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The drinks menu at this part-sophisticated, part-kitsch Scottish-themed enterprise – tartan everywhere – is less of a list and more of an encyclopaedia. The histories of various whisky regions are outlined within its pages, which also contain individual tasting notes worthy of the most pedantic oenophile.

The nose of a 15-year-old Glen Garioch (£12) offers hints of ‘Parma violets and heather’, while a rare single-cask Ardbeg from Islay ‘is rich with layers of dense oily phenols, tropical and green fruits, with a distinctive medical streak running through it’. For £245 a shot, you’d expect nothing less.

The food’s good, but those just here for a drink may prefer to take theirs with a Cuban smoke on the heated, covered Cigar Terrace.

The admission fees are billed as an ‘optional jazz charge’, but the music’s often of a high enough standard that it’s a price worth paying.

There’s more of the same at the Boisdale’s City branch (Swedeland Court, 202 Bishopsgate, EC2M 4NR, 7283 1763) and enormous new Canary Wharf setup (Cabot Place, E14 4QT, 7715 5818).


Venue name: Boisdale
Address: 13-15 Eccleston Street
Opening hours: Open/food served noon-1am Mon-Fri; 6pm-1am Sat. Admission £4.50 before 10pm, then £12
Transport: Tube: Victoria tube/rail
Price: Admission £5 before 10pm, then £12.
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There's no doubt that Boisdale is well renowned, so I chose the original restaurant for my first trip. The building is wonderful, full of little knooks and cranneys, winding staircases and fabulous decor. The Jazz is also brilliant, the band played till late which I enjoyed immensely. The food and service, was however a little lacking. I tried the traditional Scottish dishes, including the haggis, which was good, but definitely overpriced. I was pleased to have an intimate table, tucked away, however the service was very poor. I had to catch the waiter's attention numerous times and was left waiting a good 20/25 minutes after I sat down before I received any drinks! Although I'm pleased I paid Boisdale a visit, I sadly don't think I'll be returning any time soon.


A rather old school glam bar come restaurant set in the heart of Belgravia which stays open until late. Don't expect to find a cheap drink here.


I had a 50% off offer to try the new Boisdale restaurant that has just opened in Mayfair (a few steps away from Marble Arch) so I decided to give it a try. We decided to go for a charcuterie board that was nice but greatly overpriced. The spaghetti with lobster were on the other hand a hidden gem of the menu, tasty and unexpected. The chocolate pudding for dessert was ok but also definitely overpriced. Although the place was lovely with a piano player playing throughout the night, the service was terrible, forgetting orders or to give us water or bread when needed. Even with 50% off, the final bill was still quite expensive so I was glad we didn't go without an offer. Nice place but bad value, would recommend only if you are fascinated by those great lobster spaghetti. 

Great food, rude and very slow staff. Not worth visiting. There are plenty of restaurants in London that have equally good food are are polite and pleasant.

The second bar I've been to. Best bar I have experienced. Lovely Scottish theme. Amazing food.