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The Empress

) #765 of 18,119 Restaurants in London $$ - $$$ Indian, Asian,
141 Leman Street, London E1 8EY, England
+44 20 7265 0745
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  • Excellent62%
  • Very good26%
  • Average5%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible5%
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Indian, Asian, Balti, Bangladeshi, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
141 Leman Street, London E1 8EY, England
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Until fairly recently this was our favourite Indian restaurant, until the staff decided to add an extra round of drinks and some extra dishes to our bill that we had neither ordered or received. They were very unapologetic and appeared to be aware of what...More

Thank Karen M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

It is one of the best places in the area. The exterior is not so nice but the food inside is worth it. The service is also really good. Good option

Thank Alex P
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We chose to eat in for a change as this is where we usually get our Indian takeaways from. The food was even tastier than the last takeaway we had from here and the service was great. Bob recommended a slightly different dish for us...More

Thank 1Emily_JS
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We stumbled in this one-forgot the phone!- after being turned off by spice namaste preciousness. Do glad we did! Lovely and gracious staff, excellent food ( try the cheddar and coriander naan!) and exactly what we wanted. Casual and excellent

Thank Meredith B
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

I have been about 5 times and now travel from different parts of London to eat here, when I am visiting. I love this restaurant for its atmosphere, friendly staff and above all the superb food. The chef special chutney that comes with papadams is...More

Thank El A
Reviewed 19 May 2017

Good food, an extensive menu and attentive service, all coupled with a variety of standard and more adventurous dishes, make this a good choice for Indian food away from the tourist trap chaos of Brick Lane.

Thank Eric G
Reviewed 16 May 2017 via mobile

Visited for dinner on a Sunday evening. Ordered duck tikka and a prawn curry. The food was good and tasty but the table I was sat at was very dark. I would visit again but perhaps ask for a table nearer the front window.

Thank Sdfern
Reviewed 12 May 2017

I cannot remember how many years I have been coming to the Empress and I think I know the menu backwards. The food and service are always exceptional ... it is a pleasure to dine here! In fact, I have been know to eat here...More

Thank neilscordell
Reviewed 29 April 2017

I've been going here for a number of years and can say that this is my favourite curry house in London. Really friendly service with a great menu. If you are looking for a 'traditional' British curry house in London, this is the place! It...More

Thank healymonster69
Reviewed 27 April 2017 via mobile

Staff is friendly Restaurant is very clean The food is fresh Shipoon took care of me and did the best to satisfy me

Thank alexo2769
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$13 - US$25
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Delivery, Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Groups
Open Hours
18:00 - 00:00
18:00 - 00:00
12:00 - 14:30
18:00 - 00:00
12:00 - 14:30
18:00 - 00:00
12:00 - 14:30
18:00 - 00:00
12:00 - 14:00
18:00 - 00:00
12:00 - 14:30
18:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 141 Leman Street, London E1 8EY, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  London>  > Whitechapel
  • Neighbourhood: Whitechapel
  • Phone Number: +44 20 7265 0745
  • E-mail
Come and experience fine dining in one of the best Indian restaurant near Tower Bridge, London. The Empress Indian restaurant offers you a superb range of great tasting Indian food with a modern twist in comfortable, contemporary and a stylish surrounding. Our restaurant is situated walking distance from Tower Bridge. Our aim is as it always has been, to give all our guests the best possible dining experience from start to finish. Our latest menu has a larger array of new choices of delicious authentic Indian dishes, that has been cooked selected to delight your taste buds.With Our fresh and fabulous signature dishes, The Empress has already become hot favourite in the heart of East London.
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