Aquavit London

4.5
672 reviews
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£26 to £40
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Nordic
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  • Good for a Date
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Special Occasions
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 – 11.00am
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

During the month of August 2018 we will be closed for breakfast and also Sundays all day long.
will be open for lunch and dinner Monday to Saturday as normal.
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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

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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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What 672 People Are Saying
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London
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was delicious from the bread to the meatballs to the amazing berry crumble with ‘cinnamon bun ice cream’. A creative and beautifully executed take on Swedish cuisine that doesn’t lose the essence of the natural ingredients and authentic flavours of Sweden. I reccomend the meatballs, whole trout and duck very much! The mazarin tart and mentioned crumble are also delicious desserts.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful as always!

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RB
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

There was a good selection of dishes on the pre theatre menu, and the food was lovely (maybe a slight over-reliance on lingonberries!). The wine selections were delicious, and the service was also delightful, with a lovely gesture of ice cream and piped chocolate as a birthday treat! I would definitely return here to try the other items on the smorgasbord.

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RC
London
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb afternoon tea here. Delightful setting, beautiful food. Wonderful atmosphere and lighting, looking forward to going back.

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PR
London
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 4

The service was just poor. People seemed nice but no one came to take our order. They would leave the menu after we asked for one, but they won’t come around to check if we are ready to order. This was the same for the starter, main and desset! We had to call someone each time to order something. Even after we ordered, the service and the food came too slow, we had to ask several times if our order were in the system. We end up waiting for almost 2 hours for our 2 main dishes to arrive! The ambience were great but I think they should train the staff more to look after the customers. As it was a business dinner for us my clients were not happy and I was embarrassed.

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D
London
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Welcoming, friendly and efficient service. The food was delicious and just the right size - I had the brunch menu. I like the decor a lot of the room and the Scandinavian style in general.

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A
London
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

The experience was fine, but not great. The service was good, the atmosphere was good, and the smorgasbord was very good, and the dessert was nice. Unfortunately the mains were both slightly overcooked, and for £35 this isn't really good enough

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A
London
5 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazingly high quality food. Will recommend.

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KS
London
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Staffs were charming and knew how to treat customers in every aspect.

In terms of food, the cooking skill and plating reach a certain standard, but I found some repetition in a starter and a main dish, same sauce and same ingredients were using. Customers will be happier when they have a new dish which gives a new dimension previously unmet.

By the way, I'm giving four stars, because staffs and atmosphere were so nice and the shortcoming was understandable when I recall how much I paid.

Aquavit London is very cost effective. This is almost blessing especially in London, where you hardly expect higher value in moderate expense.

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LW
London
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A fabulous lunch with gorgeous food and lovely staff in a beautiful location. What more can you wish for!

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s
London
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The meatballs were delicious, service was great, even the bread was superb!

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London
1 review
Dined on 11 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Aboslutely brilliant concept, finally proper nordic aquavits and aquavit drinks in London. Great wines and food, warmely recommended!

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b
London
43 reviews
Dined on 9 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Our first visit to what looks a very expensive restaurant. Gold coloured and light wood panelling in an airy room. Thankfully there was a reasonably priced pre-theatre menu. We shared the liver pate, blood pudding and herring - all were excellent. Mains were Swedish Meatballs and Kroppkakor - a filled potato dumpling - again both were very enjoyable. The wine list includes some frighteningly priced options - but we had a fairly priced Argentinian Malbec. Service was both efficient and friendly. Overall we were impressed and will be back.

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j
London
2 reviews
Dined on 8 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent martinis. Excellent ambience with enough noise to feel part of something but quiet enough to have a conversation. Modern and open and light.
Superb smorgesbord . Another time I may just have more of these delicious starters.
Main course was OK ( lam ) if a bit pricy. My friend liked her meat balls.
Service was attentive but not over attentive and very friendly.
Loved it really and will go back.

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OT
London
9 reviews
Dined on 6 October 2018
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 4

Sincerely was expecting little bit more of this place.... food was great, I can’t say the same thing about service.. they should work little more on it...

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CP
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved our mixed brunch selection but best was the Aquavit trolley. We have a new favourite drink!

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KB
London
5 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Excellent meal - will definitely return to try their brunch menu.

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EF
London
1 review
Dined on 4 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Scandinavian food had outside of Nothern Europe. Clever menu with options to share and try different things, great drinks pairing suggestions. Beautiful interior and laid back atmosphere. One of my favourite restaurants in London.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 4 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such an energising meal and crowd - thank you!

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LN
London
1 review
Dined on 29 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, lovely staff, fantastic place. Thank you for giving us a special and memorable meal.

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GB
London
6 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful room and charming staff. Great atmosphere and superb food. The schnapps trolley is worth a visit!

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K
London
4 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Had a lovely anniversary dinner at Acquavit; the ambience is superb and the staff were great. The only things I would flag are that there was fish in unexpectedly places (the spread for the bread and some of the vegetable sides) which was not explained even though I had identified as vegetarian; we were sat next to an external door that doesn't close completely so had a chilly breeze; and the music kept louder through the evening until even to speak to the staff required talking louder then really necessary on a dinner night out. We were baffled by that - it is clearly a place for talking in company, a task made increasingly difficult by the ascending music! Very happy we had the chance to go though, it's a beautiful restaurant in a beautiful part of town and the rugs on the wall are glorious.

