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The 40 Elephants

4.8
4.8
33 Reviews
£26 to £40
Cocktail Bar

The hub of the Great Scotland Yard Hotel, serving everything from amazing barista-served coffee to specialised signature cocktails, local craft beers and ciders. The food offering incorporates all that is good about London; its cultural diversity and fusion of cuisines. Essentially it’s a place to roll up your sleeves and get social.

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Booked 6 times today
  • Area

    Westminster

  • Public Transit

    Embankment and Charing Cross Stations

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Protective equipment

    • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

Menu

Light Bites & Snacks

  • Sourdough Bread with Romesco Sauce£5.00

    • Hummus, Smoked Paprika, Flatbread£7.00

      • Steak and Ale Croquettes, English Mustard Dip£8.00

        • Chorizo and Coppa, Pickles£10.00

          • Burrata and Artichoke, Hazelnut Cream and Chicory£13.00

            • Salmon Rillette, Avruga Caviar, Baby Gem£16.00

              Mains

              • GSY Beef Burger, Bacon, Mature Cheddar, House Dressing and Fries£19.00

                • The GSY Club Sandwich£15.00

                  • Fish & Chips, Tartar Sauce and Mushy Peas£20.00

                    • Tagliatelle, Sicilian Tomato Sauce, Capers, Parmesan, Basil£13.00

                      • Pork Presa, Chard and Chilli Butter£26.00

                        Sides

                        • Triple Cooked Chips£6.00

                          • Baby Gem Salad and Lime Dressing£6.00

                            • Broccoli, Almonds and Baked Feta£8.00

                              Dessert

                              • Black Forest Ice Cream Sandwich£6.00

                                • 3 British Cheese, Homemade Chutney and Crackers£12.00

                                  Last updated: 21 October 2021

                                  What 33 people are saying

                                  Overall ratings and reviews

                                  Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

                                  4.8
                                  4.8 based on recent ratings
                                  • 4.6Food
                                  • 4.9Service
                                  • 4.8Ambience
                                  • 4.3Value

                                  NoiseModerate

                                  Loved For

                                  • West End London

                                    Handcrafted Cocktails

                                  • West End London

                                    Late Night Find

                                  • West End London

                                    Vibrant Bar Scene

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                                  1. MC

                                    MaxineC

                                    1 review

                                    5.0

                                    1 review

                                    Dined 1 day ago

                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                    Informative magical amazing definitely a place to have a glass of something good and take in the history around you

                                  2. OT

                                    OpenTable Diner

                                    1 review

                                    1.0

                                    1 review

                                    Dined on 26 November 2021

                                    overall1food2service1ambience4

                                    Disappointing service and awful juice. Also says freshly squeezed but from a bottle apparently...

                                  3. AB

                                    AnnieB

                                    London

                                    1 review

                                    5.0

                                    1 review

                                    Dined on 20 November 2021

                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                    The 40 Elephants delivers - dropped in after matinée for cocktails and a bite to eat, 5.30ish so not overly busy but still a nice buzz. Ambience and decor elegant but not stuffy. Staff efficient and friendly, food simple and delicious, cocktails well made. Would highly recommend. Added a big tick to our girly weekend away. Thank you - Annie/Helen/Kate/Lou

                                  4. DC

                                    DimChoo

                                    Berkshire

                                    1 review

                                    5.0

                                    1 review

                                    Dined on 19 November 2021

                                    overall5food1service5ambience5

                                    We were there just for drinks - Alex was amazing !

                                  5. CK

                                    CathrynK

                                    London

                                    6 reviews

                                    4.0

                                    6 reviews

                                    Dined on 18 November 2021

                                    overall4food3service4ambience4

                                    Only had drinks, cocktails and champagne no food. Nice staff and enjoyed the drinks but limited selection of cocktails, quite expensive and slow service even though it was not busy.

                                  6. m

                                    martini

                                    Chicago

                                    7 reviews

                                    5.0

                                    7 reviews

                                    Dined on 6 November 2021

                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                    We had lunch and cocktails when staying at the hotel. Beautiful bar. Great, friendly service from Francesco. He made us some delicious cocktails. Thank you to all for a wonderful stay.

                                  7. JG

                                    JamGirl

                                    London

                                    4 reviews

                                    5.0

                                    4 reviews

                                    Dined on 31 October 2021

                                    overall5food4service5ambience5

                                    Really enjoyed a relaxing Sunday evening at The Forty Elephants. Great decor and good bar snacks but the star of the show were the amazing cocktails and even more amazing service. The bar staff went the extra mile to ensure we had the drinks we liked and we couldn't have asked for better service!

