From Our Editors
Immersed in the tireless energy of Piccadilly Circus, the renowned Criterion Restaurant creates memorable dining experiences within elegant and welcoming surroundings, showcasing the extravagant grandeur of neo-Byzantine design. Having originally opened in 1874, the Grade II listed building’s rich history is exuded by its opulent interior. Lavish marble and real gold features gleam alongside intricate mosaics, mirrored walls and imposing arches. From the main dining room and terrace to the restaurant’s famous Long Bar, the Criterion has played host to all manner of famous literary, political and modern day figures throughout its compelling past. Criterion Restaurant’s head chef has designed a modern European menu with an emphasis on both luxury and simplicity, made using high quality ingredients sourced from across the British Isles. Dishes are prepared with freshly caught fish, free range produce and meat sourced straight from individual farms. The chefs make the kitchen’s own bread and butter, as well as smoking the fish and preparing the pasta, ricotta and ice cream from scratch. The venue also collaborates with the Sustainable Restaurant Association with the aim of continuing to develop their sustainability.