Review on ICA Café & Bar

Nestling in John Nash's magnificent Carlton House Terrace, the Institute of Contemporary Arts is a shrine to all things modern and has been wowing the crowds since it moved here in 1968. It now has the bonus of a re-vamped café and bar, courtesy of British champion Oliver Peyton, who recently added the ICA to his portfolio of restaurants in public spaces.

The strikingly bold interior looks as it has been sprayed with E-number colourings, what with its Technicolour tiles, eye-popping iridescent tables and chairs, and vast skylights. The food is true-Brit stuff with a few eclectic add-ons and a liking for all things local and organic. Seasonal offerings might include jellied ham with piccalilli, crispy squid salad with chilli glaze, slow-cooked pork belly with celeriac and Cox's apple mash, and desserts ranging from Eton mess to brandy chocolate pots.

The arty bar is open right through the day for sexy, mouthwatering cocktails, trendy beers, sharing platters and fashionable nibbles to go with regular DJ sets.

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Restaurant Opening Times

Lunch: 11.30am - 3.30pm Tue-Sun
Dinner: 5.30 - 9.00pm Tue-Sun

Accepted credit cards

Visa, Master Card, American Express

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Facilities at ICA Café & Bar

  • Private dining room
  • Private parties
  • Vegetarian menu
  • 150 covers


ICA Café & Bar
12 Carlton House Terrace
The Mall
St James's
South West London

Nearest tube station: Charing Cross

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