Aquavit London

4.5
563 reviews
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£26 to £40
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Nordic
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  • Special Occasions
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
Welcome to Aquavit London, a new Nordic morning-to-midnight dining experience inspired by the highly acclaimed two Michelin star sister restaurant in New York but with a more informal setting.
Dishes at Aquavit London honour fresh, seasonal ingredients and deliver a contemporary take on authentic Nordic cuisine, with menus developed by Henrik Ritzén, Executive Chef of Aquavit London, and Emma Bengtsson, Executive Chef of Aquavit New York.

Overseen by the design studio of Swedish-born Martin Brudnizki (The Ivy, Scott’s and Sexy Fish), Aquavit London has been inspired by Gunnar Asplund’s design of Gothenburg City Hall in Sweden, and the restaurant showcases celebrated Nordic designers in a laid-back yet sophisticated environment.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Nordic, Contemporary European, International
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Hours of Operation

Monday - Friday
Breakfast
7.30am – 11.30am
Lunch
12:00noon – 3pm
All Day Menu
3pm-5.30pm
Dinner
5.30pm – 23:00pm

Weekends Brunch
11am – 3.30pm
All Day Menu
3.30pm-5.30pm
Saturday Dinner
5.30pm - 23:00pm
Sunday Dinner
5.30pm - 10.30pm

Bank holidays brunch
12noon - 3.30
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Phone number
020 7024 9848
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Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Pay with OpenTable, Visa
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Dress Code
Smart Casual
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Executive Chef
Henrik Ritzén
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Public Transit
The nearest tube station is Picadilly Circus. Leave by Exit 3 (St.James/ Regents Street South). Walk down towards Waterloo Place and turn left onto Carlton Street . Aquavit London will be on your left side.
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Entertainment
Brunch with Beats- Weekend brunch DJ - Saturdays weekly
Bank holiday brunch from 12noon - 3.30pm
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Special Events & Promotions
FOR ONE NIGHT ONLY!!!

On March 13th, Londoners will be treated to a Michelin-starred feast, created by two powerhouses of Nordic cuisine. Aquavit’s Executive Chef Henrik Ritzén will be joined by Magnus Ek, the formidable head chef of Stockholm staple, Oaxen Krog, who will journey to London collaborate on a special menu inspired by their Swedish heritage.

https://www.designmynight.com/london/restaurants/central-london/aquavit/aquavit-and-stockholms-oaxen-krog-present-the-ultimate-nordic-feast-for-one-night-only?t=tickets


Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, High Tea, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining , Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

Aquavit London is a new contemporary all day dining experience, a restaurant that showcases the very best of Nordic cuisine and design.

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Special Offers

Pre-theatre menu Two Courses £22 or Three £25

Nordic 2 or 3 course set meal. Please notify of any allergies or dietary requirements.

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 8 diners. Includes VAT, excludes service.

Valid For: 1 - 8 people

Starts: 6 June 2018

Ends: 27 September 2018

Availability: Daily 17:30-18:30 21:30-22:30

Aquavit Afternoons: £20

Late afternoon dining for those pre or post shopping trips! Enjoy a choice from the signature dishes to fuel or refuel!

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 6 diners. Includes Tax, excludes service.

Valid For: 1 - 6 people

Starts: 27 March 2018

Ends: 27 September 2018

Availability: Daily 14:00-17:00

What 563 People Are Saying
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5.0Dined 2 days ago

This is a centrally located restaurant. The ambiance is lovely, modern The Scandinavian food is delicious.
Servers were knowledgeable. I’d go there’s any time again!

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4.0Dined 3 days ago

Thoroughly enjoyed trying all the different brands of aquavit

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5.0Dined on 15 June 2018

Took at good friend from Japan there for dinner, to show him something a bit unusual after he'd taken our family to an amazing dinner in Tokyo. Great food and interior design. Amazingly varied range of aquavit to pair with the appetizers. The meal was pleasingly long, with a range of courses, and the staff friendly. Really happy with the evening.

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5.0Dined on 15 June 2018

A wonderfully fresh feeling evening. Great cocktails and food in a relaxed, modern environment. I particularly liked the slightly different ingredients in the food such as liquorice and lingonberries..

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5.0Dined on 15 June 2018

Amazing food and amazing staff, had such a good meal :)

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5.0Dined on 13 June 2018

We had a most enjoyable business lunch. The dished were refreshing, delicious and comforting. The ambiance and decor sharp yet relaxed. Consistently high quality from start to finish. The Arctic Bird's Nest is one of the best puddings I have had in years!

