As one of the first restaurants in London to serve French food, Kettner's illustrious guests included everyone from Winston Churchill to Oscar Wilde and King Edward VII. One of the longest-running rumours in London restaurant history is that there is a secret passage that the king used in order to nip into Kettner's to dine with his mistress Lillie Langtry. They haven't found it. Yet.
Besides the restaurant, there will be a separate Champagne bar with a late licence for drinking fizz into the wee hours and the 18th century illustrations found during the restoration will be displayed in all their splendour. As the place is Grade 11 listed, all of its appealingly louche ambience remains, it's just been given a splurge of TLC.
Up an 18th-century spiral staircase, there are 33 French boudoir style bedrooms, all different. The absolute gem we'll really want to book is the Jacobean room with its own dining room which can be catered by the restaurant downstairs and has its own side entrance to the street, so no-one will know who is there with us.....
|What||Kettner's Townhouse, Soho, London|
|Where||Kettners, 29 Romilly St, W1D 5HP, London , W1D 5HP | MAP|
|Nearest tube||Leicester Square (underground)|
17 Jan 18 – 12 Dec 18, Times tbc