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The Den at St Martins Lane - The Den at St Martins Lane London, London,

The Den at St Martins Lane London

4.4
4.4
183 Reviews
£26 to £40
Cocktail Bar
A modern gathering place and decompression zone for you to sit back, relax and unwind after navigating the busy streets of London.

The décor is warm and sophisticated with a tongue-in-cheek British flair – even the art on the walls is irreverent, animating the space with larger-than-life portraits and visual puns. Come and make yourself comfortable on our plush leather sofas, complete with warm, cosy lighting creating an enticing ambience


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2 people

19:30


Booked 2 times today
Experiences are available.

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Area
    Covent Garden
  • Parking Details
    Q-Park Covent Garden is located underneath the hotel
  • Public Transit
    Leicester Square
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Gluten-free Options, High Tea, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • Champagne Tea & Tales at St Martins Lane

    £70.00 per person

    Multiple dates available
    Coming soon.....Champagne Tea & Tales at St Martins Lane - St Martins Lane own unique twist on the traditional Afternoon Tea. Set in our cozy and intimate Den, surrounded by whimsical and magical art work.....even play Chess or Backgammon if the mood takes you. Priced at £70 per person, with a glass of Champagne.
    Champagne Tea & Tales at St Martins Lane photo
  • Tea & Tales at St Martins Lane

    £55.00 per person

    Multiple dates available
    Coming soon....Tea & Tales at St Martins Lane - St Martins Lane own unique twist on the traditional Afternoon Tea. Set in our cozy and intimate Den, surrounded by whimsical and magical art work.....even play Chess or Backgammon if the mood takes you. Starting from £55 per person.
    Tea & Tales at St Martins Lane photo
  • Tea & Tales with a glass of Cremant

    £65.00 per person

    Multiple dates available
    Tea & Tales at St Martins Lane - St Martins Lane own unique twist on the traditional Afternoon Tea. Set in our cozy and intimate Den, surrounded by whimsical and magical art work.....even play Chess or Backgammon if the mood takes you! With a glass of Cremant. Priced at £65 per person.
    Tea & Tales with a glass of Cremant photo

What 183 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.2Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 3.8Value

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183 Reviews
  1. AndrewM

    Buckinghamshire

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We went for my wife’s birthday, the afternoon tea was exceptional. The food beautifully prepared and tasted fabulous. With great service as well. There were also some unusual tea blends to have with it, not just the usual breakfast tea. All in all very good, would recommend, the only down side was the loud music being played in the foyer, which intruded on the tea lounge.

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  2. LiamB

    London

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 December 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Before booking I had emailed the hotel to make sure that the traditional afternoon tea (as shown on their website) was still available, not the new tea and tales version. I was told if I made a note when booking that this would be fine, which I did. On arrival at the hotel at the appointed time no staff were in the vicinity, after waiting I went to reception and someone was summoned. I asked them if we could have the traditional afternoon tea and was told this was not available. The tea and tales is vastly overpriced, with the compulsory service charge coming in at £130 for tea for two with no alcohol. In retrospect I wish I had gone to browns restaurant as cross the road where a better tea and experience can be had for around half the price!

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  3. MIAH

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 22 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had a lovely afternoon tea. Great food and service. Looked the modern atmosphere and tie in to the art.

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  4. AnthonyN

    Birmingham

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 7 November 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    The food was absolutely amazing but I was a little disappointed by the ambience. There was one particular group of business people playing promotional media on a laptop for all in the Den to hear. This is definitely not becoming of a serene and relaxing environment.

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  5. Beaky

    Hertfordshire

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 17 October 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We booked a table in The Den for pre theatre drinks and bar snacks and it didn't disappoint! A cosy room with striking decor and quirky wall displays. I'd had a stressful day and arrived feeling tired and jaded. Ana and Eriko were very helpful, friendly and efficient. They couldn't do enough for us and they had a lovely manner. A real asset to the organisation and I soon forgot the woes of the day! We enjoyed our cocktails and snacks and made our way to the Garrick in good time for the performance. This modern hotel is in a perfect position for pre-theatre food and drink. I would definitely recommend it

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 September 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Just had drink on the terrace. Very lovely in the sun and good service.

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  7. DenaW

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 August 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Really lovely, friendly, warm service. We had a cup of tea in wonderful china and the yummiest pudding !! Lovely stop before we went to the Theatre

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  8. MennoN

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 August 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Really enjoyed our afternoon tea at the Den, would definitely recommend!

