For two hundred years now there has been fine dining at 8 Northumberland Avenue. If you were looking for a great restaurant near The Strand, or near Charing Cross in any of the previous centuries then the grand dining room of Northumberland House or it’s many incarnations as a hotel would be a fine recommendation indeed.
And of all the restaurants near Trafalgar Square, the geographic heart of the capital, Boyds Grill & Wine Bar can claim to be one of the most central restaurants in London. Turn left out of the restaurant, walk up Northumberland Avenue towards Trafalgar Square, and there you’ll find a brass plaque in the pavement marking the geographic centre of the capital.
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With Whitehall, Embankment and Charing Cross as neighbours, we’re perfectly suited for a pre-theatre drink or meal if you’re headed to the Playhouse Theatre, or if you’re planning a romantic evening and need to impress, then we’re just the venue for you. Away from the noise, clamour and rush of the West End, we’re tucked away on Northumberland Avenue, a beacon of modern style, taste and sensibilities within one of Victorian London’s grandest old houses.
If it’s the draw of London’s world class theatreland that brings you into the city, then Boyd’s Grill & Wine Bar has the pre-theatre menu to make sure you’re evening is one to remember. We’re perfectly sited for anyone making the trip into the West End, and are only a stone’s throw from The Adelphi Theatre on The Strand, The Trafalgar Studios on Whitehall and of course The Playhouse Theatre on Northumberland Avenue.
We’re incredibly proud of the fine heritage of our building, and have taken great care to complement the Italianate façade and marble floors with a contemporary interior; mixing modern art with our copper bar, and mixing classic champagnes with contemporary cocktails. At Boyds Grill & Wine Bar we are aware of our heritage whilst always having one eye on the future.
Northumberland Avenue itself was built by the Victorian powerhouse that was Joseph Bazalgette – an incredible feat in and of itself, but just another successfully completed project in the career of this most prodigious of civic engineers. Completed in March 1876 for the princely sum of £15, 750.00 it was designed to echo the feel of a Parisian boulevard – wide, airy and lined with trees. Connecting Trafalgar Square to the west, to the Embankment in the east, Northumberland Avenue has a fascinating history that continues to be built upon.
The Beatles performed at The Playhouse Theatre. Alec Guinness’ first theatre appearances were also on that same stage. Arthur Conan Doyle set key scenes from The Hound of the Baskervilles in the same building we now occupy; such was the draw of this most fashionable address. Over time we’ve shared the Avenue with neighbours such as the Ministry of Defence and The Commonwealth Office – we’re on the Monopoly board, and when the eyes of the world were on London during the 2012 Olympics, runners flooded down Northumberland Avenue around mile 3 of the marathon.
And so you can see that few restaurants in central London can lay claim to such a prestigious past, and even fewer restaurants can pair the grandiose so well with the relaxed, modern elegance of our modern grill and wine bar.
And if we turn our attention to another great Londoner, the oft-overlooked Harry Beck, designer of the London Underground map, we find another reason why we’re a destination worth exploring – situated conveniently between Embankment tube and Charing Cross tube, we are served by both the Northern line and Bakerloo lines. The search for a truly exception Charing Cross restaurant or Embankment restaurant is over.
True to our roots, our restaurant menu sources British, local, artisanal ingredients, many of them from small producers right here in the capital. One of our gins comes from Peckham, and one of our beers from Norwood. All local producers dedicated to making exceptional products that speak of the city and add to the on-going story of Northumberland Avenue and Boyds Grill & Wine Bar.