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The 40 Elephants, London,

The 40 Elephants

4.8
4.8
59 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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2 people

19:00


Booked 1 time today

Additional information

  • Area

    Westminster

  • Parking Details

    None

  • Public Transit

    Embankment and Charing Cross Stations

  • Additional

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

What 59 people are saying

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4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • London

    Handcrafted Cocktails

  • West End London

    Best Overall

  • West End London

    Handcrafted Cocktails

  • West End London

    Late Night Find

  • West End London

    Vibrant Bar Scene

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  1. GC

    GarryC

    Los Angeles

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 7 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My wife and I dropped in for a mid-morning champagne brunch. Live close and have had afternoon tea in their quirky but fun lounge. Great waiter with ‘Manuel’s’ grasp of English pronunciation but really helpful and talked through the menu. Asked how many arancini came with the starter and we’re told there were four ‘bowls’. Turned out he meant ‘balls’. Food was really good. Can recommend the arancini and beef and ale croquettes. Will certainly go again.
  2. KH

    KirstyH

    Surrey

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely perfect cocktail bar. The service was outstanding, the cocktails are pricey but delicious and the overall feel inside is one of calm. The bar got quite busy while we were there, but it never felt noisy or cramped. I will definitely be back.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Kent

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 3 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely food and great service
  4. n

    noodleluver

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 1 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is such a lovely bar. The whole hotel is so interesting to visit. Something very different. The service was excellent and the food was delicious. I couldn’t have wished for a nicer evening.
  5. J

    Jonathan

    New England

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on 18 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely service.
  6. IN

    IanN

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Pre theatre drinks during our 25th wedding anniversary celebration. We were presented with a very nice surprise which was a delicious dessert beautifully presented with a happy anniversary greeting . The bar staff were extremely helpful and friendly. Very pleasant way to spend a couple of hours before going to the theatre .
  7. SE

    StewartE

    East Sussex

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent Cocktails, engaging staff and a great corner table, perfect!
  8. FV

    FoodieVegan

    London

    44 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    44 reviews

    Dined on 21 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fun quirky bar. Very luxurious but felt welcoming. Great staff
  9. RG

    RaviG

    Dorset

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 May 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Pre dinner drink, great place ambience and service
  10. HN

    HowardN

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A lovely place for after work drinks and food. Close to the office and also a lovely part of the west end
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 May 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    I excellent cocktails and great service. The gentleman who served us also managed to get us a last minute booking at Ekstedt.
  12. F

    Fifi

    London

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 6 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    An absolute gem! Went for a couple of cocktails before an evening show and had a wonderful time. All the staff were attentive and friendly, the drinks were very tasty (as were the snacks!), and the space and atmosphere is exactly what I wanted. Could not recommend enough!
  13. CB

    ClaireB

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Gorgeous bar, perfect for a date , cant wait to go again
  14. L

    London123

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a great time at 40 Elephants, the bar is really cool, really well done. Drinks made and served by Benny were really good, and he was a great host a credit to the hotel. Thanks!
  15. LF

    LauraF

    London

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 3 April 2022

    overall5food3service5ambience5
    Service was exceptional by Dennis/Daniel (forgot the exact name), he was very attentive, told us a story about the 40 Elephants gang and the drink names behind it. Drinks were first class but the food was a bit upsetting for the we paid but that the only sad part. Also the Decor is absolutely stunning !!
  16. L

    Liz68

    Hertfordshire

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 11 March 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    A lovely place to go for cocktails before we went to the theatre. Wonderful drinks and a good choice. We had a few of the small plates to share, food was ok but nothing special. Would highly recommend if you want a small intimate place to go
  17. T

    Thehat

    London

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 25 February 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great cocktails at reasonable prices. Friendly staff and very knowledgeable barman. All his suggestions were amazing.
  18. MP