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RM
London
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

Second visit after a first underwhelming experience and it was better. Service was very good and food was good. The lunch set menu is good but not outstanding. Decor is nice and convenient location.

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CH
London
1 review
Dined on 26 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious and different food, made a change to the usual menu options

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DO
London
2 reviews
Dined on 24 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice welcome, great cocktails, superb menu & wine list, magnificent food and wonderful service at table (although we did have to carry our own half finished cocktails & water from the bar to the table but maybe I am being "picky" here). I have found a new favourite restaurant in London.

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JM
London
1 review
Dined on 23 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

The food was excellent. The interior classy with nice lightning.
The Staf vas very nice and atendent.
I’m a bit confused about the choise of music. It disn’t really fit in with the atmosphere in the restaurant.
Over all a very positive and nice experiance.

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LF
London
7 reviews
Dined on 22 September 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Unfortunately Aquavit London will not be getting its two Michelin stars as its counterpart in New York.. the flavours were strange, the dishes were not very presentable, and the only plus was the stylish decor of the bar. My friend and I were disappointed and we won’t be coming back.

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Austin
10 reviews
Dined on 21 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Having experienced the NYC Aquavit prix fixe with pairings, which was exceptional, I was intrigued to find that London had a lower-key Aquavit. Well, it hit on all cylinders like NYC. Delicious food. Great service. Deep yet reasonably priced wine list. So glad we got to enjoy such a wonderful restaurant. I'd recommend it for any occasion, as it is both casual yet elegant. Fantastic!

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PW
London
40 reviews
Dined on 21 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place - one of my favourite restaurants in london. great food in stunning surrounds.

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O
London
14 reviews
Dined on 17 September 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Had breakfast at 8am on a Monday morning, very quiet and nice place. T

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j
New York Area
70 reviews
Dined on 16 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious Nordic food in an airy mid century dining room. Cocktails are very good and use unusual Nordic ingredients like ligonberries and sea buckthorn. Highly recommend the tartare and the Arctic bird’s nest dessert!

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BC
Surrey
8 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

A lovely meal in one of my favourite London restaurants!

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AK
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

We booked Aquavit for my husband’s birthday dinner after reading some promising reviews. Unfortunately, I have to say that the experience wasn’t a pleasant one as the service was very poor.
We ordered cocktails and food soon after we arrived at the restaurant and the starters came relatively quickly (and were delicious). After that the empty plates just sat on our table for half an hour with staff just walking past. We asked for bread numerous times and only received it after 40 minutes (it should have arrived with the starters). We had a show booked for an hour and a half after we arrived to the restaurant and despite alerting our waitress multiple times that we were in a hurry, we never received our main course as it took more than an hour for it to be prepared and we had to leave (the restaurant wasn’t full!). Also, we had to almost beg to get the bill (asked for it 4 times). All in all it was a disappointing experience, especially as it was meant to be a special dinner.

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AC
London
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Amazing place, gave 4 star only because both times we had to wait a while for the bill- they were obviously prioritising new orders. Other than that, excellent place!

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G
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on 11 September 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

The Arctic nest dessert was one of the best we’ve ever had. Entrees and sides were delicious as well.

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Charlotte
8 reviews
Dined on 10 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have now been here 5 or 6 times and have loved it every time. Outstanding food, great ambience, nice service.

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AT
1 review
Dined on 9 September 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Food was OK but that's the very minimum expected of a one-starred establishment. I have to say most other one-starred restaurants in London are better than Aquavit, including the other one-starred Scandinavian restaurant just off Portland Square. The restaurant also employed a questionable marketing tactic - I booked a pre-theatre offer through Opentable which is valid for the timeslot I chose (18:30). I arrived at 18:30 and the waitress came over with the menus 10 minutes later. When I questioned the waitress about the pre-theatre menu offer I booked for, she gave the reason that the menu was only available up until 18:30. Well, if you cannot honour what you offered on Opentable when your customer arrived at the stated timeslot, you shouldn't have marketed that on Opentable. Unlikely to come back again.

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A
London
3 reviews
Dined on 5 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Did not know what to expect as not a Swedish foodie of note......however I found a wonderful room, wonderful energetic atmosphere, packed house and had some of the best oysters I have ever had in my whole life!!! Main course was stunning, a posh Ikea for me.....meatballs, pickles and mash. Wine was superb...go and discover it for yourselves as it wont let you down

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food and service were outstanding - as had been my experience every time I have dined at Aquavit. My only quibble on this occasion was that the music was far too loud. I don’t remember being bothered by that on other visits, so perhaps it was a function of the particular playlist used.

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G
London
44 reviews
Dined on 2 September 2018
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 3

Maybe avoid Sunday evenings- they has run out of oysters, crab and Tanquery gin! Food is interesting but very small portion sizes. Very pricey wine over £60 for a basic white Bourgogne. Ended up being a disjointed over priced meal. We wouldn’t go back.

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