Aviary

4.3
441 reviews
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£41 and over
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British
Top tags:
  • Scenic View
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasions
Located on the 10th floor of the latest Montcalm Royal London House Hotel in Finsbury Square, Aviary offers fantastic views of the City’s skyline.
The restaurant offers a bold British menu for lunch and dinner, with bar food served throughout the day, alongside a refined selection of botanical cocktails, craft ales and lagers and international wines.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
British
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Hours of Operation
Bar
Monday – Friday
6:30am – midnight
Saturday-Sunday
7am – 10.30pm
Serving bar food all day from 12pm – 10.30pm

Kitchen
Monday – Saturday
Breakfast 6:30am – 10:30am
Lunch 12pm – 3.30pm
Dinner 6pm – 11pm

Sunday
Breakfast 7am – 11am
Lunch 12pm – 5pm
Dinner 5.30pm – 10.30pm
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Phone number
020 3873 4060
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Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Smart Casual
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Executive Chef
Dan Loftin
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Parking Details
1. NCP – London Finsbury Square.
2. Union Car Parks – Clere Street.
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Public Transit
Moorgate, Liverpool Street or Old Street are all 5-10 min walk away
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Entertainment
DJ Wednesday - Saturday evenings from 8pm
Live music Saturday and Sunday lunch from 1.30pm
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Outdoor dining , Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine

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Aviary is one of London's best rooftop bars, with a huge terrace and excellent views of the City.

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What 441 People Are Saying
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4.2
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4.3
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87% of people would recommend it to a friend
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SM
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 1service 4ambience 5

Was looking forward to a good day out with my wife, a great show in town then a top meal/drinks/hotel.
Aviary restaurant was great fun staff were brilliant but unfortunately the food was not that great but a great night was had by all.

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DH
1 review
Dined on 4 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Excellent venue, especially the rooftop bar. The food was exceptional.

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AM
London
1 review
Dined on 2 December 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Date didnt work😢 but ambience was nice....steak was toooo damn hard

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J
Cheshire
1 review
Dined on 2 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Staff were very attentive, food was wonderful! Very tasty. Great wine.

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JM
Kent
1 review
Dined on 1 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We absolutely loved the food, service and views from the rooftop, we will be back soon

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JT
1 review
Dined on 26 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant has to be one of the best I have been to one gentlemen that went ubove and beyond , (James) he has to be one of the best servers and is a real credit to the Aviary I brought my girlfriend here while we were in London and he made are night so special would definitely return to the aviary

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 24 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We arrived late for our table due to road works and traffic but they accommodated us I was very grateful for that. The food was delicious and the service was friendly and welcoming. And outstanding views.

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RG
1 review
Dined on 24 November 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

The food was great, we both enjoyed our meals, myself being a vegan and my partner having a normal meat diet. I wasn’t impressed with the service though- there were vacant seats everywhere and the only other people eating where placed to sit right next to us? There was absolutely no privacy-we could hear everything they were saying and when we asked to move we were told a party was booked in half an hour eventhough there was literally no other customers. By the time we were ready to go an hour later it was still only us and the couple sat next to us in the room! I would return again if there were more vegan options and better customer service.

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l
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2018
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 4

Great food, but very poor service. Then added an automatic 12.5% service charge to both food bill and bar bill. This is the 2nd time I've been here. First time was great, this time very disappointing.

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LE
1 review
Dined on 21 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just an all round excellent place. From the moment we entered, the service with fast, the ambience was nice and casual and it felt relaxing whilst enjoying a great meal.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 17 November 2018
Overall 3food 1service 2ambience 5

A beautiful spot for dinner but sadly below average on food quality.

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Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 17 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Top class as ever

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AJ
1 review
Dined on 10 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our experience at the Aviary was wonderful from start to finish. My husband and I are big foodies and wine enthusiasts so having read some of the reviews I was a bit dubious about the restaurant but as we were staying in the hotel and it was pouring cats and dogs and since we already had a dinner reservation we decided to go with it. Everything was perfect from start to finish. Our starters, the champagne, the château neuf du pape we ordered and the châteaubriant was to die for. The staff were all wonderful and very friendly and professional at the same time. I would definitely go back and definitely highly
Recommend it for any food and wine lovers.

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SS
1 review
Dined on 10 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Visited Aviary on a recommendation by a friend for my son’s 21st. Great food and great service!

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 9 November 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

I think the place is nice but poor service and the food doesn’t worth the price

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RC
London
1 review
Dined on 7 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Came to the Aviary for a leaving lunch, the staff were incredibly helpful with food allergies and intolerances. Staff were attentive and very helpful. The food was delicious and the wine was fabulous as well. Would very much recommend going for lunch/dinner here.

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j
London
23 reviews
Dined on 5 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Sevice was excellent and great location with wounderfull views. I had the rabbit terrine and the seabream with squid spaghetti which sounds more interesting than it was and the fish was a little overcooked. The Apple desert was truly wounderfull and highly recommended. I will vist again.

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GR
1 review
Dined on 3 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I went here for my birthday and the service was incredible!
They would always top up our drinks, we were very liked after!
The only negative thing I would say is they gave us water without asking and we were charged for it.

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I
1 review
Dined on 3 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing views and an amazing place.

Please not I put not rating for the food because me and my date did not have any.

We was well looked after even after we was late to our booking. The gentleman at the front was very professional and ensured we was happy during the night.

