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Aquavit London

4.5
394 reviews
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£26 to £40
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Nordic
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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. Aquavit London is now offering a unique Nordic Afternoon tea as well as a pre-theatre menu.
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.
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
11:30am – 3pm
All Day Menu/Nordic Afternoon Tea
3pm-5.30pm
Dinner
5.30pm – 22:30pm

Weekends and Bank holidays
Brunch
11am – 3.30pm
All Day Menu/Nordic Afternoon Tea
3.30pm-5.30pm
Saturday Dinner
5.30pm - 11pm
Sunday Dinner
5.30pm - 10.30pm
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Phone number
020 7024 9848
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Special Offers

Pre and post theatre 2/3 courses £22/£25

From a set menu.

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 10 diners. Includes VAT, excludes service.

Valid For: 1 - 10 people

Starts: 1 January 2018

Ends: 8 February 2018

Availability: Sun-Fri 17:30-18:30 21:30-22:30
Sat 17:30-18:30 21:30-23:00

Bottomless weekend brunch: Unlimited wine/bubbles £15/£20

Unlimited bubbles for £20 or house red/white for £15 Available only for the duration of 2 hours seating time per booking (2 and a half hour for tables of 5 and 6).

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

Valid For: 1 - 6 people

Starts: 1 January 2018

Ends: 8 February 2018

Availability: Sun 11:00-16:00
Sat 11:00-16:00

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: 1 January 2018

Ends: 8 February 2018

Availability: Daily 17:30-18:30

1,000-Point Tables

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Sun - Wed 12:00PM - 10:30PM
Thu - Sat 12:00PM - 6:45PM 9:00PM - 10:30PM

What 394 People Are Saying
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zannes213 
2.0
Dined 4 days ago

Disappointing. I have been to aquavit in nyc and was very excited for this opening. Service was slow, the sommelier description and enthusiasm seemed to be lacking. Found two hairs in my food and the replacement arrived too late that I didn't want to eat solo. The manager was very apologetic and took the dish off our bill but very disappointing especially as it was a birthday dinner.

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OpenTable Diner 
5.0
Dined 5 days ago

I'd left organising a dinner for my wife's birthday a little late and the usual places we wanted to go to were fully booked. We ended up booking at Aquavit and I was very happy I did! The food was delicious and I would definitely recommend the aquavit pairing with any of the entrees. The venison was incredible too.

We will definitely be back.

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jp1016 (London)
4.0
Dined 5 days ago

Post theatre visit - we had signed up for the set menu (£22 for 2 courses/£25 for 3) but the selection on there was (understandably) limited and so ended up going for the a la carte menu.
The food was very good - I had the fillet beef (beef Rydberg) and my partner had the venison - both of which were excellently cooked and delicious.
The wine list is v extensive and with some perfectly reasonably priced bottles - though not many.
The only slightly disappointing aspect of the meal was the cheese dessert, at £12 for three small and not especially exciting pieces of cheese was not of the same value as the rest of the meal.
The service was excellent and friendly throughout - very attentive but not over bearing.

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vipJHLondon (London)
5.0
Dined 5 days ago

I went to Aquavit on a Saturday afternoon to celebrate a friend's birthday. I chose it because the food was different from what we often eat and also they have a lot of fish dishes which we both love. However, I'm not a great fan of herring but love the herring starter dishes we both had. The food was a talking point - it was delightful to look at and delicious to eat incorporating flavours that I was less accustomed to. The gluten free bread was in keeping with the Scandinavian cuisine and was made out of a dark grain with a subtle taste of caraway. I wish I'd taken photos. The monkfish I had for the main course was perfectly cooked - "perfect" is a word I don't use often. We just had to see how the desserts looked - I chose a take on panna cotta was both attractive and delicious. Wine is on the expensive side but we chose a reasonably priced Riesling which was lovely. Great service and ambience tucked away from the hustle and bustle of Piccadilly.

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vipJules (London)
5.0
Dined 6 days ago

Just awesome! Friendly, professional service, delicious perfectly cooked (mainly Swedish) food, great atmosphere with high sealing and warm lighting and light wood. Love it and will definitely be back! Highly recommend the Shrimp Skagen and of course the meatballs...!

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JoMo (London)
4.0
Dined 6 days ago

Pre-Theatre Dinner - we had the three course menu which was well priced. Service was sufficiently fast that we had three courses within the hour and able to take a short stroll to the Harold Pinter Theatre. The food is sufficiently different to make the meal memorable.
Definitely recommend.

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OpenTable Diner (London)
5.0
Dined 6 days ago

Really good value, and great atmosphere and decor, I recommend strongly !

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Sophie (London)
5.0
Dined on 9 January 2018

Beautiful food, great service and ambience ! Will be back

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OpenTable Diner (London)
5.0
Dined on 6 January 2018

Becoming one of our favourite restaurants

Smorgasbord is great - particularly with a group of friends .

Great food - brilliant design

Good service

Not overpriced

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Insearchofgoodcocktails 
3.0
Dined on 6 January 2018

Food was excellent, cocktails were awful.
Aquavit in NYC has amazing cocktails but sadly the cocktails here were far from good. Service was ok. The ambience made it feel like it would be the perfect place for a business lunch, not a formal evening dinner.

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Hours, Transportation, and Details

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
11:30am – 3pm
All Day Menu/Nordic Afternoon Tea
3pm-5.30pm
Dinner
5.30pm – 22:30pm

Weekends and Bank holidays
Brunch
11am – 3.30pm
All Day Menu/Nordic Afternoon Tea
3.30pm-5.30pm
Saturday Dinner
5.30pm - 11pm
Sunday Dinner
5.30pm - 10.30pm
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Dress Code
Smart Casual
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Price range
£26 to £40
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Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Pay with OpenTable, Visa
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Phone number
020 7024 9848
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Entertainment
Brunch with Beats- Weekend brunch DJ - Saturdays during December, excluding 23rd
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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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Executive Chef
Henrik Ritzén
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
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Special Events & Promotions
Aquavit London will be hosting a traditional outdoor Kräftpremiär (crayfish party) on September 7th.

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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