Lord’s Tavern: A New Way to Enjoy Art

How the Dame Owners Decorated Their New Restaurant, Lord’s Tavern

The new restaurant at the Lord’s Tavern hotel in London

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For all the world of restaurants, Lord’s Tavern is an exception. The Michelin-starred London hotel’s new restaurant pays homage to one of the world’s greatest culinary traditions, which is also its most distinctive. It features dishes from the 18th century, the very cuisine that, in the early 20th century, has inspired the dishes in the restaurant’s wine list—along with dishes inspired by its location as a British Embassy that was built to commemorate Queen Victoria and where diplomats from around the globe were entertained. For me, the most memorable dishes are those that have appeared on my friend and chef Adam Platt’s menu, which includes dishes that evoke London’s history and traditions.

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Lord’s Tavern’s “Avenue” is its oldest restaurant, and it has always included one of London’s best known institutions, the British Museum. This is where, beginning in 1667, the museum introduced a new way to appreciate art that would, today, seem almost quaint. When it opened, its galleries and the reading room were intended primarily as a place for scholars, visitors, and staff to enjoy good food. But the museum took a risk, not only in its new way of presenting art, but also in its new role as a British Embassy. Lord’s Tavern is, literally, sitting between two of the most important works of art in the world, the British Museum and the British Embassy.

Adam Platt’s menu at Lord’s Tavern

The result is a very different menu at some of the finest restaurants in London. I had the opportunity to meet the chef, Adam Platt, at Lord’s Tavern, where a staff member

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