We won’t lie, we have been known to have multiple birthday celebrations. Let’s say your birthday falls on a Tuesday – that’s no fun. You’ll need to go for dinner on the day itself but then the weekend calls for the main celebrations, and maybe a brunch the next day for a full debrief of the night before. That makes three birthday-related events and we could probably do even more… So how do you go about celebrating 100 years? London icon The Ivy turns 100 this year and, to celebrate, are holding a whole host of events throughout the year. We don’t blame them.
They kicked off celebrations late last year, with an intimate performance from Kylie Minogue prior to her show at the Royal Albert Hall. The celebrations continued into the new year with the unveiling of a green plaque that now sits just above the restaurants stained glass windows, presented by Westminster City Council, highlighting the contributions they’ve made to society. Their signature shepherd’s pie has certainly made our lives that little bit better.
The little Italian cafe that opened 100 years ago by Abele Giandolini is a mere shadow of it’s current grandeur. Having said that, it’s always been a hotspot for theatre goers and performers alike – we’ve heard Giandolini would send meals to the dressing rooms of actors between performances! Still, 100 years ago, you wouldn’t have even been able to order a pint or an aperitif – waitresses would be paid to go to the nearest pub! Now you can enjoy a classic menu, with an extensive wine list to choose from and to celebrate the centenary year, you may choose from the new cocktail menu titled Scenes from The Ivy 100. It’s been created by the bar manager Darren Ball and draws inspiration from the best eras of the last hundred years, like prohibition and the swinging 60s, all with specially commissioned period sketches to match.
Available from April at The Mount Street Deli, the hotel’s sister establishment, will be a limited edition gin distilled exclusively for The Ivy. The flavour profile focuses mainly on pine, but, paying homage to the restaurant, there are hints of English ivy in there too.
Leading us into the next century of The Ivy, will be a range of new dishes, adding to their already expansive and continental menu. Among the new dishes will be aa dessert titled A Window to The Ivy, designed to look like those famous coloured diamond windows. Also designed to look like the iconic windows is a box that encases a collection of beautiful Ivy chocolates, which conveniently launch on Valentine’s Day so if you’re struggling for presents…
The restaurant have a few surprises planned with the surrounding theatres but judging from what we know of their other celebrations, it’s going to be pretty spectacular – if there’s ever been a time to tick The Ivy off your bucket list, this is your chance.