                                  8. WW

                                    WilliamW

                                    London

                                    2 reviews

                                    5.0

                                    2 reviews

                                    Dined on 29 October 2021

                                    overall5food4service4ambience4

                                    Great menu, good service, however when it got busier service was slow. Great decor and ambiance, good value.

                                  9. LC

                                    LorraineC

                                    1 review

                                    5.0

                                    1 review

                                    Dined on 10 September 2021

                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                    Wonderful bar with knowledgable staff and polite but welcoming. Extensive cocktail list but just came in for a glass of fizz to celebrate before a dining booking elsewhere. Hotel beautifully clean and full of memorabilia. Will be back for next birthday occasion!

                                  10. GK

                                    GurveerK

                                    London

                                    1 review

                                    5.0

                                    1 review

                                    Dined on 28 August 2021

                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                    Very special, very intimate, beautiful setting. Highly recommended.

                                  11. B

                                    Brenda

                                    London

                                    10 reviews

                                    3.0

                                    10 reviews

                                    Dined on 20 August 2021

                                    overall3food5service5ambience5

                                    It cost £100 for fish and chips, one burger, two drinks (one alcohol free), ice cream for dessert and two cafe latte. Service was excellent and the place is so interesting and quirky.

                                  12. PE

                                    PaulE

                                    London

                                    1 review

                                    5.0

                                    1 review

                                    Dined on 7 August 2021

                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                    We had a couple of cocktails each before heading out for dinner. The menu, drinks and service were all excellent. Nice ambience and such a lovely cocktail bar.

                                  13. LB

                                    LBMc

                                    London

                                    55 reviews

                                    4.0

                                    55 reviews

                                    Dined on 31 July 2021

                                    overall4food4service5ambience4

                                    Booked a table to catch up with a friend. Staff were welcoming and suggested a cocktail.. huge cocktail menu which they are clearly proud of. Gin cocktail delicious and burger very tasty. Staff attentive but also discreet to allow conversation and privacy. Beautiful venue.

                                  14. OT

                                    OpenTable Diner

                                    London

                                    7 reviews

                                    vip
                                    5.0

                                    7 reviews

                                    Dined on 29 July 2021

                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                    The mixology team are so good and the team are all wonderful. The decor always makes me smile

                                  15. GA

                                    GulenA

                                    London

                                    2 reviews

                                    5.0

                                    2 reviews

                                    Dined on 19 July 2021

                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                    Nice place hidden away in London , worth a visit , if in town

                                  16. N

                                    Nandino

                                    London

                                    21 reviews

                                    vip
                                    5.0

                                    21 reviews

                                    Dined on 16 July 2021

                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                    Great place for drinks! Beautiful bar, excellent service and an amazing vibe to the place. Looking forward to a return visit. One of the best old fashioneds I have enjoyed in London.

                                  17. DR

                                    DanR

                                    Kent

                                    1 review

                                    5.0

                                    1 review

                                    Dined on 16 July 2021

                                    overall5food5service5ambience4

                                    We had a very pleasant time here, we needed a bar for a few drinks post our dinner. Drinks were good with the bartender keen to make us aware we could order anything off menu too. Atmosphere was perfect for talking amongst our group. The staff were very friendly and keen to talk about the fascinating history of the building. We will be back. We didn’t eat but Open Table won’t let me leave this field blank!

                                  18. AH

                                    AHJ78

                                    Amsterdam

                                    1 review

                                    5.0

                                    1 review

                                    Dined on 14 July 2021

                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                    Can’t comment on food because we didn’t eat. It looked good though! Good cocktails. Great, friendly service.

                                  19. f

                                    foodie

                                    London

                                    19 reviews

                                    5.0

                                    19 reviews

                                    Dined on 12 July 2021

                                    overall5food4service5ambience5

                                    We celebrated our friends 70th birthday’s over lunch at the 40 Elephants. From the moment we arrived , the service was superb ! The history of the building was explained wonderfully by the manager . We had an amazing gentleman serving us cocktails fir whom nothing was too much …. He imparted just knowledge and made suggestions as to the best pairings . The ambience was perfect . The food was lovely . Best of all , the birthday was marked by the presentation of two exquisite cakes with candles and a glass of champagne each which I had not had to ask for…. how commendable is that !! Our guests were speechless as were we …!! So thank you 40 Elephants for making our celebration truly memorable!

