Our History

The tale of a timeless classic, constantly reinventing itself without ever losing its essence


Le Caprice, located behind the Ritz Hotel in St James’s, first opened in 1947, under Mario Gallati, former Maître d’ of The Ivy. However, it was on its relaunch in 1981 that it became the world-famous restaurant we know and love. It was then that it became the very model of urban elegance, with its black and white décor, David Bailey photographs and long dining bar. Le Caprice’s menu features modern British dishes prepared with carefully sourced seasonal game, meat, fish and vegetables accompanied by the most sumptuous desserts.

In no time, it became a social institution with a devoted international clientele who enjoy its unsurpassed service and lively atmosphere, and the expert marshalling of its famed Director, Jesus Adorno.

In September 2011, the restaurant received a design refresh by Martin Brudnizki with touches including black oak panels and a new marble floor, backlit ivory onyx bar and larger reception area. Diners can now watch the world of St James’s go by all day amid royal blue awnings and topiary planters on the terrace. As Le Caprice celebrated its 35th anniversary in 2016, still under the masterful stewardship of Jesus Adorno and in as rude health as ever, it seems this is one institution that may never fade away.