London dining, Downton style

Here are some of the most famous London restaurants visited by the Downton Abbey characters. They are amongst the longest running establishments in the capital. We have also thrown in some other lovely places that have been open for over a century and would have been regular haunts of the Downton crowd and their friends.

The Ritz Restaurant

Ahh, the Ritz! It's no surprise that this is one of the few restaurants that is fully featured in the show. Alfred Nugent gets a job here and leaves Downton to pursue his career. Later on Edith dines with Rosamund at the Ritz and it is also here that she and Bertie rekindle their flame. The Ritz has been the backdrop to many a famous scene on the silver screen.

Ahh, the Ritz! It's no surprise that this is one of the few restaurants that is fully featured in the show. Alfred Nugent gets a job here and leaves Downton to pursue his career. Later on Edith dines with Rosamund at the Ritz and it is also here that she and Bertie rekindle their flame. The Ritz has been the backdrop to many a famous scene on the silver screen.
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Rules

This is the longest running restaurant in London, founded in 1798 and visited multiple times in the show. Edith meets Michael Gregson here to discuss writing for his magazine. Mary, Rose, Tom and Edith lunch here before Rose's wedding with Atticus and we all know how that scene played out. Bertie and Edith also briefly meet here before rushing back to her office at the Sketch. Rules specialises in game and has its own estate in Teesdale.

This is the longest running restaurant in London, founded in 1798 and visited multiple times in the show. Edith meets Michael Gregson here to discuss writing for his magazine. Mary, Rose, Tom and Edith lunch here before Rose's wedding with Atticus and we all know how that scene played out. Bertie and Edith also briefly meet here before rushing back to her office at the Sketch. Rules specialises in game and has its own estate in Teesdale.
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Simpson's-in-the-Strand

Mary and Charles Blake have dinner with Mabel Lane Fox. She storms off when she realises Charles is trying to get her and Tony Gillingham back together. This old restaurant, opened in 1828 and is situated on The Strand, near the famous Savoy Hotel.

Mary and Charles Blake have dinner with Mabel Lane Fox. She storms off when she realises Charles is trying to get her and Tony Gillingham back together. This old restaurant, opened in 1828 and is situated on The Strand, near the famous Savoy Hotel.
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Sweetings

Opened in 1830. This restaurant specialises in British seafood and has moved location multiple times but has been in its current spot since pre-Downton times. If you fancy dining on caviar and lobster this is the place for you. If this isn't enough for you, why not try a traditional spotted dick off the old-fashioned British pudding menu.

Opened in 1830. This restaurant specialises in British seafood and has moved location multiple times but has been in its current spot since pre-Downton times. If you fancy dining on caviar and lobster this is the place for you. If this isn't enough for you, why not try a traditional spotted dick off the old-fashioned British pudding menu.
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Wiltons

Wiltons started life as a stall selling oysters in 1742. Although the restaurant didn't open until 1840, it still claims to be the oldest restaurant in London. Still specialising in oysters, it has an old-fashioned gentlemen's club atmosphere. This was never featured in Downton, but as the Royal family were counted as customers we are sure it was good enough for the Crawleys.

Wiltons started life as a stall selling oysters in 1742. Although the restaurant didn't open until 1840, it still claims to be the oldest restaurant in London. Still specialising in oysters, it has an old-fashioned gentlemen's club atmosphere. This was never featured in Downton, but as the Royal family were counted as customers we are sure it was good enough for the Crawleys.
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Kettner's

Opened in 1867. This old establishment has been visited by Oscar Wilde, Agatha Christie and Bing Crosby over the years. Kettner's has recently been restored, with lots of listed features including a mosaic floor.

Opened in 1867. This old establishment has been visited by Oscar Wilde, Agatha Christie and Bing Crosby over the years. Kettner's has recently been restored, with lots of listed features including a mosaic floor.
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Veeraswamey

This Michelin starred restaurant was opened in 1926, so towards the end of the Downton period. It is England's oldest curry house and Churchill himself visited, along with many other upper class folk.

This Michelin starred restaurant was opened in 1926, so towards the end of the Downton period. It is England's oldest curry house and Churchill himself visited, along with many other upper class folk.
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F Cooke Hoxton

Opened in 1862, with a focus on pies, served with mash and liquor. F Cooke is still affordable at under a fiver, and perhaps would've been visited by the Downton staff rather than the Crawleys. If you are feeling adventurous you can even add a side of jellied eels to your pie and mash!

Opened in 1862, with a focus on pies, served with mash and liquor. F Cooke is still affordable at under a fiver, and perhaps would've been visited by the Downton staff rather than the Crawleys. If you are feeling adventurous you can even add a side of jellied eels to your pie and mash!
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Boulestin

This opened in 1927, so right at the end of the Downton era. With changes in society happening towards the end of the 1920's the family started going to public restaurants more freely. Opened by a French chef, so expect French classics.

This opened in 1927, so right at the end of the Downton era. With changes in society happening towards the end of the 1920's the family started going to public restaurants more freely. Opened by a French chef, so expect French classics.
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Simpson's Tavern

Opened in 1757, this pub still serves British classics and very much has the feel of a Victorian chop house. Another venue more likely to be frequented by Downton staff rather than their bosses.

Opened in 1757, this pub still serves British classics and very much has the feel of a Victorian chop house. Another venue more likely to be frequented by Downton staff rather than their bosses.
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Granaio

This is where the old Criterion restaurant used to be. Edith says she could never have eaten in The Criterion, or any public restaurant, before the war, with the exception of the Ritz. It is here that Michael announces his plans to become a German citizen in order to divorce his wife. He and Edith talk of marriage and share their first kiss.

This is where the old Criterion restaurant used to be. Edith says she could never have eaten in The Criterion, or any public restaurant, before the war, with the exception of the Ritz. It is here that Michael announces his plans to become a German citizen in order to divorce his wife. He and Edith talk of marriage and share their first kiss.
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Scott's

One of the five oldest restaurants in London. Founded in 1851, Scott's began life as an oyster warehouse. Ian Fleming, the creator of James Bond, was often seen at Scott's in the 50s and 60s and it was here that he discovered the dry martini 'shaken not stirred'. If the Crawleys fancied a dinner of seafood and champagne, this would have been the place.

One of the five oldest restaurants in London. Founded in 1851, Scott's began life as an oyster warehouse. Ian Fleming, the creator of James Bond, was often seen at Scott's in the 50s and 60s and it was here that he discovered the dry martini 'shaken not stirred'. If the Crawleys fancied a dinner of seafood and champagne, this would have been the place.
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