J Sheekey

Seafood in The West End

A jewel of the Covent Garden dining scene, this incredibly smart restaurant was opened by 1890s fishmonger Josef Sheekey on the permission of Lord Salisbury (who wanted somewhere to eat after the theatre). It has four elegant, discreet and spacious wood-panelled rooms in which to savour the riches of the sea, cooked simply but exquisitely. Set menus for two/three courses are £25/30.

The adjoining Atlantic Bar (open noon to midnight Monday to Saturday, to 10.30pm Sunday), popular with pre- and post-theatregoers for its oysters and shellfish, is another highlight.