When owner Abel Gandolini and Maître d'Hôtel Mario Gallati joined forces in 1917, their modest café soon made friends and gained favour amongst the theatre community and The Ivy was born. Subsequent redevelopments over the years have evolved the dining room as we know it today, a space closely resembling the grand restaurant created by the original duo back in their heyday.

"Don't worry, we will always come to see you, we will cling together like the ivy," said actress Alice Delysia, quoting a popular song of the day, when she overheard an apology from Abel Gandolini for his building works and his desire to create one of London's finest dining rooms - the name stuck.

Mario Gallati was to continue his success story when he opened Le Caprice in 1947, and another legend was born.

The Ivy enjoyed a refurbishment in 1990 by M J Long, which re-established its position as London's favourite theatre restaurant. Twenty five years later, Caprice Holdings’s owner Richard Caring commissioned Martin Brudnizki Design Studio to re-think the restaurant and bring it firmly into the 21st century – keeping its iconic features such as the windows, green leather banquettes, oak, gentle lighting and remarkable collection of contemporary British art, but offsetting them with a sumptuous dining bar in the middle of the restaurant, a larger entrance showcasing the original Eduardo Paolozzi installation and completely redesigned loos.

For further information on the refurbishment, please contact press@caprice-holdings.co.uk.

  • New JE window
  • PWF Grey artwork
  • PWF New chair