Named after himself it is the mirror image of his Joe Allen New York site, a subterranean restaurant, with crisp white table cloths, long aproned waiters and a long eat over bar complete with speed rail.

When Joe’s opened it was not only in theatre land, it was also all about a dining experience filled with theatre, where the waiters were wannabe actors, producers and directors and the cast and crew of the West End’s best theatrical productions would use it as their own canteen. Joe Allen rapidly became the place to hang-out, packed with every film, television, fashion, rock and stage celebrity.

Nothing has changed, the brick work walls are adorned with posters of classic musical and stage productions, famous American stars and the odd sporting icon (a nod to Joe Allen’s love of sport).

The food is always American. Steaks, grills and salads, appetisers and market fish. Ice cream, jellies and brownies.

The service is as always relaxed and informal complementing the all American beer menu and outstanding world wine list.


Orso is a former orchid warehouse in Covent Garden, offering authentic Italian Food, Orso Restaurant opened in October 1985. With a bustling atmosphere with pale terracotta walls, crisp white table cloths, subtle lighting and a fine bar all with an atmosphere reminiscent of Milan in the 50’s.

Firmly established as the West End Italian restaurant of Choice, Orso is open for lunch, pre-theatre meals, dinner and late suppers.

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