Definitely will go again.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 3 November 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

The crumble was cold! Very strange combination. Chicken was lovely

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CH
1 review
Dined on 30 October 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely rooftop restaurant. Food was amazing and service was attentive but not intrusive. The wine is pricey though.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 29 October 2018
Overall 5food 2service 4ambience 4

The food was presented very well but tasted bland. My chicken was dry and over cooked. The wine is very expensive too and my glass of wine tasted as though the bottle had been open for days. It’s a shame because the setting is lovely.

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CA
London
3 reviews
Dined on 27 October 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Really delicious food and service was good. Food can quick as well, the view from outside is lovely

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KR
1 review
Dined on 26 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Dessert disappointed and didn’t match the great starters and mains.

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JG
1 review
Dined on 26 October 2018
Overall 3food 1service 5ambience 5

I took a client and was embarrassed with the steak, we were trying to eat and discuss business, but all I could mmm and ahhh as it was like chewing an old boot.

It’s a classic London restaurant where you pay £50 a head just for the view/setting.

Decent for drinks and lovely staff, but I wouldn’t recommend going there expecting greatness with the food.

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P
London
6 reviews
Dined on 25 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food & service

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B
London
1 review
Dined on 25 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Good rooftop drinking and dining experience, with friendly and efficient staff.

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KF
1 review
Dined on 24 October 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

I went to this restaurant on a Wednesday evening with my mom. The view is great and the atmosphere is nice with the bar at rooftop. The quality of the food can be improved and some of the waiters should be better trained .

The staff is surprising. On the one hand you have some some of the waiters with a clear lack of experience and organization: my drink was waiting on the bar for 15min with nobody bringing it, we asked three time to have some french fries... On the other hand, one of the woman managing the restaurant did a great job. She is the one who solved the fries problem and told us they were on the house. She took special care of our table and made the end of the dinner experience much better.

The food was average, unfortunately not what I expected on the rooftop of a 5star hotel. I ordered a whole lemon sole (£32) which was particularly disappointing... It is supposed to be a gourmet fish but here it was badly cooked and I suspect it was frozen and not fresh. Also it came without sides... The meat on the tables around looked nice so next time that's what I'll try. The homemade deserts with homemade ice-creams were delicious.

Finally, I am a red wine lover. The glass of Bordeau in this restaurant is bad and very chaptalized (you can clearly see the sugar in the glass). Then I got a glass of Villaudiere, Pinot Noir which was much better.

Overall, the quality of the fish, the wine selection and efficiency of some of the waiters can be improved to meet the standards of a 5star hotel rooftop restaurant. It is still a great place I would recommend for the atmosphere, spectacular view, bar and price/quality of the food.

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C
London
1 review
Dined on 21 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely venue and great food. Service was brilliant and we will be returning very soon

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 19 October 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Great anniversary dinner with a great view, service was excellent and food quality amazing!

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AD
1 review
Dined on 19 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing girl who’s working in service - she did an amazing and outstanding job!

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S
London
1 review
Dined on 18 October 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

There was 4 of us for a business lunch and a few drinks, the service was excellent, food was great topped off by the last hour on the terrace, smiles all round!

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OT
London
4 reviews
Dined on 17 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We do come regularly to Aviary as it is just around the corner from work. On our last visit, they had just changed the menu and as usual the team guided us through the menu with ease. We followed most of Valerio's recommendations and certainly enjoyed the new dishes, although their steak tartare remains one of my favourites. However, I must say that I was taken away by my colleague's dessert - a gorgeous apple mousse. Compliments to the Chef and to the team for always making our visit a great one! And thumbs up for the 3 French managers that always make a point to come say hello when we dine here.

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LT
1 review
Dined on 16 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Lovely venue, great views, would have liked to spend time drinking cocktails outside in the rooftop terrace - but sadly this was a business lunch. The only negative was the speed of service - and that was only a negative because this was a business lunch and time constrained. Had it been a personal lunch with drinks, then the service would have been fine! I'd definitely like to revisit in my own time.

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BS
London
1 review
Dined on 7 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really good food and service. The rooftop has stunning views of the city! Will definitely go back.

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DA
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

It felt as though they just wanted to shoo the patrons away. It was our first anniversary and I was so so disappointed with this place. They were playing banging deafening blaring techno music in the bar just across us and my partner and I both ended up with a headache. I had major hopes for this place because of the reviews I read in Timeout. Major letdown. Everything was diluted by the generic god-awful music including the flavours of the food. We couldn't wait to get out of there ASAP. My partner consoled me, but I almost cried because I booked the place for our special moment. The restaurant didn't bother looking at my note on the booking mentioning our special night. You could at least acknowledge why we were there even if you could not honour our special request in the booking?

"Coffee/ Dessert, sir/ madam?"

It felt like they were being sarcastic with that question.

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LD
London
9 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing views on the rooftop
Lounge/Bar area is equally amazing and the restaurant is perfect.

Couldn’t fault the place.

Highly recommended.

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

The service here was impeccable from the start and the food matched it throughout. Lovely rooftop views as well.

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E
London
6 reviews
Dined on 2 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Went for lunch for my husbands 40th lovely venture good food think it's probably nicer view in the evening or for sitting on the roof terrace on a sunny day. Will definitely return

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JE
London
1 review
Dined on 30 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just great. Great view and great service and great food

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