Scott’s, Mayfair, London


Reputedly the place where Ian Fleming discovered that martinis taste better rattled around a cocktail shaker, Scott’s enjoys the distinction of being the eatery that appears in more Bond books than any other

Since 1851, Scott’s has seen all manner of luminaries drift through its doors, from Marilyn Monroe and Winston Churchill in the 1950s to the Beckhams, Clintons and Windsors today.

Such star wattage comes at a price: tables are sometimes booked up two months in advance – which would be irksome if not for the sterling seafood: sumptuous Dover sole, shellfish bisque laced with cognac, plus drool-worthy fines de claire and West Mersea oysters served from the marble-topped crustacea bar, which forms the fulcrum of the room.

There’s an ‘r’ in the month from now until May, providing the ideal opportunity for diners to investigate further.

Lysanne Currie

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Lysanne Currie

Lysanne Currie

Lysanne Currie is an editor, writer and digital content creator. Her first job was at Melody Maker and she then spent over 10 years in teenage magazines working from sub editor on 19 Magazine to editorial director of Hachette’s Teen Group. Her previous roles include group editor and head of content publishing for Director Publications and editorial director at BSkyB overseeing Sky’s entertainment, sports and digital magazines. Lysanne lives in London with her music promoter partner and a four year old Jack Russell.

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