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35 Maiden Lane, Covent Garden, London WC2E 7LB
 
 
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OPENING TIMES
Mon-Sat: 12noon-11.45pm; Sun: 12noon-10.45pm
 
PRICES
Main Courses £16.95 - £24.50
 

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RulesNamed after Thomas Rule who founded the place in 1798, Rules is the oldest restaurant in London yet manages to keep up with even the most audacious of young pretenders. Owned by John Mayhew for the past twenty or so years, since 1984. Literary and acting stars have dined here over the years and today's customers often make the trip to sit in the same restaurant as their heroes - Charles Dickens, William Makepeace Thackeray, John Galsworthy and H G Wells, right up to Evelyn Waugh and Graham Greene have all frequented Rules. As have Laurence Olivier, Buster Keaton, Charles Laughton, Clark Gable, Charlie Chaplin and John Barrymore. The portraits of its well known patrons are diplayed on the walls for all to see. Maggie Thatcher as St George with oversized bouffant is particularly eye-catching. A fittingly traditional menu includes British staples like steak and kidney pie and fish and chips, served the old fashioned way: in newspaper - though not just any old newspaper, the pink pages of the Financial Times. So if the conversation trails off at least you can check how your shares are doing while you wait for your sticky date and toffee pudding with butterscotch sauce.

 

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Charing Cross Railway Station
 
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City Thameslink Station
 
17 minutes walk
 
 
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St Martins Lane NCP
 
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Upper St Martins Lane NCP
 
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Strand Palace Hotel London
London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel   from £88  27% off
372 Strand, WC2R | 2 minutes from Rules
This West End Art Deco hotel right on the Strand and next to Covent Garden is in a fantastic location for accessing central London and theatreland. ... More
 
 
 
St Martins Lane, A Morgans Original
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45 St Martin's Lane, WC2N | 3 minutes from Rules
One of the first design hotels, it certainly hasn't lost any of its cool appeal and continues to impress with great service and high standards. The ... More
 
 
 
Amba Hotel Charing Cross
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The Strand, WC2N | 4 minutes from Rules
Located within walking distance from Trafalgar Square and Covent Garden, the Amba Hotel Charing Cross is ideal for guests looking to be near to all the ... More
 
 
 
 
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34-38 Southampton Street, WC2E | 1 minute from Rules
The flagship restaurant for Adam Handling, one of the hottest young chefs in London, Frog by Adam Handling ... More
 
 
 
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The Crusting Pipe
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27 The Market, Covent Garden, Covent Garden, London WC2E | 2 minutes from Rules
British Cuisine... More
 
 
 
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Bedford & Strand
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1a Bedford Street, Covent Garden, London WC2E | 2 minutes from Rules
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Sticks'n'Sushi, Covent Garden
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11 Henrietta Street, Covent Garden, London WC2E | 1 minute from Rules
Considered one of the market leaders for Japanese food in the Nordic region, the original Stick'n'Sushi is in Copenhagen with nine other branches throughout Denmark. Bringing ... More
 
 
 
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Porterhouse Stout & Oyster Bar
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21 Maiden Lane, Covent Garden, London WC2E | 1 minute from Rules
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Fire and Stone
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31 - 32 Maiden Lane, Covent Garden, , Covent Garden, London WC2E | 1 minute from Rules
Forget margarita and pepperoni, Fire and Stone provides the chance to feast on some truly unique pizzas. The quirky Covent Garden restaurant brings together ... More
 
 
 
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The Lieutenant Of Inishmore
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Rules, St Martin's Lane, WC2N | 3 minutes from Rules
Poldark star Aidan Turner makes his West End stage debut this June, starring as terrorist Mad Padraic in Martin McDonagh's The Lieutenant of Inishmore. Michael Grandage ...More
 
 
 
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Rules, 2 Charing Cross Road, WC2H | 4 minutes from Rules
Ross Noble, Lesley Joseph and Hadley Fraser lead the cast of Young Frankenstein, Mel Brooks' uproarious musical based on his Oscar-nominated 1974 film about a New ...More
 
 
 
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Rules, Charing Cross Road, WC2H | 4 minutes from Rules
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Situated alongside the Savoy Hotel, the building of the current theatre with its Art Deco auditorium, was financed by Richard d'Oyly Carte with the considerable profits ... More
 
 
 
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St Martin's Lane, Covent Garden, London WC2N | 3 minutes from Rules
London Coliseum is a magnificent historic building and an excellent venue in which to enjoy the soaring sounds and high drama of some truly thrilling operas. ... More
 
 
 
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Novello Theatre
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Aldwych, Covent Garden, London WC2B | 3 minutes from Rules
Built in 1905 to form a pair with the near-identical Aldwych Theatre, the Novello Theatre (formerly known as the Strand Theatre) is one of London's more ... More
 
