. I highly recommend the Cinnamon Club. It is not cheap, but this is exceptional food in a lovely environment.
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    business meals, good vegetarian options, pre/post theatre, romance, special occasions
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  • Excellent evening
    Pamela
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    Fantastic food with an amazing choice. Thoroughly enjoyable evening. Staff were great.
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    business meals, fit for foodies, group bookings, outstanding value, special occasions
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  • good civilized indian food
    ClareDVIP
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    but sadly not a patch on Gymkhana, although the lamb cutlet special was particularly good. I know its not classy but everyone knows that poppadums are everyones favourites so why are there none in sight!
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  • Lots of pressure re overpriced wine
    AmericanLondonVIP
    Dined on 3/10/2014
    This restaurant has a great reputation, but we found it really odd that after ordering cocktails (and they were still full) that we were asked about 8 times by different members of staff to choose wine. When we did look, there were no reasonably priced wine selections (i.e., no bottles of white wine less than £40?) that felt off. Sometimes excessively attentive service can be too much, and it needs a rethink.
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  • ElizabethEats
    Dined on 3/10/2014
    This was my first tiem at this outstanding restaurant, and I will certainly be going again. The location in the old Westminster Library was stunning, the menu excellent, and quality of the food sublime. I ordered the most expensive dish I have ever eaten - the wagyu steak - and it was memorable and worth it. Service was a little forgetful at times. All in all, a wonderful evening
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  • Always a pleaseure
    FoodieVieVIP
    Dined on 3/10/2014
    The Cinnamon Club has become a must for my visiting family and friends from overseas. The food is innovative and tasty, service is always top notch. My Dad who does not normally go for Indian food love it there!!
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Where did the Indian cuisine go?
    SunRunner
    Dined on 3/10/2014
    I've eaten here 3 times since 2005 and am less impressed each visit. The first time was full of surprises and flavors - expensive but worth it. The second in 2011, the food was very good, but not exceptional and not exceptionally flavored or adventurous. The bar still had some unique offerings such as cardamom-spiced vodka. Now, in 2014, all the "Indian" seems to have disappeared, and the bar could have been one of hundreds of others. Our meal was decent, but the menu's overall variety has diminished greatly. Gone are the array of "amuse bouches" (instead, one sad little fritter the size of a marble), and gone - woefully - is the spiced vodka. The ambience is as stunning as ever, but the kitchen is floating on past glories...
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  • Roodey
    Dined on 3/10/2014
    This was a repeat visit and it prooved to be just as enjoyable as the first time - the service was exceptional.
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    business meals, pre/post theatre, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovetodine
    Dined on 2/10/2014
    Nice place. No sound proofing and very very loud. Waiter kept forgetting to bring us what we ordered. Long waits Waiter not genuinely interested - seemed very stressed Asked for taxi to be booked - was booked a private taxi which was way over priced. Luckily we found another taxi. Food was good quality, but didn't have a wow factor to it.
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  • Upscale Indian Cuisine
    Rick
    Dined on 1/10/2014
    The food choices and the spices for the meals were excellent. The waiter was very helpful with making choices. The little extras - an extra starter and the "sweets" at the end were extra special
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    business meals, fit for foodies, pre/post theatre, special occasions
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  • Noisy nice, but expensive
    FionaH
    Dined on 1/10/2014
    Had very noisy people beside us and the acoustics meant we could hardly hear ourselves across a table for two. Food was very good but expensive. Delightful ambience in bar area downstairs, staff were very friendly and service slick.
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  • Lived up to it's reputation
    LondonLuvie
    Dined on 30/9/2014
    I've been meaning to go for years ... it was worth the wait. The cuisine was brilliant, the best Indian food I have had in England. Beautiful touches on each dish. The service was OK but if I was looking for a comment on what to improve, the waiters could have been more attentive.
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    brunch, business meals, fit for foodies, romance
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  • Outstanding Food
    KarlLondon
    Dined on 27/9/2014
    A warm welcome and relaxing drink in the bar before our meal. The quality of the food was amazing, modern Indian cuisine, fresh, infused with subtle spices and a great seldom of wines. A little on the pricey side but well worth it for a special occasion.
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    business meals, fit for foodies, romance, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Elisa
    Dined on 26/9/2014
    Excellent food and the service is attentive. However, the restaurant lack of atmosphere.
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  • Good food!
    Anu007
    Dined on 25/9/2014
    Indian food with a twist! Interesting dishes and friendly staff
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    business meals, child friendly, fit for foodies, group bookings, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Faultless Food
    Kickabrick
    Dined on 24/9/2014
    Loved the vibe of the room, great bar knowledgeable staff but most of all the sublime food with amazing attention to detail!
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cinnamon club - amazing food
    JudiVIP
    Dined on 24/9/2014
    First visit....food was outstanding taste and quality but the cost not justified and for those with large apettites, the portions small.
