28-32 St. Martin's Court, WC2N 4AL.
T: 020 7240 2565
The West End's most famous fish restaurant
Where is it?
Located in St. Martin's Court, between St. Martin's Lane and Charing Cross Road, J. Sheekey is a short walk from Leciester Square or the Strand, and easily reached from Leicester Square tube station. Despite being surrounded by tacky tourist souveneir shops and cheap pizza joints, the little pedestrian walkway lends an air of sophistication to the maroon-fronted restaurant. This is reinforced by the bowler-hatted doorman.
What's it like?
Inside, there's a series of small, wood-panelled rooms with white tablecloths, dimly lit by by seashell light fittings and decorated with black and white photos of theatreland stars from yesteryear. It creates a gentleman's club feel that is comforting and traditional, though its clientele is altogether more glam - keep an eye out for Joan Collins, Biggins and the Beckhams. Surprise surprise, civilians need to book early to get in, though they'll be made to feel just as special once they do make it in. Fish has been served here since its namesake opened the venue in 1896, so you can sample everything from delicious skate to gravlax, the infamous fish pie and fish stew, or lobster. Prices are pretty variable, with the legendary fish pie coming in at just £12, but other dishes can be as high as several hundred pounds if you're a caviar fan.
Why does Johnny Ikon love it?
This place feels just like home. Well, home with someone who's a really, really, REALLY good seafood chef anyway!
The Caribbean comes to Chelsea
Princes William and Harry like it, though I'm not sure that's much endorsement
Elegance, drama and history inform these two intimate venues
Where fashion meets the West End!
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