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IoD - Institute of Directors

116 Pall Mall, London SW1Y 5ED, England
+44 20 7766 8888
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  • Excellent53%
  • Very good31%
  • Average9%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible2%
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“lunch” (24 reviews)
“risotto” (3 reviews)
“fish cakes” (2 reviews)
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British, European, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
116 Pall Mall, London SW1Y 5ED, England
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Very hit or miss as to whats available both in terms of menu choices and rooms to sit in - they seem to focus most of their efforts on private events. The food is largely overpriced pub grub, and the bar bills are the same....More

Thank MrC1973
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Good choice of food and well chosen wine list. New dining room location works well and atmosphere of the room is conducive to conversation. A pleasant evening. I am a member of the Institute of Directors.

Thank DSL2009
Reviewed 13 January 2018

Ate lunch here as a guest. I ate smoked trout to start and pheasant for main. Maitre D' was suitably obsequies but waitress needed a couple more days at charm school - she wasn't rude but she wasn't very happy. Food was top notch and...More

Thank Largesarge1961
Reviewed 11 December 2017

I took a party of 5 for traditional Christmas lunch at £40 per head for the 3-course option. Service from waiting staff and sommelier was offhand and slow. The food was edible but scarcely memorable and our waiter produced a serving of roast potatoes and...More

Thank Brian M
Reviewed 7 December 2017 via mobile

As part of our Christmas shopping experience my wife and I took lunch at the IOD. It was quite simply delightful and thanks to Delyan, Francesca and Alain heralded in our Christmas spirit. The food was good, the background music seasonally appropriate and general ambiance...More

1  Thank richo02
Reviewed 16 October 2017

Excellent for lunch or dinner - great quality at very acceptable prices in the members room and extremely friendly & efficient staff. Good place to network or "impress" a guest.

2  Thank Totalpost
Reviewed 27 September 2017 via mobile

Pall Mall IoD is very welcoming to new members. 2 Directors lounges where everyone works, makes calls, networks and has smaller meetings. In the basement a simple coffee bar and recently refurbished bar. 3 generous tapas for £12 and a glass of wine in a...More

Thank PaulaBridget100
Reviewed 22 September 2017 via mobile

A beautiful building that exudes history and class. Great service and wonderful food. A well stocked bar. All as you would expect.

Thank MartynP2
Reviewed 19 September 2017 via mobile

Excellent service , ( wine bar ) very clean great ambience.good selection of tapas sadly we didn't get to eat them as there was a fire alarm but cancelled must visit again

Thank niaguk
Reviewed 17 September 2017 via mobile

A great location and venue for working, meetings et al. A traditional interior that has services to match. Many visitors comment and look to this institute for much in the SME sector in particular. Not cheap but good value!

Thank David L
St. James's
Perennially fashionable since the days of Henry VIII,
the aristocratic “Clubland” of St James's is a premier
destination for high end craft and bespoke design.
Here you’ll lose count of the Royal Warrants (which
indicate that the Royal Family patronizes the
establishment) seen in shop front windows, even during
a short stroll to bordering Green Park or St James’s
Park. With the brightly lit and constantly buzzing
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27 April 2017|
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Response from Adaroc | Reviewed this property |
It depends on the event off course however it's best to be smart casual. Most events I attend have the men in Business Suits and the ladies dressed if they were going to a meal at chic restaurant.
6 November 2016|
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Response from Rusty B | Reviewed this property |
Most users definitely prefer smart or smart casual, but I have seen members wearing jeans and trainers. Whilst I understand why members might frown upon this, if you are down in London for leisure, it is inconvenient to... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$21 - US$56
Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa
Good for
Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings
Open Hours
7:45 AM - 11:00 PM
7:45 AM - 11:00 PM
7:45 AM - 11:00 PM
7:45 AM - 11:00 PM
7:45 AM - 11:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 116 Pall Mall, London SW1Y 5ED, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  London>  > St. James's
  • Neighbourhood: St. James's
  • Phone Number: +44 20 7766 8888
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The Restaurant on the ground floor of 116 Pall Mall is open for all-day dining. Serving British and European dishes, where possible every ingredient is locally sourced and chosen for its seasonality. Head Chef Roger Evans has over 40 years' experience working in Michelin star restaurants and also trained Gordan Ramsay. The Restaurant menus have been carefully crafted with a passion for showcasing high quality ingredients and classic flavour combinations. The space offers an elegant environment to meet friends, entertain clients or relax after a day of work.
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