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Cinnamon Club

Restaurants, Indian Westminster
4 out of 5 stars
(20user reviews)
The Cinnamon Club
The Cinnamon Club

Time Out says

There’s a gentleman’s club feel to this grand, Grade II-listed Victorian building (once a library) and the high ceiling, book-lined gallery and crisp napery convey a sense of occasion. It’s an established haunt of sharp-suited power brokers and Westminster politicians who enjoy a fine-dining menu of updated rustic and regal pan-Indian dishes.

We liked the sliced veal escalope with its toasted coriander seasoning – an innovative complement to creamy tomato-cumin sauce. The spongy uthappam griddle cake made for a dressy and tasty spin on South Indian street food, the ground rice and lentil base glistening with a topping of softened onions and green chillies. Cumbrian farmers have chef Vivek Singh to thank for his signature Herdwick lamb curry. The meat wasn’t as tender as we’ve enjoyed on previous visits and could have done with longer on the stove, but the masala was spot-on, the browned onion paste fried to a russet-brown and spiced with ginger, cardamom and fiery chillies.

The kitchen excels in seafood preparations. A whiting fillet, cooked with precision, came with a marvellous rich coconut cream infused with ginger and turmeric. Prices are pegged at the sharp end, although the set menus are affordable. Service is professional, but doesn’t quite match the exemplary cooking.




Address: Old Westminster Library
30-32 Great Smith Street
Cross street: 30-32 Great Smith Street
Transport: Tube: St James's Park or Westminster tube
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4 out of 5 stars

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3.9 / 5

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We initially walked past the venue, hidden on the far side of Westminister the restaurant is beautiful, with the old books from the library. The service was ok, but as they but my wife's white wine in an ice bucket away from the table I was looking around trying to keep my wife's drink filled, whilst the tables are packed in you will be listening into peoples conversation, the food was good, but not enough to tempt me to order dessert and the wine I felt overpriced, with only a choice of 4 carafes £40 and under, so no extras on cocktails, which for my waistline might be a good thing!

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We visited for a special Chelsea Flower Show specific set menu so the restaurant was all dolled up with beautiful flowers which was a nice touch.

The 5 course menu was £48 so on the pricy side but the service was very attentive (not pushy) and the plates perfectly balanced. The Kadhai Asparagus starter was the highlight, very light with aubergine dip, could have eaten that for all 5 courses. 

The Rosemary Marsh Lamb was slightly rare for my liking as the sauce was heavy and creamy but it was delicious none the less. With each course our waiter came and told us about the influences and ingredients which was a really nice touch.

We also sampled a few of the cocktails which were beautifully presented (instagram worthy) and left us leaving slightly merry, in a good way!


A fabulous meal in a lovely environment. We went relatively early at 6.30pm so very empty and placed in the corner but by 7.30pm it was packed.

We were given a free morsel a lovely potato ball deepfried.
I had the scottish king scallops covered in baby squid stirfiry on a bed of spinach and cauliflower puree - amazing!!
I then had the welsh saddle of lamb served with keema sag and finally a warm chocolate mousse with white chocolate icecream, followed by coffee which came with petite fours. I would love to go back and might try there special offers next time. I also had their zombie cocktail which contains absynthe which was quite refreshing

A great restaurant that is owned by one of the amazing chefs Vivek Singh with his modern take on Indian dishes. The restaurant is light and airy with its conservatory style window ceiling. I also love the way the tables are dotted around the restaurant however I do feel that tablecloths are now old hack and should be got rid off and replaced with nice marble or wooden tables. The price of the food is a tad expensive for the a la carte menu however if you go for a set menu via Bookatable approx. £30 for three courses I feel is much better as a main course on the a la carte menu is approx. £23 alone. However I went for the a la carte menu as I had a voucher to use up and that was the terms to buy from the a la carte menu so for just a starter each and a main meal plus non alcoholic cocktail for us two it came to around £95. However unlike most celebrity / michellin stared chef restaurants I feel that the portions served here are much bigger than some. I had the halibut with lemon sauce and lime rice and it was pure citrus heaven for me with a tad of back spice. My husband had the beef with a spicy peppery coating and it was cooked to perfection (medium rare as requested). The chocolate bomb was just lush and so tangy with the passionfruit that is in the bomb highly recommend and I love the touch of gold flake that was on top of the bomb.


We recently visited the Cinnamon Club for our work Christmas meal. Upon our arrival we were whisked up to the balcony to a secluded area where we were waited upon by a team of polite and attentive staff. Our wine glasses were never left empty and the food seemed to never end (I found out after that we were on an 8 course menu!!).

The food itself was spectacular. A modern take on Indian cuisine, often with a Western twist, our courses featured pigeon, deer, and a spectacularly flavoured seafood broth. 

One downside was the toilets being quite far from where we were seated, down 2 flights of stairs, which one of my colleagues on crutches found rather difficult to navigate. The atmosphere in the main area of the restaurant also felt a little subdued and stuffy, which may reflect the normal style of clientele. 


