William's Bar & Bistro

4.1
49 reviews
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£26 to £40
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British
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  • Special Occasions
  • Afternoon Tea
William’s Bar and Bistro is an elegant restaurant serving what’s best about classic European cuisine, tucked away inside London’s exclusive St James’s Hotel and Club in Park Place. Plush velvet seating and artfully framed oil paintings lend the dining room an intimate and chic ambience. This, along with the convenient location near Mayfair and the West End, make William’s Bar and Bistro an ideal spot for everything from supper dates to working lunches, pre-theatre dinners, delicious cocktails or a decadent traditional afternoon tea to help you revive and unwind after a hard day’s shopping. The bistro menu is a cut above, having been designed by Michelin-starred chef William Drabble of Seven Park Place. It’s based on what’s in season, so it changes regularly, but we especially like the sound of the terrine of confit chicken and foie gras with celeriac remoulade, the sirloin burger, the warm salad of scallops with crispy bacon.
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Casual Dining
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British
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Hours of Operation
Open daily: 12:00pm - 11:00pm
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020 7316 1612
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MasterCard, Visa
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Business Casual
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New England
33 reviews
Dined on 3 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

On the lobby level of the beautiful St. James Hotel and Club in the Mayfair section of London, this is a lovely, elegant bistro, serving fine cocktails and excellent wines, by the bottle or by the glass. It is a perfect gathering spot for post-work socializing, or a lovely dinner for two. Service is utterly perfect.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 19 January 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Tucked away but very welcoming. Good value with 50% off food deal. Excellent service but ambience slightly lacking as it was quiet

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a
Buckinghamshire
7 reviews
Dined on 26 February 2017
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Ambience in the Bistro is good. As expected prices are on the high side but our wine by the glass was excellent as was the tapas. They fell down on the steak - not entirely their fault as it seems Westminster council requires all steak to be well done. However, it was a thin and small piece of (I think) rump that looked lost on the plate, with gristle on a third of it. Given the council restrictions I'm surprised they have steak on the menu at all; but if they're going to, given its going to be served brown throughout they should ensure they're serving up the best. Recommended for tapas only.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 19 December 2016
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Reservation couldn´t be found by the waiter/responsible. Hence no table was reserved. Service average, failing our expectations.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 8 December 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved this bistro in the hotel where I'm staying. Food is wonderful ... home made fabulous soup - how I'm getting my vegetables, wonderful Caesar salad!!!, great fish and amazing Gluten free dinner rolls! Was so nice to come here where it is relatively quiet, attractive and out of all the hustle and bustle of London!

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C
London
55 reviews
Dined on 18 April 2016
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

A find. A quiet and private venue in an area where most restaurants are crowded at lunchtime. Good quality food and excellent service.

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F
London
5 reviews
Dined on 16 January 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

As Chiswick residents, my friends and I had heard that Foxlows had opened so wanted to try it out. The waitress we had was very attentive (sometimes slightly too attentive and chatty) and knowledgable about things on the menu. The food was delicious but far more that I could eat! The only slightly negative thing was the noise...it was very busy and we had to concentrate to hear each other speak. It didn't spoil the evening though!

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HE
London
77 reviews
Dined on 13 January 2015
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Very quiet and civilised venue for a meeting where some friends wanted to talk which worked really well. Service was very good, allowing us to order a range of different and flexibly, so starters, or mains or even nothing. Obviously this is an exclusive area, however, it was just really expensive for what it was.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 26 December 2014
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Restaurant was closed, so only Bistro available.
One waiter to clean,take orders,serve and prepare cocktails....really too short!
And by the way, not what is expected with regards to food safety and quality of the meal.
Disappointed and upset!
Have met better by the recent past and at the same location.
Christmas is not an excuse for delivering poor service.

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TM
Cincinnati
8 reviews
Dined on 24 December 2014
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

While this isn't the Michelin starred restaurant at this hotel, the chef supposedly oversees both kitchens & menus. That would be difficult to tell, given our experience. The sauces we had were all good - my son's peppercorn sauce for his steak very good - but the rest of the meal was rather, well, routine at best. There are other places you can spend the same money and get a better meal, I'd suggesting looking in to those.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 13 December 2014
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

We love this place for late night suppers when we come into London from Cambridge for concerts. It is such a nice way to end the evening. We were disappointed on Saturday the 13th, however, when we were not given our favourite round window seat even though we had booked well in advance and had requested it.

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RO
London
5 reviews
Dined on 25 October 2014
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

The ambience is beautifully plush and even the restrooms are pleasantly decadent. The food is very simple and somewhat lacking in the wow factor, but perfectly enjoyable if one is not looking for a Michelin star experience. Staff are lovely.

