At a decrepit 200+ years old, Rules claims to be London’s oldest restaurant. So it’s no surprise that you get your fair share of tourists and folks who wear Union Jack embroidered slippers at home here. Especially as it’s in Covent Garden. It is, nonetheless, still worth visiting if you’re after a Downton-meets-Dickens experience. There’s plenty of game and pies on the menu, gold detail and velvet in the restaurant. Plus, you can always swing by the upstairs bar for a drink if you don’t fancy a heavy (and heavily-priced) meal that will inevitably finish with custard. Lots of custard.
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