May 11, 2018
Rules is, without argument, a London institution. The oldest restaurant in the city (dating back to 1798), this Covent Garden survivor exudes the tradition and elegance of a past era. Rules cares not a jot for fads and fashions; it continues to serve its hearty English food to those who appreciate it, but while cocktails have always been served at Rules it is only recently that a dedicated cocktail bar has been opened on the restaurant’s upper floor. Glamorous in the most understated way, the bar is dedicated to the crafting of classic drinks; there are just ten choices on the list but they are all impeccably and lovingly prepared. This is a world where Martinis are never shaken, always stirred, and innovation is not high on the agenda; perfection and its pursuit are the driving forces making this the ideal place to while away the violet hour.
What their peers say
“The bar at Rules in Covent Garden was once the private dining room of King Edward V11 and also reputedly where he wined and dined his mistresses. The patriarchal figure of Brian Silva now runs this timeless classic of a bar. Under his stewardship the drinks pay an irreverent homage to the classics and are always excellent. I can think of no better way to while away a few hours in the winter than to sit in front of the fire in Rules with a glass of something warming and a plate of the excellent Stilton that they offer.” Nick Strangeway of Strange Hill
“The upstairs bar at Rules, reputedly London’s oldest restaurant, was closed for decades. Brian Silva, was courted away from the Connaught Hotel to take charge of re-opening this tiny bar that was once a favorite trysting spot of a royal or two. The seats were made by the same company that upholsters Bentleys, the fireplace works and has a seat around it, a small cheese plate often accompanies the drinks (good British Stilton, of course).” Anistatia Miller and Jared Brown of Mixellany Ltd.