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M
London
5 reviews
Dined on 27 September 2014
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The menu is small but extremely good. The most impressive thing is the price. Booking with OpenTable you have 50% off, so with 2 courses and a glass of wine I spent £20, totally outstanding for the location.

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J
London
3 reviews
Dined on 28 May 2014
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect attention to your stay by the staff and general ambiance. Ideal for a work day in London, when meeting business partner

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S
London
9 reviews
Dined on 17 May 2013
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

I took 6 people to William's Bar and Bistro. We were shown a poor table, right next to swing doors at the entrance. 35 minutes passed before our first drinks arrived and even then the waitress messed up the order? The service was terrible, rude, uncaring and arrogant in the way we were served. The worst service we have ever experienced in London to date. To cap off the evening, we had ordered a rather expensive bottle of wine to accompany the main course - This was tipped all over the table in an attempt to pour from a decanter, with little apology or reaction.
Hopefully, this was a one off bad experience, because if this was a normal experience, then I truly worry for them.
Please exercise severe caution is deciding to dine here, not good

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SP
London
1 review
Dined on 18 March 2013
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

You can look down the street, interesting!

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L
London
3 reviews
Dined on 10 March 2013
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

A bit of a fan of afternoon tea, I wanted somewhere to take my Mum for Mother's Day. While some of the more obvious choices in London are far grander, I knew they would be rammed, probably with strict 2 hour turn-arounds, which isn't what I wanted. Instead, at St James' we had a leisurely 3 hour tea, with the only welcome interruptions being the offer of more tea or coffee. It's largely a serve yourself, rather than silver service, this allows for a more intimate, informal experience, while the scones, clotted cream and home-made strawberry jam, with whole strawberries, are second to none in London. The art deco surroundings are elegant and the service from the door to table and back again is warm and welcoming. Highly recommend!

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j
London
1 review
Dined on 14 December 2012
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 4

we had expected a diner experience in a relaxed atmosphere. the atmosphere was nice but the diner menu is small and what was disappointing was the quality of the food. it was not up to the standard of the hotel (would i be a gault millau tester i would not give more then 11 points) which is 5 star although the rooms are small in comparison to international comparisons.

the presentation of the breakfast and the afternoon tea, however, has been very good and the quality up to the standard i expected.

the price of wines is exaggerated which is the case in mayfair restaurants in general.

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f
London
1 review
Dined on 25 November 2012
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

Cocktails took long time to arrive. The waiter finally explained that they had run out of mango juice.
We ordered boiled potatoes with the main course which didn't arrive and we had to ask the waiter to take the plates away to keep the plates warm.
We felt that for the price the food should have been better.

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o
London
1 review
Dined on 18 November 2012
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We were a group of 8 Norwegians visiting London in mid November, and were looking for a lunch restaurant close to Buckingham Palace. The restaurant was closed Sundays, but they could treat us in the Bistro. We decided to book, and had a very memorable lunch in this inviting and intimate Bistro, in a warm, yellow ambience with learther seats. We chose our meal from the Bistros a la carte menue, personally I loved the scallop salad, and we chose a very affordable Valpollicello red wine to go with it. The service was exellent, not one glass was empty before our waiter filled it up again, and we had a great time. Absolutely recommendable....!!

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G
London
26 reviews
Dined on 18 September 2012
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 2

William's bar is cramped & lacks any nooks to hide oneself away. The space lends itself to a quick drink or light meal. The service is excellent & very much the best part of this establishment. The bar was busy when I visited in early evening. It is a pleasant place for a quick drink or a light meal but is not cheap or as interesting a venue as many of its neighbours.

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j
London
54 reviews
Dined on 11 July 2012
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A great little find - lovely food, nice menu, great staff. I had a quick business lunch there and couldn't fault it. Nice varied menu with lots to choose from at a reasonable ( London) price. Relaxed dining room with plenty of space between tables so great for business lunches. Definitely would return.

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 8 April 2012
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I had afternoon tea at the restaurant. People were polite. It was many cakes, but had only couple of sandwiches on the tray per person . Scones were delicious and served warm. The place was quiet and could spend hours and hours.

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L
London
5 reviews
Dined on 5 January 2012
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The Bistro was very quiet but the food, wine and service was great

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e
London
13 reviews
Dined on 11 December 2011
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Afternoon Tea by William Drabble at William's Bar and Bistro, 7 - 8 Park Place, London was quite pleasent. The bistro room is quite small and somewhat lacking in atmosphere. The food was a little underwhelming as I was expecting more from an afternoon tea designed by a Michelin stared chef. If you have a sweet tooth this menu is for you as there was a fortune of cakes and scones. I felt I could have done with a few more sandwiches to start (no refills offered)! Excellent staff.

