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Restaurants are awarded from 1 to 5 Rosettes for culinary excellence. One Rosette restaurants are highly recommended in a local area and five Rosettes have reached the pinnacle of culinary excellence at a world class level.

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Stylish hotel bistro with modern comfort classics

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At a glance

Open all year
Private dining
Wines by the glass
Wheelchair access
Service charge
Credit cards accepted

The bowler-hatted doorman at the entrance is a clue that this is a classy boutique hotel, on a quiet street near the British Museum. Its Blue Door Bistro is a welcoming and informal dining room, decorated with a frieze depicting London in around 1850. There's mahogany panelling, with contemporary wall lights and good use of mirrored glass and flowers on clothed dining tables. Simplicity is the kitchen's byword, producing starters such as crab cakes with celeriac remoulade or a classic Caesar salad, before main courses such as sea bass in a champagne sauce or prawn Stroganoff. Finish with rice pudding with salted caramel.

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Opening hours

  • Open all year
  • Lunch served from: 12.30
  • Lunch served until: 2.30
  • Dinner served from: 5.30
  • Dinner served until: 10.30


  • Chef(s): Martin Halls

Food and drink

  • Cuisine style: British
  • Vegetarian dishes available
  • Wines under £30: 2
  • Wines over £30: 65
  • Wines by the glass: 17

Price guide

  • Service charge
  • Credit cards accepted


  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Steps for wheelchair: 4
  • Accessible toilets
  • Assist dogs welcome

Additional information

  • Seats: 40
  • Private dining available
  • Private dining seats: 100
  • Off-site parking available: On street, Bloomsbury Square

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Nearest train station

Russell Square, Holborn, Tottenham Court Road
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