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  9. johnS

    London

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 18 July 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great venue for a business lunch. Tables outside well spaced out so good for private discussions. Staff were super friendly and attentive. Small wine list but decent value. Food was well prepared and very good.

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  10. RandH

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 July 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent Service and Food. The directions in the open table to enter the restaurant were wrong.

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  11. pilatesgirl

    Oxford

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 10 June 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    superb pre-theatre lunch would definitely recommend

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  12. GerardH

    Yorkshire

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 15 April 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Well unusual is putting it mildly. Superb quirky little eatery set inside the lobby of a hotel with no number or name plate. So finding it is difficult but if your happy to enter the unknown then this is it. Lovely place

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  13. ChiaraM

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 April 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent afternoon tea and a beautiful place.....

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  14. JulianB

    Milan

    4 reviews

    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 25 March 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Arrived early and was sat at my table. My friend arrived some time after me and was not only sat at a different table, she was sat in a different restaurant. Once we got together we found that everything had to be ordered twice and I'm not sure why as the restaurant had more staff than guests

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  15. JamesE

    London

    5 reviews

    1.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 8 February 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    The staff were unclear if where we should be, they did not know the stock in the bar, nor the pay much attention to detail while we waited to order and during service. The starters were fine but the main course, the cod, was awful. It was served with a grey, tasteless sauce, and overcooked potatoes that had no character beyond a cardboard texture. The meal was very overpriced .

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 5 January 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a wonderful afternoon tea in The Den. It was a perfect spot for my sons and me to relax and enjoy. Everything from the food to service was fantastic. I would recommend.

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  17. SivS

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 December 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    A very nice meal. Friendly staff, quiet atmosfear,excellent presentasion, we got an eggnog as well. Extreamly good value.

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  18. SueI

    London

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on 5 December 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had an absolutely delightful experience at The Den. The staff were welcoming, attentive and gracious, and we felt extremely well taken care of. We ordered Negronis before dinner and have had some so-so experiences at other establishments in the past, however, this bar tender did not disappoint! The food was excellent and we were pleasantly surprised that we came across such a little gem of a restaurant in such a busy location. We will definitely return.

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  19. ShaunN

    London

    2 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 1 December 2022

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    They took the booking but the den was closed for the evening. We ended up in the restaurant where the cocktails were good and the service was poor.

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  20. MJFriday

    London

    16 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on 11 September 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Once we had confirmed we wished to sit outside on the "terrace" we were taken there. Initially I went to the Terrace which we had booked and did not find my friends there. Dispite the booking they had been seated inside in a room painted completely in black with some very noisy diners nearby. As I could barely hear my friends speak I asked if we could sit outside - this was arranged and we moved to a table for four with pots of lovely growing flowers around us. The noise level was much quieter so we were able to chat without shouting. The tea was delicious with interesting savouries and cakes. The scones were first class - very light and warm. At most afternoon teas two scones per person are served. Our only regret was we only got one as they were perfect. I know we could have ordered another plate but everything was so delicious that just seemed greedy. We will be back - this tea on the terrace is too good to miss!

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  21. Jen1

    London

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 13 August 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    The Terrace is a small area to the side of the hotel - protected from the street by partitions, so feels quite private. Nice to be able to eat outside. Was shady and set back from the road. Food was delicious. Very modern in style and taste. I had the Burrato to start, followed by trout with crab tabouleh.

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  22. LucMac

    London

    17 reviews

    3.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on 31 July 2022

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    It was lovely, the food and presentation was wonderful but it’s was not much of a terrace more of a wide alleyway between buildings.

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  23. DDGN

    London

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on 29 July 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Nice place for after work drinks and a nibbles. Friendly service.

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    London

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on 19 July 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very good staff and amazing food

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  25. JoanneA

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 July 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service and fantastic food - lovely setting too

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  26. Libby5

    London

    48 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    48 reviews

    Dined on 7 July 2022

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    staff were very slow and not attentive, we asked to remove the service charge for the alcohol 3x bottles of wine @15% and they questioned this ! we had to pour our wine ourselves, not an issue but not what you expect from a decent establishment. The food was lovely - was a nice chilled vibe but closes at 10.30pm so the moved us to the lobby bar with no atmosphere at all, asked to move to the other bar but could not take our drinks with us, that had been bought in the hotel! very odd..

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  27. BarbaraH

    Warwickshire

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 7 July 2022

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    We had a mock tail but very little drink and 2/3rd ice so a bit disappointing

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  28. James

    London

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 25 June 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Not cheap, but very high quality and very attentive, friendly service.

