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#2,343 of 17,481 Restaurants in London


US$6 - US$22
British, Pub, International, Gastropub
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Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
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All reviews roast dinner gastro pub the upstairs dining room dickens museum lovely pub attentive service bloomsbury ales loos
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Reviewed 7 March 2022

We took my parents here for a long lunch after visiting The Dickens Museum a few doors down. It's a lovely old Bloomsbury pub with a great buzz and delicious food - we could have stayed here all afternoon!

Date of visit: March 2022
Reviewed 5 March 2022

I could write a review just about the stylish décor or superbly tasty food (OMG, I am not a salad guy but, boy, I would have the Grilled Chicory salad any day) or the attentive service (the host offered to give me an umbrella when...I left with the rain coming down). But what is exceptional is their private dining area. With the new normal of remote working, our company has decided to not even have physical offices. Instead, we use the money saved on rent, etc. to meet up at a nice place in London periodically. All of the even modest hotels in Fitzrovia area (most convenient for most attendees) wanted to charge £500 for a boring, fluorescent lit conference room without windows (and then a lot extra for any extra refreshments). I figured there must be something better and stumbled upon Lady Ottline. Lady Ottline offers a very comfortable and attractive private dining room complete with projector and retractable screen as well as strong wifi. And they don’t charge anything for it. They only require that you have a minimum spend of £50 per person. So for our 5 people meeting, the cost of the day was half the hotel day rate AND we got a sumptuous, gourmet lunch accompanied by a generous rounds of pints through the afternoon. We have now dubbed Lady Ottoline our official satellite London “office”.More

Date of visit: March 2022
Reviewed 24 February 2022

I travel to London a few times a year for work, and my trips are never complete without a visit to The Lady Ottoline. I cannot say enough good things about it. It is tucked into a residential neighborhood in Bloomsbury so it has a...feel of a place that only locals visit. It is cozy and warm and the upstairs dining room serves truly gourmet food, with a menu that varies. While the food is high end, the vibe is very casual and friendly and fun. I highly recommend it.More

Date of visit: February 2022
Reviewed 20 February 2022 via mobile

First class roast dinners. Delicious selection of vegetables and meets. Courteous, attentive service.

Date of visit: February 2022
Reviewed 2 February 2022

The meal was at best average but the service was rude and slow. We arrived at 7.30 and went straight to the table. Desert arrived at 10.45pm and as we were served they were closing in 10 minutes. Three of the team had to leave...for trains before the main course. Downstairs looked busy and fun, don't go for the food or service.More

Date of visit: February 2022
Reviewed 15 October 2021

Went to the Lady Ottoline for a client lunch yesterday. The pub is tucked away from the main routes in the area and is not widely known about so a great place for a quiet chat. The staff were friendly and welcoming and the table...service was attentive but not overly so. The house red wine was excellent and my colleagues enjoyed their ales. The menu was simple with excellent choices. We enjoyed the home made pies. Definitely worth a visit.More

Date of visit: October 2021
Reviewed 11 July 2021 via mobile

Not sure what is going on here but we booked a table online for 4pm today so that we could meet up with a friend. She was making a special journey to meet us. Bank details were required for the booking, which was then was...confirmed. Luckily we walked past around lunchtime and noticed it was closed. We tried to call on the phone but there was no answer. We’ve therefore cancelled online and had a confirmation of that … we are now trying to book somewhere else and because of the short notice we are struggling to find somewhere. This is the second time the Lady Ottoline has messed up a booking for us … last chance I’m afraid. Such a shame. It used to be greatMore

Date of visit: June 2021
Reviewed 9 July 2021 via mobile

What a fabulous place, I had searched for a pub near where I was eating later that day and what a find! This is such a lovely pub, we just had drinks but it also has a dining room. The building is so beautiful and...the staff were so friendly, the loos are brilliant, all restored beautifully! I wish we could have stayed longer and will definitely visit again when I am in London!More

Date of visit: July 2021
Reviewed 24 June 2021 via mobile

I love this little pub. Delicious food and nice local atmosphere. And the staff are attentive and friendly. It Is my favorite in the area but just off the main grid.

Date of visit: May 2021
Reviewed 20 June 2021 via mobile

We had a table to watch the recent England v Scotland European Championship fixture and had a great time. We were well looked after by the staff and found the drinks selection very good. I would not hesitate to recommend this pub to friends and...would definitely come back again. The staff were very friendly and welcoming. 10 out of 10. Danny JamesMore

Date of visit: June 2021
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Snuggly nestled within Central London is academic and
leafy Bloomsbury, an area that boasts walking distance
access to many of London's most popular attractions.
It is also home to some of Britain's most celebrated
museums, including the must-see British Museum.
Despite an understandable popularity with students,
tourists and day trippers, vast sections of Bloomsbury
retain a quiet, residential feel year round and
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Francesca G
11 January 2018|
Response from KeithL2313 | Property representative |
sorry for the late reply, but we have only just opened after the refurb. the lady Ottoline is now under new management.
5 August 2017|
Response from Stephen C | Reviewed this property |
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The Lady Ottoline is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4.5