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5.0Dined on 11 June 2018

a very beautifully decorated restaurant with good Scandinavian food and good service.the fact that the restaurant is spacious and one can have a conversation and it is not noisy is a real plus.

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5.0Dined on 10 June 2018

fantastic food at incredibly reasonable prices! lovely chilled out ambiance with clean fresh ingrediants

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5.0Dined on 10 June 2018

Always good. We had dinner on a Sunday at 6pm. The food is all fabulous! Service superb. Kate was funny and charming, a lovely evening.

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4.0Dined on 8 June 2018

Had the pre theatre menu £22 for two courses, OK but not special, nice restaurant but noisy from outside music venue

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5.0Dined on 8 June 2018

This was my second visit to Aquavit. This time I booked for myself and 2 friends - we wanted a pre-theatre venue (near the Haymarket theatre) and Aquavit also offers light bites and a menu suitable for non-meat eaters who love fish. I am not overly familiar with Nordic food so this was a delight again the second time around. We picked two each from the smorgasbord menu and spent as much time talking about it as eating it. A wonderful combination of flavours that tickle your taste buds. Note they serve the best gluten-free bread I've ever had - it's in keeping with traditional dark bread. Notable wine list although a bottle starts at £28 and the list quickly and dramatically increases in price.

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5.0Dined on 8 June 2018

My daughter and I enjoyed yet another scrumptious breakfast at Aquavit on Friday. Courteous staff who were very helpful as ever. We shall be back.

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4.0Dined on 5 June 2018

Had a nice date night, food lovely but service could’ve been better for the amount we paid. Bring deep pockets though!

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5.0Dined on 2 June 2018

Yes. This place is pricey, but the food and the service are unbelievably good. We were seated next to the door, which wasn't ideal, but we didn't ask them to move so can't really complain, and it was a very warm night so not such an issue.
My advice is; Try things you have never heard of, sound a bit gross, or have always wanted to try because you will not be disappointed. Every mouthful here was a pleasure. The serving staff were amazing, and managed to make a whole bottle of wine last an entire night between three - never pushed us to buy a second, and they really knew the menu inside and out.
Beautiful place, I took my Mother because I know she loves Nordic things, it was a special treat and we certainly couldn't afford to go there often, but it was the perfect one off. We would love to return one day when we have the cash, because it is really worth every penny.
Thank you to the chefs and staff for a beautiful and memorable evening.

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5.0Dined on 1 June 2018

I love this restaurant so much. I’ve been addicted for Nordic food after knowing the Aquavit. So addicted I’ve started visit all Nordic countries after it. Very good!

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5.0Dined on 26 May 2018

There is only one way to describe Aquavit and that is pure class. All the staff showed pride in their work, food was superb and the atmosphere was spot on. Even if you’re not a fan you should try the Aquavit (Scandinavian digestive). Overall well worth the visit and we will be returning and recommending.

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4.0Dined on 25 May 2018

Excellent food, stylish design and fabulous service!

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5.0Dined on 25 May 2018

Lovely food, great ambiance and loved the interior design.

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4.0Dined on 24 May 2018

Fantastic food and ambience. Service was a bit slow.

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5.0Dined on 23 May 2018

It was wonderful, amazing amazing food. Top quality fresh ingredients!! Beautiful

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5.0Dined on 22 May 2018

Outstanding food and great service. Good wine list. Good ambiance

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4.0Dined on 20 May 2018

The food is amazing - if you're in to the Scandinavian cuisine - the staff is cheerful, the interiour of the restaurant very Scandi chic. But my booking experience was horrendous. I booked for Saturday, got a confirmation for Sunday. Went back on line to amend - it came back as Sunday again. I rang and the man on the line assured me we were welcome on Saturday. When we arrived - on Saturday - there was no reservation in my name. But they did have me down for Sunday! Luckily there was a table available and we had a nice evening. The next day I get an e-mail from Open Table telling me I should honour my reservations and they were sorry I had made a no-show for my reservation on Sunday. I did get an apology afterwards, when I explained the whole situation, but it added a lot of stress to an otherwise lovely evening.

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5.0Dined on 19 May 2018

Absolutely incredible. Dined here several times and gets better each time! Worth the journey to London

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5.0Dined on 19 May 2018

On the expensive side, but I definitively recommend the Aquavit London!!