    MargiP

    London

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 3 January 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    A pre-theatre meal on a Bank Holiday Monday - it was quieter than I would expect on a more normal evening, but was absolutely perfect for what we wanted! The music was loud enough to be atmospheric, but not intrusive for our table of 4. We sat high on the bar stools in the middle of the room and enjoyed cocktails, burgers and wine! Our waiter, Paul, looked after us with the perfect level of attentiveness and we had a really relaxed time. The menu is pretty short and the sausage rolls were not the best, but that hasn't put us all off talking about "when we return".
  19. JB

    JeffB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 31 December 2021

    overall5food3service5ambience5
    Great find! Really good cocktail bar in a unique setting. The staff was attentive, and more than that...proud of their establishment and eager to tell you about the place...its history, all the work they have done on it, how they have put the menu together, etc. I did not have any food, but the cocktails were well done, if a bit pricey. But to be fair, you are there for the history and the atmosphere.
  20. E

    Eyejaybee

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 December 2021

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    We had a great night at the Forty Elephants. The service was wonderful, as were the cocktails. The choice of food was limited, but what we had was delicious. Given how few people were there, the background music was too loud. My dining partner and I had gone out as part of a tradition in which we meet just before Christmas, enjoy some food and rather more classy drinks than we normally aspire to, and share some of our favourite poetry. While we certainly enjoyed the food and drinks, the music was too intrusive to support the reciting of verse, and we withdrew elsewhere for that. Still, we will definitely be back soon.
  21. KM

    KathyM1

    London

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 17 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A great place to stop and relax with a good meal and well mixed cocktails. Bar staff were very knowledgable about the history of the building and the cocktails on the menu
  22. W

    Wolf

    London

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Not cheap but amazing location, ambience, staff, cocktails All 5 stars 🌟 You pay for the quality which in no doubt is in abundance
  23. MR

    MelR

    Birmingham

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 15 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was excellent, bar food was was really good, great bar, looking forward to returning soon.
  24. RC

    RobertC

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was excellent. The head bartender was fantastic! Great drinks and food in a beautiful setting.
  25. RP

    RobertP

    Dorset

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 5 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Most relaxing and enjoyable meal in a highly attractive setting with perfect ambiance. Vincent our waiter was extremely attentive, pleasant and professional
  26. T

    Thicko

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 December 2021

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Food was good and staff are great. The surroundings are interesting and high quality but to call this a restaurant is a bit too far. It’s really a bar/bistro set up. The evening food menu is really restricted and, although it’s a matter of personal taste, I don’t regard sitting at a very small table on low chairs (one of which is a padded bench set at a greater height than the freestanding chair) sharing the ambience with persons who are solely there for alcoholic drinks to be a dinner experience. The hotel itself is great, the ‘restaurant’ when regarded as a bar is great but I would recommend booking at the ‘proper’ restaurant. This meal experience was disappointing (although the food itself was good) and detracted from the overall hotel experience. Rate the hotel and its staff highly, this dining experience poorly.
  27. MC

    MaxineC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Informative magical amazing definitely a place to have a glass of something good and take in the history around you
  28. 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...
  29. AB

    AnnieB

    London

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    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
  30. DC

    DimChoo

    Berkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 November 2021

    overall5food1service5ambience5
    We were there just for drinks - Alex was amazing !
  31. CK

    CathrynK

    London

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 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.
  32. m

    martini

    Chicago

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 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.
  33. JG

    JamGirl

    London

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 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!
  34. 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.
  35. 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!
  36. GK

    GurveerK

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 August 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very special, very intimate, beautiful setting. Highly recommended.
  37. 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.
  38. 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.
  39. LB

    LBMc

    London

    60 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    60 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.
  40. KS

    KatS

    London

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 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

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
  • Protective equipment

    • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

The 40 Elephants is rated 4.8 stars by 59 OpenTable diners.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 1 time today
Google Map for The 40 Elephants

3-5 Great Scotland Yard, London, SW1A 2HN

Additional information

  • Area

    Westminster

  • Hours of Operation

    Mon–Thu 15:00–23:00 Fri 15:00–00:00 Sat 11:00–00:00 Sun 11:00–23:00

  • Cuisines

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

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking Details

    None

  • Public Transit

    Embankment and Charing Cross Stations

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive Chef

    Amador Parada

  • Additional

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

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