Tucked away amidst a pile of books in this grade II listed library lies the sophisticated tribute to Indias finest cuisine . Headed up by the talented Rakesh Ravindran Nair and executive chef Vivek Singh, The cinnamon lounge delivers a truly modern take on Indian fushion. From its carefully balanced spice, creative plating, quality produce, ambiance and fantastic service, it delivers on every level. Tonight we had the pleasure of sampling some of the dishes from its set Menu. We start the evening with a spicy rum infused cocktail followed by an amuse bouche of rice flour cake with hints of coriander, mint infused yogurt and a spiced tomato sauce Our starter consisted of a succulent sandalwood flavoured Norfolk free range chicken with a chicken tikka rillet. The saddle of Romany marsh lamb, with rustic Kheema goes down a treat with is saffron sauce, basmati rice and carrots. Cardamom infused creme brûlée with a rose petal biscotti helps bring the evening to a delightful end. Personally a dollop of pistachio ice cream would have been a perfect accompaniment to this intense flavoured creme brûlée. So comes to an end another meal with fab company. £104 for 3 courses, still water, a glass of wine, a non alcoholic cocktail and service. #modernindian #lamb #chicken #totastemaker #beautifulplates #taste#


This was packed out with business men in suits and felt quite stuffy and pompous as opposed to impressive and grand, which was a shame and certainly not what I was expecting. The food was average - we had the sharing dish of butter chicken and it was served only lukewarm which was also a disappointment. Service was sufficient but nothing special and overall I was less than impressed by what is regarded as somewhat of an institution


I was taken to lunch by a friend/business colleague the other day. This was his choice and he is clearly a regular customer being on first name terms with many of the staff. It is a really nice place - light and airy and the menu is interesting. 

We had 2 courses from the lunch set menu. I had a duck starter and hake main. The fish was amazing - really delicately spiced and amazing texture.  We also got some really delicious, buttery, mellow dhal and a selection of breads.  It is upmarket enough that there was an amuse bouche and petit fours with coffee (or in my case peppermint tea!). I wanted a pudding but couldn't justify the amount of food at lunchtime!

The food is indian in origin but much lighter and more inventive than traditional indian restaurants. Interestingly as i was eating i didn't feel that full but i almost didn't need to eat again that day. 

I'd lke to go back in a bigger group and have more of a communal meal as there were so many things to try. The service is excellent - slightly invasive as i found our conversation was interrupted quite a lot. i don't know how much it cost but i would estimate £30 a head - which without alcohol for lunch i would say is quite steep but it was very nice and a real treat.

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The food is really top drawer here, with imaginative turns on traditional Indian dishes, but the atmosphere just feels a little too gentlemen's club for me to give it a top rating - service is also very good 

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Somewhat unique environment providing a great twist on Indian cuisine. Definitely one to try!

Christmas celebration without food makes it slightly sketchy which is just ironic for London. And, my last year christmas in cinnamon club was exceptional and, i was freakingly happy with the incredible experience with Indian touch. Cocktail bar menu has huge choices for everyone. This tym i am done with my

Aah !!!! After such a long time ,one of my favourite cuisine had been offered there at london restaurant Cinnamon Club. Well, it was awesome as i had listened about it from my friends. I will recommend to everyone to have the amazing feeling there.Visit at least once !!!

Private dining at The Cinnamon Club offers imaginative and contemporary Indian cuisine in truly unforgettable surroundings. Enjoy canapés in the Library Bar before a stylish sit-down dinner and after-dinner cocktails at the Cinnamon Club Bar — all set against the booked-lined backdrop of the Grade II-listed Old Westminster Library.

Great food, Good atmosphere, best cocktail range, Really good service!! personally recommend you visit once...

My favorite place to hangout with my friends every weekend. We spent lots of time there to chilling and drinking and watching Some good Indian movie. And there is a drink called "Delhi Mule" its awesome and one of the best drink, must try!! Definitely go this place at once when traveler to London.

Very disappointing. Gordon Ramsay-prices for bland, over-fussed about with food. Poor value for money, Spend the same amount of money at Hawksmoor instead and be wowed!

I loved it! Yes the food cooked and presented to us ( group of 20) was exceptionally well done. In my view, the team really has taken Indian cuisine to another milestone. Proud to be half Indian when I see Indian food reaching michelin star standards in the heart of London. We were a group of 20 odd colleagues and had mixed opinions about dining here. Soon after reaching the restaurant I shared my views with the manager on duty and then everything else went smoothly. Even the top Chef Singh came about saying hello on our table. Very relaxed approach by the man himself..Highly reccomend this place to all the culinary experts travelling to London.

My favourite bar and restaurant in London when it comes to Modern Indian food. Alongside they do show bollywood movies in their subterranean bar so you can be rest assured of the trendy Indian cocktails before dining in the famous grade 2 listed building The Cinnamon Club. One of the best indian restaurant offering best Indian style cocktails. My favorite was their take on molecular cocktails. Great style and show!Must try their canapes platter as well!

Went a couple of years ago and absolutely loved it. The food was so delicious I practically cried when it was finished. I don't remember the service being poor, so perhaps it's gone downhill since then.

A major disappointment. We went to celebrate a special occasion and neither the service nor the food lived up to the hype. The level of service was, in fact, appalling. We had dirty glasses. We had to request the wine list three times before it was brought to us and the waiter tried to pressure us into ordering food less than five minutes after being seated and before we'd had a chance to see the wine list. The wine wasn't served until after we'd had our starters - and then ONLY because we had to ask for it twice! The food was mediocre. We'll never eat here again. There are plenty of Indian restaurants in London with better food and MUCH better service.

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