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5.0Dined on 19 May 2018

Very nice. Like the decor a lot, and it felt very comfortable. The food was good. My löjroms toast was very small. My husband loved his halibut. We went before the theatre witch was just across the street. Nice evening

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5.0Dined on 19 May 2018

the ambience is superb, the décor really great although not as one would expect in a Scandinavian restaurant, but the food was simply magnificent and the service very attentive, a lovely waitress looked after us, sorry i don't remember her name! I will definitely be back.

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4.0Dined on 17 May 2018

Just love this restaurant, the venue and food are excellent and the staff are friendly. The only reason a star was knocked off, was because it was very busy with very few waiting staff. The lady looking after us explained that several staff had called in sick, which happens. If I could've knocked off 1/2 a star instead, I would've.

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4.0Dined on 12 May 2018

Food was very good. Service was a bit slow at the end of the evening. Overall recommend

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5.0Dined on 12 May 2018

My parents said it was the best meal they have ever had!!!!

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4.0Dined on 11 May 2018

Decent venue, very nice food, but very slow and inattentive service unfortunately - a shame otherwise would have been a lovely lunch in very light and airy surroundings

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5.0Dined on 10 May 2018

I LOVE this place! Second time there, and I'm sure I'll keep coming whenever I go to London. Last time was lunch, now we had the afternoon tea. Everything was fresh, well prepared and delicious. I can't even pretend to remember the scandi names of all the dishes, but there were open sandwiches with hering, salmon and shrimp, and Scandinavian cakes. Great marzipan tea (my fave) and rhubarb & vanilla tea (hubby's tea) The restaurant itself is beautiful and the dishes are so pretty!
The service was great, we had a lovely waitress who took care of us very well.
By the end we were so full we could barely walk.
Can't recommend this gem enough.

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5.0Dined on 5 May 2018

Great food, great service, lovely location and interior. Would definitely go again.

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4.0Dined on 5 May 2018

A beautiful restaurant with a bit odd menu , although I´m swedish. Everything is well cooked, however there was no potato served with the monkfish and I was recommended to have cabbage to go with it. The music was too loud and noisy for my taste.

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5.0Dined on 4 May 2018

We came in for a quick dinner before our theatre night. The hosts welcomed us with a great smile and in a warm manner.
The menu presents the food in a creative and mysterious way, but everything was well explained by our waiter, who had a good knowledge of the food and the ingredients.
I decided to go for the a la carte menu and my friend for the pre-theatre menu.
When our food came, we were very impressed by the plating, which made the food even more delicate, adding to the wonderful taste experience. Our only regret was that we ran out of time and had to abandon the idea of a fine desert.
I would definitely recommend this place for a lovely date or a special evening.
We will for sure be back very soon.

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4.0Dined on 2 May 2018

Wonderful and unusual food and combination of flavours. Set menu amazing value .

Great service for our post-theatre dinner.The restaurant was quiet then - arrived at 10.30pm on a Wednesday night but very relaxed, welcoming and friendly atmosphere. They wrote happy birthday and had candle on my husband's dessert no prompting. Lovely. Even at midnight they did not rush us to finish up.

Highly recommend.
It was a treat .
Will be back.

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1.0Dined on 2 May 2018

This was the biggest disappointment of our entire vacation. We planned to have a big dinner with wonderful wines and food. Instead we got the worst, inattentive service imaginable. From not being able to remember that we ordered champagne before demanding our order to having to ask multiple people for anything we needed, we felt wholly ignored (and we weren’t the only tables desperately trying to get service). The food was good but overall, making this reservation is my largest regret of my vacation. We had many other dinners, Michelin and not, for a quarter of what we spent here that blew this experience out of the water.

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4.0Dined on 1 May 2018

Caught up with some dear friends and had a great evening

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4.0Dined on 30 April 2018

Service etc very good, but why no vegetarian dish on the set lunch menu.

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5.0Dined on 29 April 2018

We chose Aquavit for a get together with a friend visiting London and food was delicious, waitress was quirky and attentive and toilets were also very clean and stylish. We thoroughly enjoyed our food for me especially warm chocolate cake with licorice ice cream was a stand out. I only wish it was more affordable to be able to visit it more often.

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4.0Dined on 27 April 2018

great food, great restaurant. Shame that the waiter let the restaurant down this evening. Will go back though as the food is great

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