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a
London
29 reviews
Dined on 7 December 2011
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

William's Bar and Bistro, London SW1: cosy clubby bar in St James. Cocktails good (but not as good as Dukes), menu interesting, starters very good, mains OK. Service as one would hope for in this type of establishment. Very pleasant evening and ambience. Downsides: no tap water served (WHAT?) and MD needed reeminding of the discount offer. A "treats" place.

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S
Yorkshire
35 reviews
Dined on 3 December 2011
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Aafternoon tea was lovely. Service was alittle slow at times but it gave us longer to eat the amazing cakes. Good value.

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KV
London
20 reviews
Dined on 24 November 2011
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely afternoon - excellent service - ask for the round table in the window!

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R
London
9 reviews
Dined on 29 October 2011
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

St. James Hotel and Club is truly tucked away amongst the imposing buildings behind St. James' Palace. It is an intimate, calm and bijou place, traditional yet with modern touches. The afternoon tea was copious, although the sandwiches were rather standard, the cakes and scones were good and the choice of teas quite interesting, served with attention and discretion. Recommend the corner round table for 2.

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W
London
8 reviews
Dined on 28 October 2011
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We had a very pleasant meal at William's Bar and Bistro in London. Pricey (especially without the 20%-off-food toptable deal), but the Schnitzel and pork cheeks were very tasty. Great ambience and place to sit, and we were served by a friendly waitress who warned us off the savarin with raspberries, because it was on the small side. Will quite possibly return sometime!

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m
London
17 reviews
Dined on 27 October 2011
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful evening at William's Bar and Bistro in Mayfair. If you want a special intimate evening in a stylish setting with a first class menu and friendly staff, it would be hard to do better than book a table at this restaurant. The lobster rissotto , pork dish and deserts were particular hits.It wasn't cheap even with the 20% discount but well worth the money. Wine list excellent.

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l
London
63 reviews
Dined on 21 October 2011
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

William's Bar & Bistro is situated within the St James' Hotel and has that kind of 'international clientele'. but the warm, elegant setting (ruined for us by a braying property-type nearby) is perfect for a romantic dinner. My lobster risotto starter was flavourful and plentiful and my husband's chicken and fois gras terrine was excellent. We both opted for sirloin for main course which was delicious. Be aware however that these are not bistro prices and the wine list is very expensive!

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2011
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The bistro is in a perfect location, quiet and relaxing. It is not big, but comfy and the atmosphere is nice!! I love the paintings and the art collection, esp the bar area. My friend and I had the salad scallops with bacon, sirlioin burger, slow cooked pork cheeks and dessert - soaked savarin with raspberries!! Satisfied!! I would definitely visit again. It's a great offer with 20% off food.

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A
London
38 reviews
Dined on 6 October 2011
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a delightful experience! I had an early dinner with a friend at William's Bar and Bistro and we both thought that the food was excellent and the dining area itself is very stylish and chic. I had the squid for starters which was superb and the pork cheeks with Madeira for my main which I truly enjoyed. Highly recommended for a dining experience with friends or a late lunch after a day of shopping in Mayfair! The staff were friendly and efficient. I will go back if I'm in the area again!

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OT
London
8 reviews
Dined on 1 October 2011
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

St James Hotel, Afternoon tea and William Drabble
Very nice room and staff
Sandwiches very nice a bit small
cakes very rich but nice
scones were a bit dry with nice cream and jam
Was full till 9pm and we ate at 4pm

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s
London
77 reviews
Dined on 26 September 2011
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Williams Bar is a quiet elegant venue off the busy Picadily and we were well served with pleasant service and very good food
Cathy

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SB
London
9 reviews
Dined on 26 September 2011
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Afternoon tea at William's Bar & Bistro was good value for money. Not enough sandwiches & scones weren't great but service & atmosphere were both fantastic.

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 25 September 2011
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a very relaxed lunch last Sunday at Williams Bar and Bistro. I had the pork cheeks which were delicious and my friend had lobster risotto, which I was very jealous of! We shared a very nice bottle of wine, reccommended by our waiter, and to finish set vanilla cream with prunes poached in Earl Grey tea macerated in Armagnac! Heaven!
Atmosphere was great, decor is very pretty and service really friendly. What more could you ask for?!

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ID
London
6 reviews
Dined on 22 September 2011
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An amazing lunch at William's bar and bistro!! You can clearly recognise the talent of chef William Drabble (1 Mich star at seven park place)... I had a memorable terrine of confit chicken as a starter and a delicious lamb as a main! service spot on and nice atmosphere! I am often in green park and Mayfair so I can't wait to go back.. A very nice new entry in my list of favourite restaurants in London!

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OT
London
9 reviews
Dined on 17 December 2010
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I was really impressed with the level of service and also the atmosphere in the Bar and Grill. Would highly recommend it.

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