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    London

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 22 June 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Nice quiet spot

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  30. MariaL

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 June 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    As it was a lovely sunny day in London we decided to try out The Terrace at St Martins Lane Hotel for dinner and take advantage of their outside space. Wow, we were not disappointed on either the space, food or drinks. They’ve cleverly maximised their outside space and created an oasis of calm – a great place to relax away from the craziness that is Covent Garden – with the added bonus of sitting in the sun. The large flowerpots and foliage screens shield you from people walking past so you don’t feel you’re on display. We ordered their signature drink – the Chandon Garden Spritz – which was the perfect drink to enjoy in the sun. It’s refreshing with a hint of orange served with dried orange slice and rosemary. Sounds weird with the rosemary but it really works. We decided to share a couple of starters and mains so we could try as many dishes as possible. The menu isn’t large, but we found we were spoilt for choice as everything sounded delicious. We had the salmon tartare which was refreshing and full of flavour. The burrata was so smooth and creamy – just melted in your mouth and the spiced melon puree was an inspired addition! We loved their twist on the classic Caesar salad – especially the tempura anchovies – could have eaten a bowl of them! The sumac trout with crab tabbouleh was a hit with us both as well. The level of service was spot on, we didn’t have to wait long or wave manically to get their attention. A shout out to James and Ottavia who were so welcoming and attentive. Highly recommend The Terrace – it’s now a firm fav and will be a regular haunt for us during the summer months.

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 June 2022

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 1
    The Terrace is nothing like the pictures it is a very small dirty patio in an alley between 2 buildings - the flowers so not mask the poor appearance. You can only order a limited menu to the terrace with afternoon tea only in the restaurant which has little to no ambiance - definitely not worth the money

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  32. MelissaL

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 29 May 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Service was wonderful, we had afternoon tea The sandwiches were nice, but the desserts were all pretty bad, except the pavlova - it was their specialty menu for jubilee week, so maybe that’s why, but it was not satisfying for the price to be mostly not good. I’d try again during a regular week though, perhaps it’s better

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  33. CatrinL

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 November 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely setting, great service. We shall certainly be visiting again. Thank you.

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    Memphis

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 13 November 2021

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    It states outdoor seeing which it did not have. Has a quiet and relaxed feel to the bar

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    London

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 6 November 2021

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 1
    We booked at The Den for a nice and cosy pre-dinner drink, for a group of 4. Upon arriving at St Martin’s Lane hotel, the person at reception was incapable of directing us to this bar, which seemed odd to say the least. We ended up finding it ourselves, hidden behind a curtain. But there was no staff or customers there. Asked reception again and were told ‘due to an engineering problem’, we couldn’t be served there and would have to sit at the restaurant. That’s what we ended up doing, but this restaurant looks and feels like a cafeteria, with NO atmosphere at all and is quite depressing tbh. Also, no apologies, nothing. Will never set foot there again.

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  36. CliveW

    London

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 16 October 2021

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    Booked the Den area for some drinks...it looked fairly clubby and cosy in the photos. On arrival was told initially there were no seats (there were) and then that it was not being used (there were people in the Den, though). Was taken into the hotel restaurant instead...fairly large, bright and no atmosphere. Had a couple of average drinks and felt let down by whole experience.

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  37. JulieS

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 October 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We went for Afternoon tea, and it was really good!

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  38. NeilL

    London

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 October 2021

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    Poor service, was shown to table then forgotten about. 15minutes before we got a servers attention. Same for the next round of drinks. Asked 3 servers for the bill. Gave up and went to the bar asking to pay. Lack of organisation. Didn’t pay the 12.5% service charge. Wouldn’t recommend or return.

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  39. Jubilee

    London

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 30 September 2021

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    A very artistic and tasty cream tea! Beautiful matching crockery and tea sets. Service was very good and staff very friendly and welcoming. Hotel and restaurant was very quiet so lacked atmosphere but we still very much enjoyed our afternoon.

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  40. GraceB

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 26 September 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food and service was impeccable. The attention to detail was amazing. I had a lovely afternoon and could not fault the experience at all!

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The Den at St Martins Lane London is rated 4.4 stars by 183 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a booking

2 people

19:30


Booked 2 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for The Den at St Martins Lane London

45 St. Martin's Lane, London, WC2N 4HX

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Area
    Covent Garden
  • Hours of Operation
    Daily 12:00–22:30
  • Price
    £26 to £40
  • Cuisines
    Cocktail Bar, British, Lounge
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking Details
    Q-Park Covent Garden is located underneath the hotel
  • Public Transit
    Leicester Square
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Gluten-free Options, High Tea, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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