“Innovative, bold, tasting-sized West African influenced, spiced-based cuisine” - AA Inspector
LONDON SW1, LONDON POSTAL DISTRICTS
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Set in the St James’s Market development just south of Piccadilly, Ikoyi is named after an affluent Lagos neighbourhood in Nigeria. The modern, glass-fronted intimate space comes with dangling clay lamps, bright artwork and mustard-coloured banquette seating catching the eye, while its dinky upfront bar offers views into the semi-open kitchen. Chef-patron Jeremy Chan presents highly innovative, intriguing small plates delivering his translation of West African spice-based cuisine, punctuated by bold, balanced flavour and some unusual ingredients. ‘Blind tasting menus’ might include a signature plantain dish, with blackberry salt and smoked kelp emulsion, or perhaps 5-week Cornish lamb teamed with St George mushroom sauce, nespoli emulsion and celeriac crisps. Spice-friendly wines and inventive cocktails hit the spot too.
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Facilities – at a glance
- Closed: Sunday
- Cuisine style: Modern West African
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About the area
The UK's capital was founded by the Romans shortly after they invaded in 43AD. Since then it’s evolved into one of the greatest cities on earth. From a bloody, squalid history to the vanguard of fashion in the Swinging 1960s to the buzzing metropolis it is today, London has something for everyone. There are very British pursuits like the Oxford and Cambridge boat race, changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace and an impressive collection of traditional English pubs. And that’s not to mention world-renowned arts venues, galleries and museums, award-winning theatre and unrivalled shopping – all found within a few Tube stops of each other.
London’s royal history is not to be missed. Visitors can roam around one of Britain’s finest medieval castles and royal prison, and learn about the final days of Anne Boleyn at the Tower of London or, for the less bloodthirsty, visit the Queen’s London home, Buckingham Palace. Don’t miss out on exploring the capital’s Royal Parks – from St James’ Park and Hyde Park in the centre to the majestic Hampton Court and wilderness of Richmond Park in the southwest.
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