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The 40 Elephants

4.8
4.8
42 Reviews
£26 to £40
Cocktail Bar

The hub of the Great Scotland Yard Hotel, serving everything from amazing barista-served coffee to specialised signature cocktails, local craft beers and ciders. The food offering incorporates all that is good about London; its cultural diversity and fusion of cuisines. Essentially it’s a place to roll up your sleeves and get social.

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Booked 3 times today
  • Area

    Westminster

  • Parking Details

    None

  • Public Transit

    Embankment and Charing Cross Stations

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Protective equipment

    • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

Menu

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What 42 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.9Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • West End London

    Late Night Find

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  1. MP

    MargiP

    London

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 3 January 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    A pre-theatre meal on a Bank Holiday Monday - it was quieter than I would expect on a more normal evening, but was absolutely perfect for what we wanted! The music was loud enough to be atmospheric, but not intrusive for our table of 4. We sat high on the bar stools in the middle of the room and enjoyed cocktails, burgers and wine! Our waiter, Paul, looked after us with the perfect level of attentiveness and we had a really relaxed time. The menu is pretty short and the sausage rolls were not the best, but that hasn't put us all off talking about "when we return".

  2. JB

    JeffB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 31 December 2021

    overall5food3service5ambience5

    Great find! Really good cocktail bar in a unique setting. The staff was attentive, and more than that...proud of their establishment and eager to tell you about the place...its history, all the work they have done on it, how they have put the menu together, etc. I did not have any food, but the cocktails were well done, if a bit pricey. But to be fair, you are there for the history and the atmosphere.

  3. E

    Eyejaybee

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 December 2021

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    We had a great night at the Forty Elephants. The service was wonderful, as were the cocktails. The choice of food was limited, but what we had was delicious. Given how few people were there, the background music was too loud. My dining partner and I had gone out as part of a tradition in which we meet just before Christmas, enjoy some food and rather more classy drinks than we normally aspire to, and share some of our favourite poetry. While we certainly enjoyed the food and drinks, the music was too intrusive to support the reciting of verse, and we withdrew elsewhere for that. Still, we will definitely be back soon.

  4. KM

    KathyM1

    London

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 17 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    A great place to stop and relax with a good meal and well mixed cocktails. Bar staff were very knowledgable about the history of the building and the cocktails on the menu

  5. W

    Wolf

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Not cheap but amazing location, ambience, staff, cocktails All 5 stars 🌟 You pay for the quality which in no doubt is in abundance

  6. MR

    MelR

    Birmingham

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Service was excellent, bar food was was really good, great bar, looking forward to returning soon.

  7. RC

    RobertC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Everything was excellent. The head bartender was fantastic! Great drinks and food in a beautiful setting.

  8. RP

    RobertP

    Dorset

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 5 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Most relaxing and enjoyable meal in a highly attractive setting with perfect ambiance. Vincent our waiter was extremely attentive, pleasant and professional

  9. T

    Thicko

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 December 2021

    overall4food5service5ambience3

    Food was good and staff are great. The surroundings are interesting and high quality but to call this a restaurant is a bit too far. It’s really a bar/bistro set up. The evening food menu is really restricted and, although it’s a matter of personal taste, I don’t regard sitting at a very small table on low chairs (one of which is a padded bench set at a greater height than the freestanding chair) sharing the ambience with persons who are solely there for alcoholic drinks to be a dinner experience. The hotel itself is great, the ‘restaurant’ when regarded as a bar is great but I would recommend booking at the ‘proper’ restaurant. This meal experience was disappointing (although the food itself was good) and detracted from the overall hotel experience. Rate the hotel and its staff highly, this dining experience poorly.

  10. MC

    MaxineC

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Informative magical amazing definitely a place to have a glass of something good and take in the history around you

  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 November 2021

    overall1food2service1ambience4

    Disappointing service and awful juice. Also says freshly squeezed but from a bottle apparently...

  12. AB

    AnnieB

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 November 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The 40 Elephants delivers - dropped in after matinée for cocktails and a bite to eat, 5.30ish so not overly busy but still a nice buzz. Ambience and decor elegant but not stuffy. Staff efficient and friendly, food simple and delicious, cocktails well made. Would highly recommend. Added a big tick to our girly weekend away. Thank you - Annie/Helen/Kate/Lou

  13. DC

    DimChoo

    Berkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 November 2021

    overall5food1service5ambience5

    We were there just for drinks - Alex was amazing !

  14. CK

    CathrynK

    London

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 18 November 2021

    overall4food3service4ambience4

    Only had drinks, cocktails and champagne no food. Nice staff and enjoyed the drinks but limited selection of cocktails, quite expensive and slow service even though it was not busy.

  15. m

    martini

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 6 November 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We had lunch and cocktails when staying at the hotel. Beautiful bar. Great, friendly service from Francesco. He made us some delicious cocktails. Thank you to all for a wonderful stay.

  16. JG

    JamGirl

    London

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 31 October 2021

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Really enjoyed a relaxing Sunday evening at The Forty Elephants. Great decor and good bar snacks but the star of the show were the amazing cocktails and even more amazing service. The bar staff went the extra mile to ensure we had the drinks we liked and we couldn't have asked for better service!

