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Another one bites the dust: two of London’s oldest restaurants have been sold

Posted at 12:30 pm, November 22, 2013 in Food & Drink
Elena’s L’Etoile

So two of London’s oldest and most iconic restaurants, Elena’s L’Etoile and the Gay Hussar, are being sold, and will probably close. True, they were desperately dated, out-of-step relics (as you’ll know if you’ve eaten in either of them in the last few years), but it’s always sad to lose a piece of London’s restaurant history.

But old doesn’t always mean dead – as we’ve seen in the cases of Ognisko (aka the Polish Hearth Club), which has just reopened, while another venerable Polish restaurant, Daquise, has been saved from closure (yet again?) thanks to the intervention of its staff and previous owners.

What do you think of London’s old-timers? Here’s a dozen of our favourites (all of which are non-hotel restaurants that have been running for at least 20 years) to get you started:

Chutney Mary
Chutney Mary

Criterion
Criterion

Daphne’s
Daphne's

The Ivy
The Ivy

J Sheekey
J Sheekey

Kettners
Kettners

Le Caprice
Le Caprice

Veeraswamy
Veeraswamy

Wiltons
Wiltons

Tiroler Hut

Vasco & Piero’s

Mr Chow

And here are a few that, frankly, could use a bit of a shake-up:

Rules
Rules

Simpson’s-in-the-Strand

Tania Ballantine

Which old-timers would YOU love to kill, or to keep? You can add your comments at the bottom of our reviews.

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