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 24/9/2014
    Interesting food combinaions, fish dishes are particularly good. Service excellent
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  • Special Treat
    foodie
    Dined on 22/9/2014
    Went for the tasting menu with wine accompanying for a special treat. Food was excellent, and well paced. Flavours were interesting and the spice was present but not so overbearing so while the heat did build the odd sorbet or milder course meant the taste sensations were still able to be appreciated. The wines were pretty well matched with the courses, if a little traditional and unimaginative / unsurprising. Service was efficient and attentive. I'll be back.
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    business meals, fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Rafa
    Dined on 20/9/2014
    Beatiful bar and restaurant in an old library, delicious modern indian food, good service. And you pay for all that...
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  • Highly recommended
    Emrys26
    Dined on 20/9/2014
    Lovely atmosphere and very nice fusion food. Staffs were also so professional and friendly. Quite expensive but very good offer with Open Table but we had to wait until 9:30 pm to have our dinner Lovely experience and will definitely go back.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Well Below Par
    Bhav
    Dined on 20/9/2014
    We have dined at many 'fine dining' restaurants in London and i would say, that our experience at the Cinnamon Club on Saturday night was extremely poor. At a high level, i would say the service would be similar to a very poorly run high street restaurant with Michelin star prices. Some points briefly:- 1) Complementary arrival snack (not sure what it is called) was not provided whereas it was to other tables. 2) Had to ask for the wine menu twice before it was finally provided 3) Starter dish (not food) sent back as it was dirty 4) Main course dish (not food) sent back as it was dirty 5) Main course food barely lukewarm 6) Vegetarian selection extremely poor Waiting for restaurant manager to come back to me - lets see if he does.
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  • Lacked sparkle, but nice enough
    SimonbuVIP
    Dined on 20/9/2014
    I can't help but compare The Cinnamon Club to Gymkhana - and it definitely comes second. The food was very good but somehow lacked flair. The restaurant seemed understaffed for a Saturday night and as such, service was patchy, slow and inattentive. At one time, The Cinnamon Club was a trailblazer in modern Indian dining. Now, it's just OK. A good, solid, high end restaurant - but I wouldn't rush back soon (and please fix the men's toilets too).
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  • hoorayandliz
    Dined on 20/9/2014
    The food we ate on Saturday night was outstanding. Starters of chicken and scallops and we shared mains of hake and prawns - absolutely stunning flavours. The lemon tart and cheese, also shared were also sublime. Great service from a waiter who had only been there a week plus others including the somelier. We'll be back!
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  • Indian fine dining
    Girlfoodie
    Dined on 20/9/2014
    Came to London for a weekend and wanted a special lunch. We found it here! We had the "Game On" tasting menu which consisted of venison, partridge and grouse as well as sorbet and a lemon tart dessert. Every course was a work of art and the wine flight matched each beautifully. Staff are lovely and very attentive. Would thoroughly recommend it.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Pork Vindaloo!
    spwallisVIP
    Dined on 19/9/2014
    The Cinnamon Club is a little off the beaten track close to Westminster Abbey and not an area known for its nightlife, so it is worth having a cocktail or two in the very comfortable surrounding of the Cinnamon Club bar beforehand, a most civilized way to start your meal. Make no bones about it the prices they charge for their food and wine at the Cinnamon Club are as high as it gets, but there again so is the quality of what they serve. Our meal was superb, I had the Pork Vindaloo which took no prisoners, spicy hot with a sour back note a great meal, my wife had a prawn main course which she showered with equal high praise. Not cheap but still a great ambassador for Indian Cuisine.
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    business meals, fit for foodies, group bookings, pre/post theatre, romance, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great staff!
    lennart
    Dined on 19/9/2014
    The staff must be commended for dealing very flexibly with part of our party arriving late - professional and friendly all the time, finding a solution that let us enjoy a nice evening (the last bit of it in the very cozy bar). The food was good value for money (we had booked a special deal via OpenTable). Not the best Indian we've had, but absolutely enjoyable.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • jjkk
    Dined on 19/9/2014
    We had the set menu (3 courses and a cocktail) which was great value and the restaurant had a great ambience too. However the food was nice but not amazing. Nothing fab enough to make me want to go back especially with all the other choices available in London.
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  • Indian with a Difference
    Dave
    Dined on 19/9/2014
    Lovely spicy Indian food served much drier than the typical British version of Indian food; a truly enjoyable variation. Located in a former library much of the ambience of a classic library is, fortunately maintained.
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  • Good place, wine expensive
    love2share
    Dined on 18/9/2014
    The food and service was absolutely fantastic. We ordered some house wine which was pretty expensive as compared to food. Overall well done cooked food and nice ambience, well deserved praise.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very enjoyable breakfast
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 18/9/2014
    Had a lovely breakfast at the Cinnamon Club. Great service, very tasty food, good coffee, and lovely atmosphere. Thanks!
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  • Great Food with Minimal Fuss.
    Petemach24
    Dined on 15/9/2014
    Great taste, Quality and flavours to savour, remember and bring you back for more. Portions were perfect. The restaurant was and service staff were struggling to cope. The bar in the basement whilst waiting for the tables as a poor experience.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.