  17. WW

    WilliamW

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 29 October 2021

    overall5food4service4ambience4

    Great menu, good service, however when it got busier service was slow. Great decor and ambiance, good value.

  18. LC

    LorraineC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 September 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Wonderful bar with knowledgable staff and polite but welcoming. Extensive cocktail list but just came in for a glass of fizz to celebrate before a dining booking elsewhere. Hotel beautifully clean and full of memorabilia. Will be back for next birthday occasion!

  19. GK

    GurveerK

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 August 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Very special, very intimate, beautiful setting. Highly recommended.

  20. B

    Brenda

    London

    10 reviews

    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on 20 August 2021

    overall3food5service5ambience5

    It cost £100 for fish and chips, one burger, two drinks (one alcohol free), ice cream for dessert and two cafe latte. Service was excellent and the place is so interesting and quirky.

  21. PE

    PaulE

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 August 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We had a couple of cocktails each before heading out for dinner. The menu, drinks and service were all excellent. Nice ambience and such a lovely cocktail bar.

  22. LB

    LBMc

    London

    56 reviews

    4.0

    56 reviews

    Dined on 31 July 2021

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    Booked a table to catch up with a friend. Staff were welcoming and suggested a cocktail.. huge cocktail menu which they are clearly proud of. Gin cocktail delicious and burger very tasty. Staff attentive but also discreet to allow conversation and privacy. Beautiful venue.

  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 29 July 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The mixology team are so good and the team are all wonderful. The decor always makes me smile

  24. GA

    GulenA

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 July 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Nice place hidden away in London , worth a visit , if in town

  25. N

    Nandino

    London

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on 16 July 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great place for drinks! Beautiful bar, excellent service and an amazing vibe to the place. Looking forward to a return visit. One of the best old fashioneds I have enjoyed in London.

  26. DR

    DanR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 July 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    We had a very pleasant time here, we needed a bar for a few drinks post our dinner. Drinks were good with the bartender keen to make us aware we could order anything off menu too. Atmosphere was perfect for talking amongst our group. The staff were very friendly and keen to talk about the fascinating history of the building. We will be back. We didn’t eat but Open Table won’t let me leave this field blank!

  27. AH

    AHJ78

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 July 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Can’t comment on food because we didn’t eat. It looked good though! Good cocktails. Great, friendly service.

  28. f

    foodie

    London

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on 12 July 2021

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    We celebrated our friends 70th birthday’s over lunch at the 40 Elephants. From the moment we arrived , the service was superb ! The history of the building was explained wonderfully by the manager . We had an amazing gentleman serving us cocktails fir whom nothing was too much …. He imparted just knowledge and made suggestions as to the best pairings . The ambience was perfect . The food was lovely . Best of all , the birthday was marked by the presentation of two exquisite cakes with candles and a glass of champagne each which I had not had to ask for…. how commendable is that !! Our guests were speechless as were we …!! So thank you 40 Elephants for making our celebration truly memorable!

  29. RW

    RachelW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 June 2021

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Lovely bar in a great hotel, cocktails v nice with attentive friendly staff would highly recommend

  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 25 June 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Servo was excellent. 5 star

  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Bath

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 June 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The service was first class, the atmosphere was great and the drinks were the best I’ve had . Attention to detail , and attention to every single person sat in the car

  32. DJ

    DanielJ

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 June 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Absolutely fantastic service and great assistance picking the drinks we would like. Great end to a date night with my partner.

  33. PS

    PhoebeS

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 5 June 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Really lovely venue for a first date. Not too packed so perfect for people that are still conscious about the current climate

  34. C

    Curtis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 June 2021

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    A wonderfully gentle atmosphere, tucked into a beautiful alcove of London. Recommend for a fantastic night of intimate drinks and food.

  35. MD

    MattD

    Nottingham

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 June 2021

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Great service and incredible surroundings. Menu slightly small but presume that's due to opening up after the pandemic.

  36. TW

    ThereW

    South Wales

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 May 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Absolutely brilliant loved the atmosphere. Will definitely be returning soon.

  37. RN

    RuthN

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 May 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing cocktails, great service, beautiful surroundings. Great for a special occasion.

  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 28 May 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Lovely setting, very creative. However a limited and over priced cocktail selection.

  39. VK

    ViKa

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 22 May 2021

    overall5food2service5ambience5

    Great classy place. Smaller than in pictures, but awesome vibes and attentive vibes.

  40. E

    Eyejaybee

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 15 December 2020

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    This was the last night before all bars and restaurants in London closed, so we were very keen fir a special evening, and the 40 Elephants provided it. Great cocktails and very friendly service. The food was not spectacular, but was, nevertheless, enjoyable. I am looking forward to returning post COVID.

FAQs

The 40 Elephants is rated 4.8 stars by 42 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.

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Booked 3 times today
Google Map for The 40 Elephants

3-5 Great Scotland Yard London, SW1A 2HN

  • Area

    Westminster

  • Hours of Operation

    Mon–Thu, Sun 11:00 am–11:00 pm
    Fri, Sat 11:00 am–12:00 am

  • Cuisines

    Cocktail Bar, Dining Bar, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking Details

    None

  • Public Transit

    Embankment and Charing Cross Stations

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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