                                  20. RW

                                    RachelW

                                    1 review

                                    5.0

                                    1 review

                                    Dined on 26 June 2021

                                    overall5food4service5ambience5

                                    Lovely bar in a great hotel, cocktails v nice with attentive friendly staff would highly recommend

                                  21. OT

                                    OpenTable Diner

                                    London

                                    2 reviews

                                    5.0

                                    2 reviews

                                    Dined on 25 June 2021

                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                    Servo was excellent. 5 star

                                  22. OT

                                    OpenTable Diner

                                    1 review

                                    5.0

                                    1 review

                                    Dined on 12 June 2021

                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                    The service was first class, the atmosphere was great and the drinks were the best I’ve had . Attention to detail , and attention to every single person sat in the car

                                  23. DJ

                                    DanielJ

                                    London

                                    1 review

                                    5.0

                                    1 review

                                    Dined on 5 June 2021

                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                    Absolutely fantastic service and great assistance picking the drinks we would like. Great end to a date night with my partner.

                                  24. PS

                                    PhoebeS

                                    London

                                    1 review

                                    5.0

                                    1 review

                                    Dined on 5 June 2021

                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                    Really lovely venue for a first date. Not too packed so perfect for people that are still conscious about the current climate

                                  25. C

                                    Curtis

                                    London

                                    1 review

                                    5.0

                                    1 review

                                    Dined on 3 June 2021

                                    overall5food4service5ambience5

                                    A wonderfully gentle atmosphere, tucked into a beautiful alcove of London. Recommend for a fantastic night of intimate drinks and food.

                                  26. MD

                                    MattD

                                    1 review

                                    5.0

                                    1 review

                                    Dined on 3 June 2021

                                    overall5food4service5ambience5

                                    Great service and incredible surroundings. Menu slightly small but presume that's due to opening up after the pandemic.

                                  27. TW

                                    ThereW

                                    South Wales

                                    1 review

                                    5.0

                                    1 review

                                    Dined on 29 May 2021

                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                    Absolutely brilliant loved the atmosphere. Will definitely be returning soon.

                                  28. RN

                                    RuthN

                                    London

                                    1 review

                                    5.0

                                    1 review

                                    Dined on 29 May 2021

                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                    Amazing cocktails, great service, beautiful surroundings. Great for a special occasion.

                                  29. OT

                                    OpenTable Diner

                                    London

                                    4 reviews

                                    5.0

                                    4 reviews

                                    Dined on 28 May 2021

                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                    Lovely setting, very creative. However a limited and over priced cocktail selection.

                                  30. VK

                                    VictoriaK

                                    London

                                    1 review

                                    5.0

                                    1 review

                                    Dined on 22 May 2021

                                    overall5food2service5ambience5

                                    Great classy place. Smaller than in pictures, but awesome vibes and attentive vibes.

                                  31. E

                                    Eyejaybee

                                    1 review

                                    5.0

                                    1 review

                                    Dined on 15 December 2020

                                    overall5food4service5ambience5

                                    This was the last night before all bars and restaurants in London closed, so we were very keen fir a special evening, and the 40 Elephants provided it. Great cocktails and very friendly service. The food was not spectacular, but was, nevertheless, enjoyable. I am looking forward to returning post COVID.

                                  32. BB

                                    BillB

                                    London

                                    2 reviews

                                    5.0

                                    2 reviews

                                    Dined on 3 November 2020

                                    overall5food4service5ambience5

                                    Amazing service as always, nice ambience to space, great interior design

                                  33. BB

                                    BillB

                                    London

                                    2 reviews

                                    5.0

                                    2 reviews

                                    Dined on 12 October 2020

                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                    Wonderful secret gem in the city centre, superb service

                                  FAQs

                                  The 40 Elephants is rated 4.8 stars by 33 OpenTable diners

                                  Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.

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                                  Booked 6 times today
                                  Google Map for The 40 Elephants

                                  3-5 Great Scotland Yard London, SW1A 2HN

                                  • Area

                                    Westminster

                                  • Hours of Operation

                                    Mon–Thu, Sun 11:00–23:00
                                    Fri, Sat 11:00–00:00

                                  • Cuisines

                                    Cocktail Bar, Dining Bar, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service

                                  • Dining style

                                    Casual Dining

                                  • Dress Code

                                    Smart Casual

                                  • Public Transit

                                    Embankment and Charing Cross Stations

                                  • Payment Options

                                    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

                                  • Additional

                                    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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