 
 
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The best museums, galleries, attractions near Rules
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St Paul's Covent Garden
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Bedford Street, Covent Garden, London WC2E | 1 minute from Rules
Affectionately known as "The Actors' Church", St Paul's in Covent Garden is in the heart of theatreland and has long been associated with the theatre community. ... More
 
 
 
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A visit to Covent Garden is a must, whether you intend to shop, sightsee or soak in the carnival atmosphere. The focal ... More
 
 
 
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London Transport Museum
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Covent Garden Piazza, Covent Garden, London WC2E | 2 minutes from Rules
After a two-year, £22 million refurbishment the London Transport Museum reopened on 22 November 2007 revealing more exhibition space than before. The museum travels back through ... More
 
 
 
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The best shops and markets near Rules
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Benjamin Pollock's Toyshop
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44 The Market, Covent Garden, Covent Garden, London WC2E | 2 minutes from Rules
This tiny shop in the heart of Covent Garden is crammed full of traditional toys but is probably most famous for its selection of toy theatres ... More
 
 
 
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Lush
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Unit 10 The Piazza Covent Garden, Covent Garden, London WC2E | 2 minutes from Rules
An overpowering mix of perfumes assaults the nose before you even enter these premises, which offer a huge mix of fizzing bath bombs to suit all ... More
 
 
 
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Godiva
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17 The Piazza, Covent Garden, London WC2E | 2 minutes from Rules
Belgium's finest export, the first Godiva was opened in Brussels approximately 75 years ago by master chocolatier Joseph Draps and named after the legendary Lady Godiva. ... More
 
 
 
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The London Film School
London > Education > Universities and Colleges
24 Shelton Street, Covent Garden, WC2H | 4 minutes from Rules
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Courtauld Institute of Art
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Somerset House, Covent Garden, London WC2R | 5 minutes from Rules
The Courtauld is one of the most prestigious art schools in the country, affiliated with the Oxbridge system and boasting a huge private location and prime ... More
 
 
 
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1 Sheffield Street, Holborn, London WC2A | 7 minutes from Rules
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The Sanctuary
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This day spa exclusively for women is a total pampering experience from the minute you step through the door. Located in bustling Covent Garden you'll soon ... More
 
 
 
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Victoria Embankment Gardens
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Created in 1874, the Victoria Embankment Gardens run parallel to the River Thames, creating a green walkway between Waterloo Bridge and Embankment, and are dotted with ... More
 
 
 
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Thai Square Spa
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25 Shelton Street, 40 Earlham Street, Covent Garden, London WC2H | 4 minutes from Rules
Let the Thai Square Spa transport you to the shores of Asia with their traditional Thai spa treatment rooms, smack bang in the centre of Covent ... More
 
 
 
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The Harp
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47 Chandos Place, Covent Garden, London WC2N | 3 minutes from Rules
The Harp, a welcoming bar in Covent Garden, is a traditional pub where the emphasis is firmly on real ale - earning it CAMRA's National Pub ... More
 
 
 
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The Marquess of Anglesey
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39 Bow Street, Covent Garden, London WC2E | 3 minutes from Rules
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Adventure Bar, Covent Garden
London > Nightlife > Bars
20 Bedford Street, WC2E | 2 minutes from Rules
A former wine cellar, the Adventure Bar in Covent Garden is a subterranean den of delight, with cocktails, food, tunes and parties. ... More
 
 
 
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B.Y.O.C
London > Nightlife > Bars
28 Bedfordbury Street, Covent Garden, Covent Garden, London WC2N | 2 minutes from Rules
A speakeasy bar with a twist, B.Y.O.C is a cocktail bar that doesn't stock any alcohol. But, before snubbing it in disgust, you can relax in ... More
 
 
 
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45 St Martins Lane, WC2N | 3 minutes from Rules
Set behind the facade of a boutique tea counter and a secret golden hand-shaped handle is Blind Spot at ... More
 
 
 
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Royal Society Of Arts
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8 John Adam Street, Covent Garden, London WC2N | 3 minutes from Rules
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London > Business > Venue Hire
45 St. Martin's Lane, Covent Garden, London WC2N | 3 minutes from Rules
To enter the stunning St Martins Lane Hotel in the heart of London's Theatreland you pass through the tallest revolving door in London, a luminescent yellow-glass ... More
 
 
 
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24-26 Leicester Square, Soho, London WC2H | 5 minutes from Rules
One of London's biggest cinemas, the Odeon Leicester Square regularly plays host to premieres and awards ceremonies as well as screening the week's big releases. Aside ... More
 
 
 
 

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